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JAN+26+WHAT+IS+MI - TWO TOPICS What is mental illness...

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TWO TOPICS What is mental illness? Nature of Schizophrenia
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WHY WANT DEFINITION OF MENTAL ILLNESS? Distinguish from normal Indicates need for mental health treatment What conditions will be reimbursed Huge generator of profit – especially drug treatment What conditions will be treated rather than punished
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DSM-IV DEFINITION (1) “Mental disorder is a clinically significant behavioral or psychological pattern that is associated with present distress or disability.”
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DISTRESS OR DISABILITY Either distress (mental pain) that bothers people OR disability (loss of functioning) that has negative impact on their lives
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DSM (2) “In addition, this pattern must not be merely an expectable and culturallly sanctioned response to a particular event, for example the death of a loved one.”
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Bereavement exclusion Symptoms are natural Romantic breakups, soldiers entering combat, etc. Must know
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