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  Mental illness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mental illness may be caused by a number of factors, or the confluence of several factors.
The most popular explanations for mental illness, currently, are biological explanations; that is, a person with a mental illness may have a difference in brain structure or function or in neurochemistry, through either genetic or environmental vulnerabilities (such as in utero alcohol exposure).
Mental illness diagnosis by DSM and ICD
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mental_illness   (3370 words)

 Mental Illness - MSN Encarta
Mental health professionals sometimes use the terms psychiatric disorder or psychopathology to refer to mental illness.
The mentally ill are often blamed for bringing on their own illnesses, and others may see them as victims of bad fate, religious and moral transgression, or witchcraft.
Estimating the economic cost of mental illness is complex because there are direct costs (actual medical expenditures), indirect costs (the cost to individuals and society due to reduced or lost productivity, for example), and support costs (time lost to care of family members with mental illnesses).
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761566888/Mental_Illness.html   (913 words)

 Learn more about History of mental illness in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In prehistoric times, mental illnesses were assumed to stem from magical beings that interfered with the mind.
The new, regenerated Judaism viewed mental illness as an expression of sin (represented in archaic Judaism as possession by demons), and to the ancient rabbis an understanding of the self was critical to a relationship with God.
Unlike the Jewish conception of mental illness as sin, the Islamic viewpoint interpreted mental illness as a sign of supernatural intervention that was not necessarily malignant.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /h/hi/history_of_mental_illness.html   (1119 words)

 NAMI | About Mental Illness
Mental illnesses include such disorders as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, borderline personality disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.
Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.
Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders.  They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's "character" or intelligence.
www.nami.org /Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Mental_Illness/About_Mental_Illness.htm   (447 words)

 Defining mental illness: An interview with a Mayo Clinic specialist - MayoClinic.com
Mental illness is a term that refers to all the different types of mental disorders, including disorders of thought, mood or behavior.
To be classified as a mental illness, the condition must cause distress and result in a reduced ability to function psychologically, socially, occupationally or interpersonally.
This means that someone who has a mental illness may have trouble coping with emotions, stress and anger, for instance, and trouble handling such things as daily activities, family responsibilities, relationships, or work and school responsibilities.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/mental-illness/HQ01079   (1422 words)

 Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General - Chapter 2
Mental illness is a term rooted in history that refers collectively to all of the diagnosable mental disorders.
Mental disorders are characterized by abnormalities in cognition, emotion or mood, or the highest integrative aspects of behavior, such as social interactions or planning of future activities.
The thresholds of mental illness or disorder have, indeed, been set by convention, but the fact is that this gray zone is no different from any other area of medicine.
www.surgeongeneral.gov /library/mentalhealth/chapter2/sec2.html   (3267 words)

 Mental Health Basics
Mental illness is any disease or condition affecting the brain that influence the way a person thinks, feels, behaves and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings.
Although the symptoms of mental illness can vary from mild to severe and are different depending on the type of mental illness, a person with an untreated mental illness often is unable to cope with life's daily routines and demands.
Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological and environmental factors.
www.webmd.com /content/article/60/67163.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}   (817 words)

 Mental Illness
Mental illness is a term used for a group of disorders causing severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating.
The causes of mental illness are not well understood, although it is believed that the functioning of the brain's neurotransmitters is involved.
Heredity may be a factor in mental illness as it is in diabetes and cancer.
www.mhaoc.org /about_mi.html   (697 words)

 Mental Illness
Mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and severe depression, can wreak havoc on a person's life and the lives of family and friends.
Left untreated, mental illness can become debilitating and life-threatening—not only to the sufferer—but to those those close to him or her and to society at large.
Learning more about mental illness is a positive step in lessening its stigma and discovering ways to support and help others who are suffering from its grip.
www.helpguide.org /mental/mental_illness.htm   (277 words)

