I agree with what Ron Unger said above, but want to add one more thing. While the issues of employment and social functioning are important, emotional disorders cause great distress even when people are employed and even when their social systems aren’t impacted at all. I suffered from major anxiety and OCD for decades in secret, while doing quite well in college and career, and without being on meds. Nobody knew what was going on inside my head, yet I was suicidal because I WAS SUFFERING. I often encounter the idea in this forum that people with emotional and mental illnesses are just “different” and everything would be fine if society allowed them to be the way they are. I can tell you that even if society had PAID me a zillion dollars to have anxiety and OCD, I still wouldn’t want them BECAUSE HAVING THEM FEELS HORRIBLE.