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Is ADHD a mental impairment?

Is ADHD a mental impairment?

It is a functional i: To get any "diagnosis " there needs to be functional impairment , if there is no impairmant then it does not warrant a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more

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Is depression a psychiatric disorder?

Is depression a psychiatric disorder?

No, it's a mood: It's a bit of a trick question. In dictionaries you can find a definition like "the state of being depressed." everyone feels depressed now and then--it's a human emotion. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer and is accompanied by a constellation of other symptoms a person can be thought of as having a depressive "disorder." this is a treatable condition. ...Read more

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Is Aspergers a personality disorder?

Is Aspergers a personality disorder?

No: What was formerly called Asperger's is now included in the mild end of the spectrum of autism. It is not a personality disorder, rather a different way of being that is in the spectrum primarily because the social difficulties (social tone deafness) experienced is out of proportion to otherwise normal to very high intelligence. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiant disorder a psychiatric condition?

Is oppositional defiant disorder a psychiatric condition?

ODD: It is a behavioral disorder classified under the psychiatric diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more

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Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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Is adjustment disorder with depression a disability?

Is adjustment disorder with depression a disability?

No: Adjustment disorders are temporary psychological conditions usually brought on by stressors which seem to have greater impact on functional domains such as social, interpersonal, occupational. Symptoms often subside within six months and are not believed to be longterm or disabling. ...Read more

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Is depression considered a mental impairment?

Is depression considered a mental impairment?

Every one feels: Depressed once in a while but clinical depression is considered a mental disorder. ...Read more

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Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. It is classified as mental illness under cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Absolutely: It is often easy to dismiss anxiety as a trivial problem--unless you've experienced yourself. Quite famous people have been incapacitated by anxiety ranging from specific phobias to generalized fears. Howard hughes probably is the most well known example. ...Read more

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Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Not likely: I agree with my colleague that "disablity" depends on what the condition does in the person's life. Adjustment disorders come in response to a stressor, and usually last no longer than 6 months (unless a very chronic, ongoing stressor). With help, the person is usually able to deal with the stressor so that it no longer dominates life -- and life can move on, along with fruitful occupation. ...Read more

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Is megalomania a real personality disorder?

No: Megalomania is not one of the recognized personality disorders or even a diagnosis, per se. It is a description of someone with "delusions of grandeur and powerfulness" that may be fueled by a variety of factors. The recent meltdown by charlie sheen is an excellent example. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Yes, it's serious: Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Help please! is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Autism: Autism is one in a group of neurodevelopmental disorders causing difficulty in social interaction, language, and behavior. There are varying intensities of autism. In most cases, children with severe autism have marked impairments or a complete inability to communicate or interact with other people. It's different from mental retardation (now called intellectual disabilities). ...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