Florida Health Insurance Definitions

Florida Health Insurance Terms:
"Mental Health"

Define: "Mental Health":

A condition or disease regardless of its cause, listed in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

More Examples of Mental Health:

Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act. When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders can be very costly to families, communities, and the health care system.

Mental Health…Suicidal thoughts and actions generate conflicting feelings in family members who love the person who wishes to take his or her own life. That is why this guide was developed for you. It will give you some important points on how to take care of yourself and your family member following a suicide attempt and it will provide resources to help you move forward.

Mental illnesses have been recognized for thousands of years. Today, advances in science are helping researchers better understand the origins of mental illness and find more effective treatments. But much remains to be learned. Here, Daniel Hall-Flavin, M.D., a psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers a modern interpretation of mental illness, including a look at how mental disorders are defined, the use of medications, the role of psychotherapy and how stress affects well-being.

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