Serious mental illness

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Presentations of mental ill health generally associated with the term serious mental illness are most frequently those falling under the umbrella term of psychosis. While this includes disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, those developing such conditions will experience symptoms with such a wide range of severity that some of the non- psychotic mental health conditions may create greater impairment for the individual sufferer. There are also continuing myths around the finality of these conditions as most sufferers will learn to manage the symptoms, and some even recover completely (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2015). Despite this, the prevalence of psychosis, the pattern of onset and the form and severity of symptoms manifesting within the conditions labelled serious mental illness warrants recognition of the marked impact of having such disorders on learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe impact of mental health and wellbeing on effective learning and teaching
Subtitle of host publicationA practical guide for those responsible for learners (Book 2)
EditorsHugh Smith, Amanda McGrandles
Place of PublicationAuchtermuchty
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018


  • Mental health
  • Serious mental illness
  • learning
  • teaching practices


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