Overview of mental disorders
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Overview of mental disorders book
This chapter provides an overview of some of the mental disorders that social workers will often encounter in their work, and describes common mental health treatments. It begins with the common disorders such as anxiety and depression followed by lower-prevalence disorders—psychoses, bipolar disorders and personality disorders. The chapter shows how superficial such a review must be, given the huge and diverse literatures on the various disorders, and the very wide range of mental health disorders across the lifespan. Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress or disability in social, occupational, or other important activities. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is the first-line evidence-based psychological treatment for anxiety disorders, but this will usually be preceded by education about the disorder, bearing in mind that many people suffer from ‘worry about worry’ that serves to make the anxiety disorder worse.