Book Chapter

Medical perspective on mental health

Carol Harvey

Mental Health and Social Work | Springer Nature | Published : 2019


This chapter provides a medical perspective on mental health, including current diagnostic systems which inform and underpin treatment and service delivery. Conceptualizations of mental disorders and their advantages and disadvantages for the assessment and treatment of persons living with mental illness are outlined. Despite its limitations, diagnosis remains central to communicating a shared understanding of disordered experiences and behaviors between consumers, families, and professionals. Talking about a diagnosis in mental health is a skilled task, requiring sensitivity, an individualized approach within a trusting relationship, and sufficient time to address and revisit concerns and m..

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