Ch12 - Chapter 12 Mental Health Mental Health: What Is It?...

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Chapter 12 Mental Health
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Mental Health: What Is It?
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Mental health vs. physical health: where do you draw the line?
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Undefined burden of mental problems Refers to the economic and social burden for families, communities, and countries Hidden burden of mental problems Refers to the stigma and violations of human rights and freedoms associated with mental problems Costs of Mental Illness to Society
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Epidemiological Data 1 in 5 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year (45 million Americans) 4 of 10 leading causes of disability are mental disorders Mental illness ranks second in terms of burden of disease in the United States Gender differences exist in prevalence and in the way the disorders manifest themselves How Common Are Mental Illnesses?
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Mental Health: How Are Men and Women Different?
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Need for mental health and social services Lost employment and reduced productivity Financial burden placed on families and caregivers Increased levels of crime and threat to public safety Negative effects of premature mortality The Economic Burden of Mental Illness
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Given treatment, individuals with mental disorders are no more likely to commit crimes than the general public. If people with mental disorders go without treatment, however, there is a connection. Legal Dimensions: The Mental
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course HLTH 471 taught by Professor Carolynvoorhees during the Spring '11 term at Maryland.

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Ch12 - Chapter 12 Mental Health Mental Health: What Is It?...

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