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What to Know About Testing for Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders can be categorized in several different ways. In general, behavioral disorders are any pattern of behavior that regularly interferes with an individual’s ability to live a physically and mentally healthy life for more than six months. Though behavioral abnormality is a common symptom of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders, behavioral disorders are diagnosed separately.

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Can You Get Someone Mentally Evaluated Against Their Will?

If you’re in a situation where someone very clearly needs help for their mental health issues, but seems resistant to do so, you may be wondering: can you get them mentally evaluated against their will? The answer varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania, the short answer is yes — if the person is unable to care for themselves or is a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

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Getting Help for a Family Member with a Mental Illness

If you have a family member struggling with a mental illness, you are most likely wondering what you can do to help. Psychiatric services, medications, and various community services have enabled many individuals to lead full, independent lives. However, support from family, friends, and peers remains essential in the recovery process.

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