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What causes mental health disorders?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Etiology: Easiest way is to think of causes as Biopsychosocial. The biological is genetics. The psychological is self concept such as self-esteem. The social is environment such as stress or traumas.
Dr. Perveen Malik
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also chemical imbalance in the brain,there fore medication and psychosocial therapy both are imp.to treat any mental illness
Mar 14, 2015

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is a mental health disorder?

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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Ask psychologist: Psychiatrists tend to deal with psychiatric illnesses, as we are physicians. We use many forms of treatments, depending on the illness and its cause.. If you would like a definition of a psychiatric disorder, let me know.
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Are mental health disorders curable?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Resolution: Typically mental health disorder are not thought of as curable. Rather, emotional issues and conflicts are usually though of as being better managed or resolved through psychotherapy/ medication as well. The symptoms, whatever they may be, ideally diminish in impact, but will always be there to a much lessened degree. Through psychotherapy one learns how to recognize triggers of emotional issues.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some signs of mental health disorders?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mental health: Answering this question would take a whole textbook to write, however, some signs include anxiety, depressed or labile moods, cognitive dysfunction, addiction, break in reality, all of which interfere with daily functioning or cause distress.
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How do doctors diagnose mental health disorders?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Listen: We take a history and see if the symptoms meet the various criteria for a mental disorder. Psychologists also do psychological testing.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Which system of classification is used for mental health disorders?

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Dr. Anthony Vita
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DSM: Although it has generated a lot of controversy, especially with the recently released fifth version, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" is the standard for classification in the United States. It takes an "atheoretical" approach in that it does not adhere to any one school of thought, such as Freudian or biological. The ICD-10 is used in Europe.

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