Mental Disorders

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.




 Hi, Steve. What’s wrong? You seem really upset.



 I am. My uncle was just diagnosed with a mental disorder.



 Oh no. I am sorry to hear that. What is wrong with him?


 He has some kind of psychosis.


 Oh no! Is he going to go around and shoot people? That’s horrible, Steve!



How empathic of you, Taylor. A real genius on helping people feel better.



 Yeah, smooth one. Do you even know the difference between a psychopath and a psychotic?






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.



This post will cover:


What defines a mental disorder?


The history of mental illness… & the growth of misconceptions


What general categories determine a mental disorder?


Psychopath or Psychotic?


What is Schizophrenia?


What are Mood Disorders?


What are Anxiety Disorders?


What are Personality Disorders?


What to do if you or someone you know has a mental disorder.


Bonus YSS: What are Substance Abuse Disorders?


Bonus YSS: More About Personality Disorders



*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)


Post Question: Do you know anyone who has a mental disorder?



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