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Auckland DHB Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) Community Team

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What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a clinically significant behaviour or psychological disorder that is associated with distress or disability.  
A mental illness can continuously or intermittently affect our capacity for speech, language, mood, affect, thoughts, perceptions, insight, judgement, cognition (understanding) and volition (ability to make choices). It can limit our ability to function as society would normally expect of us and can put us and others at risk.

This page was last updated at 9:30AM on July 1, 2021.