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Most of my childhood memories were happy until one day I was sexual abused by a family member Suddenly my behavior changed from happy to unhappy mean and distant Concern parents took me to the hospital for answers After several visits and tons of tests they referred me to a Psychiatrist As a result I was diagnosed with Mental Illness Upon further investigation of the diagnoses of Mental Illness it was directed to an underdeveloped personality between the ID principle and Reality principle which in term caused Mental Illness The American Psychiatric Association defines Mental Illness as an illness that affects the persons brain It may impact the way a person thinks behaves and interacts with other people affecting 20 of the American population Surgeon General 1999 Most Mental Illness has diagnosis background information and treatment optionsTo begin Mental Health diagnosis involves evaluation by a Psychiatrist or Psychologist if symptoms of Mental Illness are present The Psychiatrist or Psychologist use specially designed interview and assessments tools to evaluate a person for Mental Illness The doctor bases his or her diagnosis on the report of symptoms and his or her observation of the persons attitude and behaviors The doctors then determine if the persons symptoms and degree of disability point to a diagnosis of a specific disorder DSM-IV Next the actual causes of mental disorders are unknown however an explosive growth of background information has shade light on these disorders Silverman 1983 However behavioral and psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual is typically associated with distress impairment in one or more important areas of functioning disability DSM-III There is inference in a behavior psychological or biological dysfunction that is in the relationship between the individual and society Equally important obtaining health is the process of achieving
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