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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


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What causes mental disorders?

What causes mental disorders?

Many factors: Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what causes any particular mental disorder, maybe with the exception of PTSD. Some are genetically based, but they may not show up in all members of a family. Equally frrequent are environmentally based causes such as chronic neglect or abuse, but these also don't always develop in everyone exposed. It is an ongoing and longstanding question. ...Read more

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Mental disorders are diseases?

Yes: Mental disorders are diseases, not a moral failing. If you have any issues, please consult your doctor as effective treatment may be available for the disorder. ...Read more

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What are some mental disorders?

What are some mental disorders?

There are the usual: psychological responses to life such as transitory moderate depression or anxiety. Then there are major mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, etc. The website of the American Psychological Association will tell you more in a practical way. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How are mental disorders diagnosed?

How are mental disorders diagnosed?

Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice to make or rule out a diagnosis. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. ...Read more

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Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

What do you mean?: What do you mean by "spiritual?" this is not a term that is often used by mental health or medical practitioners when discussing the various causes of mental disorders. Usually we speak of "biopsychosocial" causes. But, to explain mental disorders we consider all aspects of a person, including one's religious or spiritual beliefs. Certainly, what one believes affects one's mental health. ...Read more

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How can mental disorders affect you?

Mental disorders: impact on all aspects of a person's life, work, family, friendships. Getting help can reduce the negative impact of mental illness on a person & their families. ...Read more

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Can mental disorders lead to violence?

Can mental disorders lead to violence?

Multiple problems: The majority of mentally ill people are not violent. However, there are some combinations of risk factors that can make a mentally ill person more prone to violence: not taking medication as prescribed plus substance abuse plus anger management problems plus a major stressor that threatens the ego or self image plus a personality disorder and/or attachment problems from childhood. ...Read more

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How could i get help for mental disorders?

Referral: Ask your family doctor or call your insurance provider. If you do not have insurance, find out which agency provides mental health services for the county where you live and show up for an intake and explain your symptoms and situation. ...Read more

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Is necrophilia considered a mental disorder?

Is necrophilia considered a mental disorder?

Yes: Necrophilia (the erotic attachment to corpses) is a paraphilia. Paraphilias are recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving nonhuman objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or children or other non-consenting persons -- occurring over at least 6 months. For some, sexual arousal is possible only with the preferred fantasy. ...Read more

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