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A friend of mine in a class. Asked diffs. between mental

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A friend of mine in a class. Asked diffs. between mental sickness & mental disorder.
Hello and thank you for asking JA,

There really is no difference. The term mental disorder is a more formal term used by the professionals when they develop a diagnosis. The term mental sickness is used by the lay people to describe a person with a mental illness or mental disorder. They all mean the same thing...that is, a person with a mental health diagnosis (as opposed to a physical illness. An example of mental health diagnosis are: Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Psychotic Disorder. There are many (hundreds) of mental health disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV) .

I hope this makes sense....
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