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Mental disorder

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that may cause suffering or a poor ability to function in life. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. Such disorders may be diagnosed by a mental health professional.

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Check out this really interesting take on redefining mental disorder by the New York Times.

Contributed by Kishan Patel

People need to become more aware of mental illnesses. By sweeping it under the rug and ignoring this prevalent issue, it just makes those who are inflicted feel like they need to hide something that isn't even their fault. Just like you don't "choose" to have diabetes or high blood pressure, those who are mentally ill don't choose. It can happen to anyone. Disease doesn't discriminate. Don't tell people that they can't have a mental illness if they don't have an awful life. It's important to talk about mental illnesses to inform the public about how a mental illness cant affect someone and help the people who are mentally sick to feel the support and love that they need to fight.

Contributed by Kaylee Ann

It's important to be aware of the different types of suffering in the world, and mental health is not an exception to this. It is something we all need to be aware of and become more involved and knowledgeable about.

Contributed by Angel Infuso

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