Disorders and America

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Postby godix » Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:57 pm

Arigatomina wrote:Is there a clinical difference between a disorder and a disease? It just sounds like the one is a mood (depressed/overexcited/unmotivated/etc) while the other is a anything that requires expensive drugs to cure. Drugs for disorders only treat the symptoms. Like cold medicine.

The usually definition is that disorders are all in your head while diseases are caused by physical issues like a chemical imbalance in the brain. Which is why diseases tend to require drugs while disorders don't. The two phrases are misused so often though that I doubt there's a real difference anymore.
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