Preventable Psychological Disorders


Preventable Psychological Disorders

The Disorders

There are two broad kinds of psychological disorders that are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM-IV).

Axis I disorders are comprised of conditions that are very noticeable, that significantly impair an individual’s functioning, but that may be relatively short-lived, if treated–or if certain stressors or biological problems improve. 

Axis II disorders are the ones that are more likely to persist, in some fashion, throughout an individual’s lifetime and can also represent a substantial impairment to normal functioning.

There are many psychological disorders that can occur in children. However, for now, I will restrict our review of such problems to the ones that require specialized settings, professional assistance, and allocations of financial resources to treat.

I will now intermittently post numerous psychological disorders that are not only damaging and limiting to the individuals who have them, but are also damaging and draining to the socioculture in which they occur.

It is important that everyone know these disorders and their probable causes because a significant percent of these individual’s problems can be prevented. This means that, a significant percent of America’s social problems can also be prevented. This is the good news.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 10/27/09

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