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I want to point out that there are currently more than 450 mental disorders - this is a massive amount! I have included an excerpt below from the Wikipedia page which sets out this controversy and provides a current list for you to peruse

Behaviour Disorders

CD RageWhen it comes to behaviour and ADHD, some people refer to the “three degrees” or 3 stages of ADHD.

The least troublesome is ADD, the Inattentive Type, then the Combined Type, and then finally the Hyperactive Type being the most disruptive.

The Inattentive Type is predominantly female. The lack of disruption is the primary reason why so many girls and women have slipped through the cracks when it comes to diagnosing the Inattentive Type

The next stage of behaviour severity is Oppositional Defiance Disorder. This where the person with ODD simply refuses to obey or follow instructions. I like to think of this as jabbing titanium high-heel spikes deep into concrete and refusing to budge.

The percentage of ADDers who have ODD is surprisingly high at 67%, by far the most common co-occurring behaviour.

Sitting on the apex of this behaviour-severity triangle is Conduct Disorder, CD. These children and young adults usually end up in reformatories, places of safety, youth detention centres, and prison.

Not only are people who have CD dangerous to others, they are dangerous to themselves, one of the reasons they are frequently removed from society. Again, the percentage of ADDers who have CD stands at 46%, just 2 percent above anxiety!

When asked an easy way to distinguish between the three, Dr Stephen Copps of the Georgia Medical Institute said this, “the ADHD child will forget what he has to do and disobey accidentally, the ODD child will refuse defiantly to follow instructions, while the CD child will deliberately damage property and inflict pain and destruction.”

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the American Psychiatric Association's standard reference for psychiatry which includes over 450 different definitions of mental disorders. The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is published by the World Health Organization, and it contains a section on psychological and behavioral disorders. The diagnostic criteria and information in the DSM and ICD are revised and updated with each new version. This list contains conditions which are currently recognised as mental disorders as defined by these two documents.

There is disagreement in various fields of mental health care, including the field of psychiatry, over the definitions and criteria used to delineate various disorders. Of particular concern to some professionals is whether some of these conditions should be classified as 'mental illnesses' at all, and whether they would be better described as neurological disorders, or in other ways.

The excerpt above was found here: Wikipedia List of Mental Disorders

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Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

Some of the common ADHD acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


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