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Psychiatric Disorder

What is a psychiatric disorder?

A psychiatric disorder is defined as a medical problem that causes distress and/or problems functioning in work, social, or family activities, or significant changes in emotion, thinking, and/or behavior. In essence, a psychiatric disorder is a condition affecting someone’s mood and mind.

Some common psychiatric disorders include:

It’s also possible for someone to be diagnosed with multiple psychiatric disorders. For example, someone may suffer from both depression and an addictive disorder.

It can be challenging to diagnose a psychiatric disorder since it can present differently for each person. However, some common symptoms that indicate a psychiatric disorder include the following:

  • excessive worry
  • isolation and avoidance of social activities or friends
  • extreme sadness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • difficulty separating reality from delusion
  • severe mood changes
  • sudden changes in eating habits, sleeping habits, or sex drive
  • drug or alcohol abuse

How do psychiatric disorders impact healthcare?

Psychiatric disorders can cause severe emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems if left untreated. Additionally, patients with un

Those with psychiatric disorders can receive treatment from various medical specialists, including psychologists, psychiatrists, or counselors. Treatment for a psychiatric disorder typically combines medication, psychotherapy, and aftercare, sometimes in a psychiatric hospital.