The following posts in this section on mental disorders, like all the information on the YSS website, are not meant to take the place of a professional intervention or diagnosis. If you suspect you or someone you know to be suffering in some capacity, seek professional treatment immediately. YSS provides general information to inform your decisions. It is not a substitute for the invaluable connections you make with a real person, professional or otherwise.
Not many people do, Taylor. Don’t sweat it. And sorry to hear about your uncle, Steve, but a diagnosis is a really good thing so people can get the right help. When they get the right help, they begin to feel better and can function in life, work and relationships. People tend to think the worst when they hear a mental health diagnosis, but these posts are meant to inform you on all the facts so you can determine for yourself how you think and feel about mental disorders.
We want to clear up common misconceptions that people have about mental disorders by informing you about the reality. These days so many labels and words get thrown around that it can be hard to figure out what is “normal” and what is not.
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*Much of the information from the Mental Disorders posts came from: Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry (Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. 1994) and from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC. 1994)
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