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Mental health (psychiatric) disorders involve disturbances in thinking, emotion, and behaviour. These disorders are caused by complex interactions between physical, psychological, social, cultural, and hereditary influences. The terms mental illness or psychiatric disability are used interchangeably. The term refers to people with mental health problems that may limit their major life activities during periods of illness. Major life activities include caring for oneself, working and learning.
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorders
Students requesting accommodations on the basis of a psychiatric disability must provide documentation from a professional who has undergone comprehensive training and has relevant experience in differential diagnosis and the full range of psychiatric disorders (e.g., registered clinical psychologists, psychiatrists or other relevantly trained medical doctors). The documentation for students requesting accommodations on the basis of a psychiatric disability needs to include:
Indicates the substantial limitations to major life activities posed by the psychiatric disability,
Describes the extent to which these limitations would impact the academic context for which accommodations are being requested,
Suggests how the specific effects of the psychiatric disability may be accommodated, and
States how the effects of the psychiatric disability are mediated by the recommended accommodations.