Mental Health And The American Psychiatric Association Essay

749 Words Sep 14th, 2016 3 Pages
Absenteeism Due to Mental Health in Secondary Education Obtaining a diploma is an expected rite of passage for most people. Students begin their education with a diploma as the end goal; with that diploma, students not only graduate from high school, but they also graduate into the “real world” of adult responsibilities. For many students, that rite of passage is so expected that it is taken for granted that it will come easily. However, for some students experiencing difficulties with their mental health, that expectation is much more difficult to achieve. Because of the harsh realities and obstacles that commonly accompany a mental health issue, students experiencing these difficulties require additional support, especially if these issues result in large chunks of time missed from school or chronic absenteeism.
Defining Mental Health Mental health is a multifaceted issue and can be difficult to define; specific issues can also be problematic to diagnose. The American Psychiatric Association works to define mental health and various classifications of mental health issues in their publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Mental health is typically categorized by the absence of a mental disorder that significantly impacts daily life and the functions of daily life. The fifth edition of the DSM defines a mental disorder as “a syndrome characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotional…

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