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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  • Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

    The percentage of adults who had received any treatment for their mental health increased from 19.2% in 2019 to just 20.3% in 2020. More...

  • U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

    The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami." More...

  • AHA News: Another Barrier for Black and Hispanic People: Good Mental Health Care

    For people who face racial and ethnic discrimination, experts say the added "otherness" of mental illnesses may prove one hurdle too many in reaching the help they need. More...

  • Adults With Autism, Mental Illness May Be at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

    Adults with autism, intellectual disabilities or mental health disorders are at increased risk for COVID-19 and severe illness, researchers report. More...

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      "Most people are resilient and can recover," said Susan Clayton, a professor of psychology at Ohio's College of Wooster. "But a significant number of people have trouble with PTSD or increases in anxiety and depression, and that can last even after the community has rebuilt." More...

    • Pandemic Boosted Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories, Study Confirms

      Using online surveys and the same card games, the researchers detected increased levels of paranoia and erratic behavior among the general population in the United States during the pandemic. More...

    • Many U.S. Mass Shooters Had Untreated Mental Illness: Study

      A new study finds that many mass shooters in America suffered from a mental illness that wasn't being treated when they committed their crime. More...

    • Telehealth Is Growing in Use, Acceptance Among Americans: Poll

      Many Americans have used telehealth and would turn to it for mental health care, a new online poll shows. More...

    • Worry, Depression Can Plague Folks Who Get Implanted Defibrillators

      An implanted heart defibrillator is a life changer in more ways than one. More than one in 10 patients who receive the device also developed anxiety or depression, a new study reveals. More...

    • High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

      Researchers found that, on average, Black Americans reported an increase in "poor mental health days" during weeks where more than one deadly racial incident was in the news. More...

    • Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

      While ER visits have stayed below normal levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of people showing up in the emergency department with mental woes is increasing, new federal government data shows. More...

    • Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

      As if attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't already tough on a child, new research suggests the condition might also raise the odds for a psychotic disorder later in life. More...

    • Mental Health 'Epidemic' Threatens Communities of Color Amid COVID-19

      Communities of color face a burgeoning wave of mental health problems as a result of how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people interact and grieve, experts warn. More...

    • Mental Illness Not a Factor in Most Mass Shootings

      Contrary to what many believe, a new study finds that mental illness isn't a factor in most mass shootings or other types of mass murder. More...

    • History of Mental Illness Tied to Earlier Onset of Alzheimer's Disease

      People with Alzheimer's disease often have a history of depression or anxiety, which might mean an earlier emergence of memory and thinking problems, a preliminary study suggests. More...

    • Mental Health Trauma Plagues Wildfire Survivors

      The 2018 wildfire that destroyed 239 square miles in Northern California, including the town of Paradise, left a lasting mental health crisis in its wake. More...

    • 1 in 3 Young Americans Prescribed a Psychiatric Drug Misuses Them: Study

      Many young Americans are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat medical conditions, but nearly one-third of them wind up misusing the medications, a new study finds. More...

    • Survey Shows Mental Woes Spiked in U.S. Pandemic's First Months

      It may be no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing some Americans significant psychological distress. That mental trauma hit people hard, even early in the pandemic, new research shows. More...

    • Pandemic Taking Big Mental Health Toll on Health Care Workers

      For the general population, depression grew almost 16%, anxiety was up more than 15%, PTSD grew nearly 22%, psychological distress increased more than 13%, and insomnia grew nearly 24%. But among health care workers, insomnia rates were more than two times higher. More...

    • Rap Music Is Putting Mental Health in the Spotlight

      Beat-heavy rap music could help beat mental illness: Over the past two decades, the lyrics of the most popular songs in rap have increasingly hit on issues related to anxiety, depression and mental health, a new study reveals. More...

    • Take Care of Your Mental Health During Pandemic

      It's crucial that you look after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. More...

    • Two Key Lifestyle Factors May Ward Off Depression

      Less screen time and more sleep are critical for preventing depression, a new study suggests. More...

    • 'Diseases of Despair' Skyrocket in America

      Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, Americans were already suffering: A new study reports that alcohol and drug misuse were up dramatically, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors were up 170% between 2009 and 2018. More...

    • 'Green Prescriptions' May Backfire for Some

      Spending time in nature is believed to benefit mental health, so some doctors are beginning to "prescribe" outdoor time for their patients. That led researchers to investigate whether being in nature helps actually does help people with issues such as anxiety and depression. More...

    • For Rural Youth, Mental Health Care Can Be Tough to Find

      While young Americans' mental health appears to be getting worse, the places where help is needed most appear to have the fewest resources. More...

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