Mental health problems

Mental health problems can be identified when someone experiences altered mental function that causes them distress or leads to limitations in what they are able to do. In this context mental functions include emotions, thinking, perceptions (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling), and memory. It can also include behaviour as this is a product of our mental function. It can be identified as a problem when it is at a level of severity that requires some sort of intervention or treatment. A number of terms are used to describe these problems such as mental illness, mental disorder, psychiatric disorder, behaviour disorder and personality disorder and these are outlined below.
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