Unit 12

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Jessica Tibbs

Unit 12:
Understanding Mental health problems

Within this unit I will be showing my past and learnt knowledge of the main forms of mental health problems according to the psychiatric classification system. I will be looking at the strengths, Limitations and alternative frameworks for understanding mental health. I will also demonstrate ways in which mental health problems can and do impact the individual and there social network.

Most Mental heath problems can be categorised into two categories ‘Neurotic’ and ‘Psychotic’ Neurotic health issues are most common forms of mental heath throughout the UK and are normally seen as severe forms of emotion stress. Examples include- Stress, Depression, anxiety etc

The less common Psychotic forms of mental heath issues are forms that affect a person’s reality. Examples include – Schizophrenia, bi-Polar

At present there are two established classification systems for mental disorders, ICD (International classification of diseases) & DSM (Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental health disorders) The ICD includes personality disorders on the same domain as other mental disorders, unlike the DSM. The ICD states that mental disorder Is “not an exact term” although is generally used to imply the existence of a clinically recognisable set of symptoms or behaviours associated in the most cases, with distress and with interference with personal functions

There are two alternative schemes for understanding mental health. Chinese classification of mental disorders (currently CCMD-3) and the Latin American guide for Psychiatric Diagnostic (GLDP) though these are less commonly recognised/ Used in practice.


A number of psychological frameworks have been influential in informing The theory and practice of mental health. Two of these are Biological and medical frameworks (sometimes referred to as the disease Model) these view psychological problems as resulting, in the main,...
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