Terms

Addiction

Psychological and/or physiological dependency on a substance. Can be a behavioral addiction, such as sex addiction.

Aggression

Non-subtle or subtle hostility; either innate or resulting from ongoing frustration and directed towards self and/or others. Can be fueled by anger

Anti-social personality

Behaviors that are usually not acceptable in society; i.e. setting fires, physically harming other living things

Anxiety

A state of psychic tension, producing emotional and physiological stress symptoms as a result of worry and/or part of an mental health issue (disorder)

Anxiety Disorders

Cluster of anxiety disorders outlined in the DSM including: social anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder [GAD] and obsessive compulsive disorder [OCD]

Anorexia

Eating disorder whereby a person experiences cognitive distortions regarding weight and body size. Clinical features include below healthy body weight

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Referred to commonly as ADHD Characterized by a person’s difficulty holding attention. May or may not be impulsive and/or overly active

Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing - it is all about

 

how we think, feel, and behave.

 

The term 'mental health' is sometimes

 

used to mean an absence of a mental disorder. 

 

Mental health can affect daily life, relationships, and

even physical health. Mental health also includes a

 

person's ability to enjoy life - to attain a balance

 

between life activities and efforts to achieve

 

psychological resilience.

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Experts say we all have the potential to develop

 

mental health problems, no matter how old we

 

are, whether we are male or female, rich or poor,

 

or which ethnic group we belong to.

 

Almost 1 in 5 Americans experiences mental

 

health problems each year (18.5 percent). In the

 

United States, in 2015, an estimated 9.8 million

 

adults (over 18) had a serious mental disorder.

 

That equates to 4.8 percent of all American adults.

 

A large proportion of the people who have a

 

mental disorder have more than one.

 

In the U.S. and much of the developed world,

 

mental disorders are one of the leading

 

causes of disability.

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