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  •  There isn't a really clear distinction (1+ / 0-)
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    between the two.

    Both schizophrenia and autism are developmental disorders.  And not all mental conditions are either illnesses or learning disabilities - they may rather be unusual ways of perceiving the world.   Sometimes that way of perceiving the world gets in the way of interacting with the world effectively, and sometimes it leads to real harm and distress.

    My own heuristic is to regard a condition as an illness if it directly causes distress ("dis-ease") and not if it doesn't.  

    But by that heuristic, both autism and psychosis may sometimes count as illnesses, and both sometimes may not!  But certainly psychosis tends to be the more distress-causing.

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