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What are the common major mental illnesses

The common major mental illnesses are: severe and enduring depression (very much nastier and deeper than anyone normally experiences); bipolar depression (which used to be called manicdepression); schizophrenia (also very poorly defined); dementia (Alzheimer’s and various other forms of mental ageing); and a variety of quite severe personality disorders. Many of these are categorized in classifications like DSM-IV(the 1994 American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The other main classification of mental illness is in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems(ICD). Unfortunately, these diagnostics also classify things that are not mental illnesses: there is an increasing medicalization of “normal” life reactions. The medical model of mental illness does not really work, and in practice it might even be iatrogenic (self-generating by doctors).

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