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Difference between behavioral problem or mental illness?

Difference between behavioral problem or mental illness?

BEHAVIOR PROBLEM: Behavior problem in not a mental derangement unless it persist for more than 3-4 mo. Where in mental health consult. May be indicated. It is clinically significant if it interfere with social or cognitive functioning or maturation. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Behavioral Problem (Definition)

Behavior encompasses a lot of what we do, and problems can be large or small - so it is a pretty loose term. It often refers to externailzing behaviors which tend to disrespect or disrupt the rights or activities of others. Aggression, stealing, defiance, are ...Read more


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What's the difference between having the mental illness depression and having temporary depression?

There's no differenc: If you have symptoms and signs of depression that last more than 2 weeks and interfere with your functioning, you are depressed.An exception is bereavement. ...Read more

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I am a teenager but how do I tell the difference between suffering from a mental illness and hormones?

I am a teenager but how do I tell the difference between suffering from a mental illness and hormones?

Timing: I'm not sure what you're noticing [could you tell us more?] but think about timing. If you're female, do you feel your symptoms right before your period or during your period? Do you feel better once your period is over? If yes, then it could be related to hormones. The other hormone to check out is thyroid [dry skin, brittle hair, tired, feeling cold, weight gain too?] a blood test checks thyroid. ...Read more

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I need to know what is the difference between mental disability and mental disorder?

I need to know what is the difference between mental disability and mental disorder?

Disorder : when an illness causes impairment of functioning in one or more areas of one's life , that is called disability since the patient is disabled and unable to carry one or more functions. mental D/O on the other hand means mental disease such as depression, Anxiety, OCD.. etc.. so one can have a mental D/O without disability, if the disorder is severe enough, it may lead to mental disability. thanx ...Read more

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What is the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

What is the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

Close cousins: Learning disorders are neurological problems that affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. They show up from childhood ; persist over time, yet can be helped with certain kinds of educational therapies. Mental illnesses can affect perception also, but are accompanied by disturbances in mood or behavior. They can require medication for treatment. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being "insane" and having a mental disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between being "insane" and having a mental disorder?

Difference: Insane generally means losing touch with reality. Mental disorders are a number of specific psychiatric conditions. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a neurological disorder and a mental disorder?

No good answer: There is not a good answer to this question. Generally, we use the term neurological to indicate the physical structure of the central nervous system. The term mental usually means having to do with emotional disorders. however, these are not truly separate and the physical affects the emotional and visa versa. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

Can you explain to me the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

Where is the line: Mental retardation has two primary criteria. An IQ score that is 2 standard deviations below the mean and difficulty with adaptive functioning. On the weschler intelligence scales, that means an IQ score below 70 (with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15), and a documented difficulty with functioning in daily life activities. The vineland scale of adapative functioning is a test used. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with mental illness cope with sleep problems?

How can I help someone with mental illness cope with sleep problems?

Sleep Mental Issues: Sleep disturbance is common in many mental health issues.Regulating a good sleep aids in treatment.Assuring regular times of sleep.If on meds taking it morning or night is important to check with your md.At times sleep inducers can be used to get the rhythm back but with good mood/anxiety/adhd symptoms control sleep will get better. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more