 Mental illness treatments
The first antipsychotic medications were developed in the 1950s and allowed most people with a mental illness to keep living in the community, rather than spend many years in a psychiatric hospital.
These treatments are based on the idea that some of the problems related to mental illness occur because of the way people react to, think about and perceive things.
General practitioners or a community mental health service are the first port of call when a person first becomes unwell with mental illness.
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au /bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Mental_illness_treatments?OpenDocument   (1212 words)

 Mental Illness
Mental illness is a disturbance of the mind that may interfere with normal behavior and make daily life difficult.
Mental illnesses may affect one in five Americans at one point in their lives.
There are numerous types of mental illnesses, ranging in severity from mild to disabling, the treatment of which may include counseling/therapy and/or medication to reduce symptoms.
ada.ky.gov /mental_illness_def.htm   (277 words)

 Mental Illness: The Facts
'Mental illness' is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses, in the same way that heart disease refers to a group of illnesses affecting the heart.
Most non-psychotic illnesses can be effectively treated, usually with a combination of medication and therapy, which help the person understand their illness, manage their symptoms, and lead satisfying lives.
A mental illness is like many physical illnesses which require on-going treatment (such as diabetes and heart disease), but which can be managed so that the individual can participate in everyday life.
www.mental-health-matters.com /articles/print.php?artID=656   (1371 words)

 Mental Illness
On this criticism, it seems that the reason that mental illness does not exist is the same sort of reason that phlogiston or astral influences do not exist: it is an empirical mistake caused by flawed methodology.
As we become increasingly able to identify the brain dysfunctions associated with mental disorders, it may well be that the distinction between neurological disorders and mental illnesses starts to fade, as might the professional distinction between neurologists and psychiatrists.
Three mental illnesses that have received attention from philosophers and psychiatric theorists on the issue of responsibility are schizophrenia, psychopathy, and alcoholism.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/mental-illness   (7440 words)

 Mental Illness - Information for Families
Mental Illnesses are disorders of the brain (a biological condition), where environmental and sociological factors play a part in the development of the disorder.
It does appear, however, that each person diagnosed with mental illness has a different rate of recovery, and therefore it is important for you as family members to come to accept varying degrees of recovery for your loved one.
The diagnosis of mental illness is much like a physical diagnosis such as cancer, MS, etc. Therefore, some of the emotions that you may be experiencing are about loss and grief.
www.spcsb.org /articles/mental_illness.html   (1297 words)

 Help for Children with a Mental Illness
A mental health professional for your child should be warm and caring, aware of your cultural background and needs, and still be professional and objective.
When your child is in therapy, the relationship between the mental health professional and the child is the same as it would be with an adult, but you as the parent will be involved as an interested third party.
The mental health professional should be available to provide counsel and support for a period of time after your child is finished with therapy.
www.mental-health-matters.com /articles/print.php?artID=860   (1073 words)

 Medications for Mental Illness
This booklet is designed to help mental health patients and their families understand how and why medications can be used as part of the treatment of mental health problems.
Medications for mental illnesses were first introduced in the early 1950s with the antipsychotic chlorpromazine.
Age, sex, body size, body chemistry, physical illnesses and their treatments, diet, and habits such as smoking are some of the factors that can influence a medication's effect.
www.athealth.com /Consumer/mcabinet/m_mentalillness.html   (7599 words)

 Mental Illness Awareness Week | Our Team
At OHI, we have a two-fold purpose: to offer people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or both the opportunity to make life choices and set their own goals -- and then to provide the resources they need to work toward those goals.
NAMI Maine, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maine, brings the facts about mental illness to families, the media, our government, providers of mental health services, and the general public.
The vision of Bangor Mental Health Institute is to become a model psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation center where multidisciplinary treatment teams work with people empowered to participate in treatment decisions affecting their recovery.
www.mentalillnessawareness-me.org /index.php?area=our_team   (904 words)

