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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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  • SAMHSA: 9.8 Million U.S. Adults Have Serious Mental Illness

    Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new report published in the Behavioral Health Barometer-United States, 2016, which was released June 12 by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More...

  • Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

    More than a third aren't getting help, federal study says. More...

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      Monitoring by doctors, family and friends is crucial, researchers and experts say. More...

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    • Mental Health Myths Abound in the U.S.

      For instance, survey finds less than half can recognize anxiety. More...

    • Care Access Worsening for Adults With Psychological Distress

      An estimated 8.3 million American adults -- about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population -- suffer from serious psychological distress, with barriers to care on the rise, according to research published online April 17 in Psychiatric Services. More...

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      Rates of the disease tend to be higher in this group, researcher says. More...

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      And about 1 in 10 Americans who need mental health care don't have the insurance coverage, study finds. More...

    • Past Psychiatric Disorders Do Not Raise Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

      Having a mental health disorder doesn't translate into a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a study published in European Psychiatry. More...

    • Past Psychiatric Ills Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

      But more recent symptoms may be part of the disease. More...

    • Self-Harm Can Be a Harbinger of Suicide

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      Projected weather-related disasters will fuel anxiety, depression, psychologists' group warns. More...

    • Ketamine Beneficial for Certain Patients With Mood Disorders

      Use of ketamine for treatment of mood disorders should include appropriate patient selection and consideration of potential risks of treatment, according to a consensus statement published online March 1 in JAMA Psychiatry. More...

    • Patients Reluctant to Comply With Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

      Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only medication, according to a study published online March 6 in Psychotherapy. More...

    • Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

      Compliance more likely when doctors prescribe talk therapy, study finds. More...

    • Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

      Mental health woes may trigger chronic fight-or-flight response, researchers suggest. More...

    • Anxiety, Depression May Up Mortality Risk for Some Cancers

      Anxiety and depression may increase the risk of death from certain cancers, according to research published online Jan. 25 in The BMJ. More...

    • Mental Health May Affect Chances Against Cancer

      Early research suggests anxiety, depression might raise risk of dying from certain malignancies. More...

    • Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

      But greater numbers need to be in treatment for these conditions, researcher says. More...

    • Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

      Rates of infection up to 15 times higher, yet testing rates similar to those without psychiatric woes, study finds. More...

    • Plastic Surgeons Often Miss Patients' Mental Disorders

      10 percent seeking facial procedures have condition called body dysmorphic disorder, study contends. More...

    • Mortality Risk in T2DM Increased With Depression and/or Anxiety

      For individuals with type 2 diabetes, anxiety symptoms affect mortality risk, independently of depression symptoms, and attenuate the excess mortality associated with depression, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in Diabetes Care. More...

    • Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

      But psychiatrists and caseworkers often don't recognize this need, survey finds. More...

    • Rate of Psychiatric Drug Use About 16 Percent in U.S. Adults

      One in six U.S. adults take a psychiatric medication to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia, according to a study published online Dec. 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. More...

    • 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

      Whether the medicines over-prescribed is up for debate, psychiatrists say. More...

    • For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

      6 out of 10 patients put furry or feathered friends at the top of their support list, study finds. More...

    • Health Tip: Thinking About Psychological Therapy?

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    • Heart Rate, BP in Male Teens Tied to Later Risk for Psych Disorders

      Young men with a resting heart rate and blood pressure that are elevated -- but still within normal range -- appear more likely to develop a wide range of mental illnesses later in their lives, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in JAMA Psychiatry. More...

    • U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

      1 in 5 emergency doctors reports waiting at least 2 days for a bed for someone who's mentally ill. More...

    • Are Some Blood Pressure Meds Linked to Depression, Bipolar Risk?

      Researchers add the effect was small, and study did not prove cause and effect. More...

    • Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients

      But experts note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive. More...

    • Internet Addiction May Be Red Flag for Other Mental Health Issues: Study

      Over-reliance on the Web might be linked to depression, anxiety and impulsivity, researchers report. More...

    • Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

      And they're more likely to be transferred without getting treatment, study finds. More...

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      History of antisocial disorder, suicide attempt or marijuana abuse showed the most effect, study authors say. More...

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