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Introduction to Mental Disorders

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Updated: Feb 22nd 2016

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 "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. In making classification decisions, we have followed 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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ADHD the easy diagnosis - adele arnold - Mar 12th 2012

my son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 i have never thought he has it as 5 ADHD medications sent him psycotic he is now 9 and suffers from psycosis without medication and i believe the ADHD medications have brought out a mental illness as his father was schizophrenic died when my son was 4 and my son behaves like him ,i have found that once a diagnosis for ADHD is made ,mental health professionals only see that and dnt look for anything else i believe from my sons symptoms and the affect on all our lives he has schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and never hadADHD in the first place 

Money VS: Treatment - Dink - Feb 19th 2011

The majority of persons needing help with any form of medical or mental illness are not getting the tretment because of their ability to pay for services. If indeed we are to help prevent incidents such as murder-suicide, we need to consider free services to those in need with more than a 60 day hospital stay that are willing to get the help they need or deserve. People should be first not money.

Where is my help? - - Jan 13th 2011

I contacted seven counties in an attemp to get help with my anxiety, depression and anti-social disorder, only to have them turn me away because of my lack of heath insurance! One can only assume that they are more concerned with money than actually helping people.

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