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Specific Disorders

As defined in the key terms section, a mental disorder is a clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual and is associated with present distress (e.g., a painful symptom), disability (i.e., impairment in one or more important areas of functioning), or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom.1

There are many types of mental health disorders that affect youth. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) from the American Psychiatric Association provides a standardized classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals across the United States in both clinical settings and with community populations.  Additional information about specific mental health disorders and conditions that affect youth can be found on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website. View fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and easy to read booklets to learn more about:

Anxiety disorders

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


Bipolar disorder


1American Psychiatric Association, 2012

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