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Psychosocial disabilities

Psychosocial disabilities

Psychosocial disability refers to a psychological and social condition that may arise from a severe mental health issue. 

Some examples include schizoid disorders, such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and social phobia or mood disorders, such as major and dysthymic depression and bipolar.

It is important to know not everyone with a mental health issue will have a psychosocial disability, but those affected are less likely to engage in education, training and social activities. Without adequate support, psychosocial disability can exacerbate mental health conditions and cause a range of negative flow-on effects.

Once diagnosed, people with a psychosocial disability can undergo psychological therapy with a doctor, psychologist or other health professional, take medication to restore the chemical imbalances in the brain and reduce symptoms and attend community support programs. These programs may assist with accommodation, finding employment, training, education and psychosocial rehabilitation. 

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