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PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
  • A psychological disability is an invisible disability that may affect people of all ages. This type of disability is unique for each person. Limitations are not usually intellectual in nature, although the age of onset may affect the extent and type of disruption of learning and vocational goals.
  • A psychological disability reflects a mental condition that interferes with a major life activity. Examples of psychological/ psychiatric disabilities include: major depression, bi-olar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These exceptions include diagnoses such as gender disorders, compulsive gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, and substance abuse.

    Functional Limitations

    Affective

  • Lack of affect.

  • Feelings of anxiety or fear.

  • Depressed mood.

  • Feeling worthless.

  • Inappropriate guilt.

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger.

Cognitive

  • Short term memory problems.

  • Time perception and planning.

  • Extreme self-absorbtion

  • Concentration problems.

  • Screening environmental stimuli

  • Distractibility

  • Recurrent suicidal ideation

  • Perseveration

 

Behavioural/Physical

  • Impulsiveness.

  • Repetitive motion

  • Speech may be rambling, halting, weak, pressured or incoherent.

  • Muscle tension

  • Pacing

  • Fatigue or loss of everyday energy.

  • Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep).

 

Psycho-Social

  • Lack of support system.

  • Interpersonal conflict.

  • Detachment or estrangement from others.

 

Side Effects of Medication

  • Drowsiness

  • Thirst

  • Blurred vision

  • Hand Tremors

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