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Introduction to Mental Disorders

Mental Disorders

Welcome to our Mental Disorders topic area. In this family of topic centers you will find information about various mental disorders including depression, generalized anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and schizophrenia, to name but a few. Disorders of Childhood are grouped under the Disorders of Childhood topic category

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Mental vs. Medical Classifications:

There is always a question of whether a given disorder or issue would be better classified as a "mental" or a "med...More

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What are mental disorders?

  • In this family of topic centers you will find information concerning various mental disorders including depression, generalized anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and schizophrenia, to name but a few.
  • There is always a question of whether a given disorder or issue would be better classified as a "mental" or a "medical-biological" disorder.
  • To some degree or another, there is no really firm distinction between mental and medical disorders.
  • Many so called 'mental' disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are now known to be primarily biologically based, while other 'medical' disorders have been shown to have a large 'psychological' component.
  • Therefore, many, including this site have decided to follow the lead set out by the authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard reference used by psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in classifying and describing mental disorders.

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  • Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

    Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. More...

  • Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

    Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. More...

  • 'Religious Refusal Laws' May Take Mental Health Toll on LGBT Americans

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  • Non-Stigmatizing Messages Boost Mental Health Services Support

    A non-stigmatizing message about serious mental illness can increase public support for investing in mental health services, according to a study published online April 1 in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. More...

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    • Early Periods Tied to Mental Health Issues Into Adulthood

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    • Gender Minorities Have Greater Mental Illness, Disability

      Gender minority Medicare beneficiaries have larger disability and mental health burdens than the general Medicare population, according to a study published online March 4 in Health Affairs. More...

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      Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. More...

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    • Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

      By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. More...

    • Substantial Unmet Need for Mental Health Care for Veterans

      Many veterans are not accessing needed mental health care within or outside the Veterans Affairs health system, according to a report published by the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services. More...

    • Mental Health Care Access Differs With Race, Insurance

      Among adults with serious psychological distress, whites and those with private insurance were significantly more likely than blacks to experience certain barriers to utilizing health care, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in Psychiatric Services. More...

    • VA Health System Failing on Mental Health Care: Report

      Many U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aren't getting needed mental health treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse, a national panel of experts says. More...

    • Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

      Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. More...

    • More Sought Mental Health Specialty Care in 2008 to 2015

      Between 2008 and 2015 there was an increase in the number of U.S. adults who received outpatient mental health care in the specialty sector, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. More...

    • Health Tip: Stay Well

      Being well should include focusing on mental health, avoiding substance abuse and getting the proper medical care, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says. More...

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      Pairing medication with an ingestible sensor can help clinicians track how often and when patients actually take their prescription drugs More...

    • FDA OKs First 'Digital Pill' That Lets Doctors Know It's Been Taken

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    • Is Too Much Time Online Raising Suicide Risk in Teen Girls?

      A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide More...

    • Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes

      The study found that those who were spanked were more likely to have abused drugs or attempted suicide. More...

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    • Medical License Questions Sway Doctors' Mental Health Help

      Medical licensure application questions regarding mental health contribute to physicians' reluctance to seek help for mental health, according to a study published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. More...

    • Americans More Open About Mental Health Issues, But Stigma Lingers

      Poll found many thought 'personal failings' were part of the cause of some conditions. More...

    • Narrow Networks in ACA Marketplace for Mental Health

      Networks in mental health are generally narrower than in primary care, with plan networks including 11.3 percent of mental health providers practicing in a given state-level market, according to a study published online in the September issue of Health Affairs. More...

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    • Psychosocial Intervention App Feasible in Serious Mental Illness

      A psychosocial self-management intervention can be adapted for smartphone application and used by adults with serious mental illness, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. More...

    • Health Tip: Mental Disorders Are Common

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    • Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

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