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Mental Disorders

Also called: Mental illness

Summary

Mental disorders include a wide range of problems, including

There are many causes of mental disorders. Your genes and family history may play a role. Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, may also matter. Biological factors can also be part of the cause. A traumatic brain injury can lead to a mental disorder. A mother's exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant may play a part. Other factors may increase your risk, such as use of illegal drugs or having a serious medical condition like cancer.

Medications and counseling can help many mental disorders.

Start Here

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (American Psychiatric Association) - PDF

Diagnosis and Tests

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Treatments and Therapies

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (American Psychological Association)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in
  • Video (American Psychiatric Association)

Living With

  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF
  • (Center for Mental Health Services) - PDF
  • (Center for Mental Health Services) - PDF
  • (Center for Mental Health Services) - PDF
  • (Mental Health America)
  • (Center for Mental Health Services) - PDF
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF Also in

Related Issues

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives)
  • (Rural Health Information Hub)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF
  • (NAMI)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
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  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Nemours Foundation)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in

Genetics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Health Check Tools

  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

Statistics and Research

  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • (National Center for Health Statistics)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health) Also in
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

  • From the National Institutes of Health Video (National Institute of Mental Health)

Find an Expert

  • (American Psychiatric Association)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • (NAMI)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health
  • (American Psychological Association)
  • (National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives)

Children

Teenagers

Women

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF

Seniors

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Patient Handouts

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