MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
The HealthinMind site is
organized around the diagnostic categories of the "Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (fourth edition;
We borrowed liberally from
Jerrold S. Maxmen, M.D., and Nicholas G. Ward, M.D.'s book, Essential
psychopathology and its treatment, second edition (Norton, 1995).
Their book, "Revised for DSM-IV," like our web site, takes
its cues from DSM-IV.
We have developed a glossary
page where you can go to find definitions of terms used in the
various pages, if necessary. As with everything in our site,
if you are interested in a disorder that does not yet have a description
page, or if you would like another term added to the glossary, please
let us know by clicking on "contact us" and sending us
your message, and we will work on it.
We suggest you read our disclaimer
before continuing, to understand the limitations of the information
Before you continue, though,
we'd like to caution you about the use you make of the information
you receive here. If you are reading this for yourself, and
you find that you have symptoms that match a certain disorder, note
that nothing has changed about you. All that has changed is
that you have a name for the constellation of factors that were,
possibly, troubling you. You will now be able to seek professional
help with some idea in mind regarding what is going on. If
you are reading this for someone else, please keep in mind that
mental disorders do not define individuals. People with schizophrenia
are not "schizophrenics." If they were, then all
they'd be is the disorder. Instead, they are brothers, mothers,
professionals, construction workers, etc. who happen to have schizophrenia.
Throughout history, some of our most admired leaders, most gifted
intellectuals and artists have struggled with mental disorders.
Good luck in your search! (If you would rather look at symptoms
than the names below, click
here and you can choose from a list of symptoms to look at.) Or
click here if you would
like to look at the latest news about mental health.
Delirium, Amnesia, and Dementia
Caused by Medical
Dissociations in Memory,
Identity, or From Reality
Drug and Alcohol
Mental Illnesses (Factitious Disorders)
Impulse Control Disorders:
Gambling, Aggression, etc.
Infant, Child, and
That Mimic Physical Disorders (Somatoform Disorders)
Gender Identity Disorders
Other Very Severe Disorders
Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention