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Resources for Mental Health Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

A person with generalized anxiety disorder often worries excessively about health, money, family, or work, and continually anticipates disaster.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an unreasonable thought, fear, or worry that he or she tries to manage through a ritualized activity to reduce the anxiety.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is marked by chronic, repeated, and unexpected panic attacks—bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear.

Phobias

A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. The fear experienced by people with phobias can be so great that some go to extreme lengths to avoid the source of their fear.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event—causing the person who survived the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories of the ordeal.

Anxiety Disorders

Detailed information on the most common types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a type of affective disorder that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs. It is becoming an important health concern in this country.

Mood Disorders

Detailed information on the most common types of mood disorders, including major depression, manic depression (bipolar disorder), dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder, and suicide

Major Depression

You may have depression if you have a persistent sad or "empty" mood, or if you find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions.

Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a mood disorder similar to major depression. It has less severe symptoms than depression, but the symptoms linger for several years.

Eating Disorders

Detailed information on the most common types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing. It differs from bulimia because its sufferers do not purge their bodies of the excess food.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.

Mental Health Disorder Statistics

Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. In particular, depressive illnesses tend to occur along with substance abuse and anxiety disorders.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer.

Home Page - Mental Health Disorders

Detailed information on mental health disorders, including the psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatric treatment team, seeking mental health treatment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance ab

Overview of Mood Disorders

Mood disorders refer to a category of mental health problems that include all types of depression and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are sometimes called affective disorders.

Personality Disorders

Detailed information on the most common types of personality disorders, including paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissisti

Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency

Substance abuse is a pattern of drug use that leads to significant problems such as failure to attend work or school, driving a vehicle while "high," or difficulties with friendships and or family relationships.

Schizophrenia

Detailed information on schizophrenia, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Topic Index - Mental Health Disorders

Detailed information on mental health disorders, including the psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatric treatment team, seeking mental health treatment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance ab

Depression and Suicide

More than 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder—most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.

Knowing When to Seek Treatment

Families, spouses, or friends are often the first to suspect that their loved one is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause them to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad.

Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment disorders are quite common in children and teens. They are characterized by an excessive reaction to stress.

Behavior Disorders

Detailed information on behavior problems in adolescents, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder

Tourette's Disorder

A person with Tourette's disorder develops multiple repeated tics. The tics are abrupt, purposeless, and involuntary vocal sounds or muscular jerks.

Conduct Disorder

A child with a conduct disorder has antisocial behaviors that violate the rights of others and age-appropriate social standards and rules.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

This behavior disorder is characterized by uncooperative, defiant, negativistic, irritable, and annoying behaviors toward parents, peers, teachers, and other authority figures.

Psychiatric Treatment Team

Team members may include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, and a psychiatric nurse.

Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (or simply anorexia) is an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and food.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a type of mental illness. If you have BPD, you may have problems with daily tasks, obligations, and life events.
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