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Current Issue: April 21, 2017
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Defining “mental illness” and “mental health ­problems”

Defining “mental illness” and “mental health ­problems”

Did you know that a person with a mental illness can be without a mental health problem? Or that those with a mental health problem don’t necessarily have a mental illness? These can be seen as two separate concepts.

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Is it mental illness or a mental health problem?
With young people, and teenagers especially, it may be hard to determine if what they are experiencing is a mental illness or if they are facing a mental health problem.
Mental health problems
Some areas of life that can bring on mental health problems
Symptoms of mental illness
Changes in thinking, mood or behaviour that are ­troubling, last longer than two weeks, or are interfering with everyday life should prompt an evaluation by a doctor or other mental health professional.