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MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECT EVERYONE DIFFERENTLY AND IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO JUDGE THE IMPACT OF A DIAGNOSIS BECAUSE SOME CASES MAY BE MORE SEVERE THAN OTHERS.

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