The 500-page publication, Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, defines mental disorders as diagnosable conditions that impair thinking, feeling and behavior, and interfere with a person’s capacity to be productive and enjoy fulfilling relationships. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) worked with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop the report under the guidance of the Surgeon General. This first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health was published in 1999, reviews the scientific knowledge base to date, and also focuses on the connection between mental health and physical health, barriers to receiving mental health treatment, and the specific mental health issues of children, adults and the elderly. Online, the report is neatly divided and presented in chapters.
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