 The Myth of Mental Illness
The members of the functional school regard mental health disorders as perturbations in the proper, statistically "normal", behaviours and manifestations of "healthy" individuals, or as dysfunctions.
If mental illnesses are bodily and empirical, they should be invariant both temporally and spatially, across cultures and societies.
Mental health professionals prefer to talk about an impairment of a "person's perception or understanding of reality".
samvak.tripod.com /mentalillness.html   (2581 words)

 Mental Illness
Mental illnesses can be more like high blood pressure and diabetes, in that they require longer term treatment; however, combinations of medication and talking therapies have proven to be quite effective.
Now more than ever, the public is aware that mental illnesses are real disorders, not disorders of will or morality, and as public figures have spoken out about their own illness and treatment, people have become more open and comfortable with seeking treatment.
In addition to the many public figures and celebrities who have spoken candidly about their illness and treatment, widely available public information as well as positive portrayals of people with mental illnesses in TV programs and movies have had an impact.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/05/30/DI2006053001064.html   (2208 words)

 Mental illness
Mental illness may be caused by life events, genetic factors or birth defects.
Mental illnesses can be temporary or lifelong conditions.
Mental illness can include depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au /bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/(Pages)/hc_mentalillness?OpenDocument   (54 words)

 Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
Mental retardation is defined differently than mental illness.
ABA Resolution 122A and accompanying report on exempting those with severe mental illness from the death penalty, August 8, 2006
Papers from a symposium on Mental Illness and the Death Penalty at the Catholic University Law School by Ronald Tabak, Prof.
www.deathpenaltyinfo.org /article.php?did=782&scid=66   (559 words)

 SANE | meeting the challenge of mental illness | Fundraising Events | SANELINE
SANE is one of the UK's leading charities concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness.
SANE - meeting the challenge of mental illness.
Information on all aspects of mental illness including depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, phobia and obsession.
www.sane.org.uk   (55 words)

 Mental Illness - GBCS Web Site
United Methodist General Conference resolutions on mental illness issues emphasize the importance of achieving parity between health care for mental illnesses and health care for other conditions.
"The United Methodist Mental Illness Network was created at the General Board of Church and Society to enable a better understanding of mental illnesses and to foster ministry to and with persons with mental illness and their families.
It is a network of "Caring Communities," congregations who have opened their doors and received, in full participation, persons struggling with mental illness and their families.
www.umc-gbcs.org /site/pp.asp?c=fsJNK0PKJrH&b=861381   (531 words)

 mental illness, mental health information center
A new SAMHSA training curriculum provides mental health care providers with the latest information on prevention strategies and alternative approaches to avoid and reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.
CMHS disaster mental health programs are conducted by the Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Services Branch of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are pleased to introduce six Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Resource Kits to encourage the use of evidence-based practices in mental health.
www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov   (449 words)

 NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness-The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness-Formerly National Alliance for the ...
CMS is offering states grants to provide a comprehensive package of home and community-based services to children who would meet the level of care of a psychiatric residential treatment facility.
Mental Illness of Prison Inmates Worse Than Past Estimates
A Dept. of Justice Report shows that the prevalence of mental illness is 2 to 3 times greater than anyone imagined.
www.nami.org   (212 words)

 BUBL LINK: Mental illness
The Arc (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States) is a voluntary organisation, committed to the welfare of children and adults with mental retardation, and their families.
The Mental Health Act 1983, applicable in England and Wales, governs the admission of people to psychiatric hospital against their will, their rights while detained, discharge from hospital, and aftercare.
Extensive information on homelessness and mental illness, most notably in the form of a subject index with links to bibliographic records and abstracts.
bubl.ac.uk /link/m/mentalillness.htm   (849 words)

 Mental Illness in Children Information on Medicinenet.com
About 20% of American children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness during a given year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Further, nearly 5 million American children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental illness (one that significantly interferes with their day-to-day life).
Some of these illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and schizophrenia, can occur in adults as well as children.
www.medicinenet.com /mental_illness_in_children/article.htm   (471 words)

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