diagnosis

Schizophrenia and its symptoms

Schizophrenia is a form of psychosis, in which the clear distinction between one’s inner world of thoughts and emotions and perceptions about the outside world weakens or ceases to exist. This can lead to abnormal thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. One may, for example, hear a thought as a voice from the outside or have the …

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Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions as an Art

There are many factors that play a role in mental health conditions, which cannot all be covered by diagnostic manuals, recommendations and guidelines. In the end, much depends on personal observations, clinical experience, information on similar cases, and selecting what seems important. Symptoms are largely subjective with few reference points. The diagnosis often depends on …

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), DSM-V

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is one of the main two diagnostic manuals for mental health conditions in the world. The current version is the fifth edition. The other manual is the International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) published by the World Health …

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Treatment of ADHD in Adults (1)

Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health condition that has been estimated to affect one out of twenty people worldwide. It causes persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems, which can …

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