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Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental disorders
and are in need of the treatment provided by licensed psychologists.
Unfortunately many of these people go without help for years or even their
whole lives for a variety of reasons.
Some people cannot afford care, while others do not have access to the
type of care they need such as psychotherapy.
Another barrier to treatment is the stigma attached to going
to therapy. But in reality psychological healing is tantamount to alleviating
the symptoms of various mental conditions.
It is estimated that over half of the American population will suffer
from some form of mental illness during their lives.
Understanding the diverse categories of disorders will allow
psychologists to facilitate treatment for patients suffering from one or even
several mental illnesses.
As the second most common reason for mental problems, mood disorders
affect nearly 10 percent of adults every year and are most apparent in the form of
depression. The World Health Organization estimates that major depression will
cause the majority of mental and physical health problems in people by the year
2020. Women are often more susceptible to depression, as are people living in
third world countries. Bipolar disorder
is also a mood disorder as it is characterized by violent mood swings, trouble
sleeping, irritability and impulse control.
Having relationships with others, especially family, can be
a huge source of mental distress for many people. Serious problems often occur in marriages,
couples, families and a variety of partnerships. Communication problems are
usually at the root of these kinds of issues, and psychologists can use a
variety of techniques to open up discussion between members.
According to the National Institute of Health, anxiety
disorders are the most common mental disorder affecting around 29 percent of adults at some
point during their lives. Included among anxiety disorders are panic disorder,
which is defined by extreme fear and anxiety. Phobias are also under the
anxiety disorder spectrum, as is obsessive-compulsive disorder. The most common type of anxiety disorder is
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
A large percent of the population indulges in alcohol and
drug use, but many people take it too far and become victim to substance
abuse. An occasional drink or weekend
party does not constitute a substance abuse disorder, but when using
recreational substances interferes with daily life, then a person may have a
Look for future posts concerning the different categories of
mental disorders and the available treatments.
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