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For a mental state to classify as a disorder, it generally needs to cause dysfunction. It has been noted that using the term "mental" i. According to DSM-IVa mental disorder is a psychological syndrome or pattern which is associated with distress e.
The Rise and Fall of the Nervous BreakdownEdward Shorter, a professor of psychiatry and the history of medicine, argues for a return to the old-fashioned concept of nervous illness: About half of them are depressed.
Or at least that is the diagnosis that they got when they were put on antidepressants. They go to work but they are unhappy and uncomfortable; they are somewhat anxious; they are tired; they have various physical pains — and they tend to obsess about the whole business.
There is a term for what they have, and it is a good old-fashioned term that has gone out of use. They have nerves or a nervous illness. It is an illness not just of mind or brain, but a disorder of the entire body.
We have a package here of five symptoms—mild depression, some anxiety, fatigue, somatic pains, and obsessive thinking. We have had nervous illness for centuries.
When you are too nervous to function But that term has vanished from medicine, although not from the way we speak.
The nervous patients of yesteryear are the depressives of today. That is the bad news. There is a deeper illness that drives depression and the symptoms of mood. We can call this deeper illness something else, or invent a neologism, but we need to get the discussion off depression and onto this deeper disorder in the brain and body.
That is the point. Tyrer, FMedSci, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College, London  "Nervous breakdown" is a pseudo-medical term to describe a wealth of stress-related feelings and they are often made worse by the belief that there is a real phenomenom called "nervous breakdown".
Classification of mental disorders There are currently two widely established systems that classify mental disorders: Both of these list categories of disorder and provide standardized criteria for diagnosis.
They have deliberately converged their codes in recent revisions so that the manuals are often broadly comparable, although significant differences remain.
Other classification schemes may be used in non-western cultures, for example the Chinese Classification of Mental Disordersand other manuals may be used by those of alternative theoretical persuasions, for example the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual.
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