Have you ever been intimidated when working with a student diagnosed with a mental health disorder? These disorders are characterized by physical symptoms or deficits that are not intentionally produced or feigned, and that, following clinical investigation, cannot be fully explained by a general medical condition, another mental disorder, the direct effects of a substance, or a culturally sanctioned behavior or experience.
If the evidence indicates that the inconsistent treatment or lack of compliance is a feature of your mental disorder, and it has led to an exacerbation of your symptoms and signs, we will not use it as evidence to support a finding that you have not received ongoing medical treatment as required by this paragraph.
As a result, others have tried to explain the difference by talking about a continuum where mental health is at one end of the spectrum – represented by feeling good and functioning well – while mental health conditions (or mental illness) are at the other – represented by symptoms that affect people’s thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
MHA will dive deeper into risky behaviors and how they affect mental health at our 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Rol l. To learn from experts in the field about how you can reach out to your community about mental health and risky business, register here !
It is tempting to absolve violent criminals of their wrongdoing by finding something to blame – economic circumstances, religious oppression, the number of bullets in their gun, the gun-manufacturer or dealer, mental illness, drugs, discrimination…anything other than the individual making the choices – partly because it gives us a sense of control as a society.