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Mental Illness Vs. Insanity

Question:

What is the difference between mental illness and insanity?

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Answer:

If there is a difference at all, it is one of scope. Mental illness is usually a broader and more inclusive term than Insanity. Insanity is usually reserved for describing severe conditions involving psychotic-like breaks with reality, while Mental Illness can include both severe and milder forms of mental problems (such as anxiety disorders and mild depressions).

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