For Experts

  • Broad term that includes mental disorders, mental illness, and undiagnosed symptoms that could be explained by mental disorder diagnoses. 
  • Also includes states of poor mental health that do not meet DSM or ICD diagnostic criteria for mental disorders, including, for example, culturally consistent responses to common stressors and socially deviant behaviours where the person is functioning well.
  • Some people prefer to use mental health challenge instead of mental health condition in an effort to reduce stigma.

For General Public

  • Any state of poor mental health.
  • Includes normal reactions to everyday stressors, as well as mental disorders.
  • Some people prefer to use mental health challenge instead of mental health condition in an effort to reduce stigma.

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