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Mental Health Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    If you tend to worry a lot, even when there’s no reason to, you may have generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Medicine and lifestyle changes can help.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common anxiety disorder. It causes unreasonable thoughts, fears, or worries. A person with OCD tries to manage these thoughts through rituals.

  • Panic Disorder
    Panic disorder is when you have repeated, unexpected panic attacks and worry constantly about when the next one might occur. Medications and therapy can help.
  • 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
    Post traumatic stress disorder is debilitating anxiety that can affect people who have been through or witnessed a traumatic event. Counseling and medication can help.
  • 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

  • Bipolar Disorder
    People with bipolar cycle between periods of mania and periods of depression. There is no cure, but medicine and therapy can help manage symptoms.
  • 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
    Depression is a serious mood disorder. It touches every part of your life and is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Treatment involves medicine and counseling.
  • Dysthymia
    Dysthymia is a milder, yet long lasting form of depression.
  • 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 is an eating disorder. It is characterized by uncontrolled episodes of overeating, called bingeing. This is followed by purging with methods such as vomiting or misuse of laxatives.
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

    A psychiatric evaluation will look at symptoms and when they happen, as well as what impact they have on family and work relationships.

  • 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 or SAD
    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It occurs during certain seasons of the year – most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.
  • 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

  • Online Resources - Mental Health Disorders

    List of online resources to find additional information on mental health

  • Overview of Mood Disorders
    A mood disorder is a mental health class that health professionals use to broadly describe all types of depression and bipolar 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
    Schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder. It is caused by a chemical imbalance and runs in families. This illness can't be cured but can be managed with medication and therapy.
  • 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

    Most people who commit suicide have a mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.

  • Mental Health Disorders in Children and Teens

    Detailed information on the most common mental health disorders in children and teens

  • 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. People who suffer with this behavior problem have a distorted body image and see themselves as overweight even when their weight is dangerously low. 

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a kind of mental health problem. It may also be called emotionally unstable personality disorder. People with BPD have unstable moods and can act recklessly. They also have a hard time managing their emotions. If you have BPD, you may have problems with daily tasks, obligations, and life events. You may have trouble keeping jobs and relationships. And you may use food, alcohol, or other substances to cope.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health problem. If you have BDD, you may be so upset about the appearance of your body that it gets in the way of your ability to live normally. Many of us have what we think are flaws in our appearance. But if you have BDD, your reaction to this “flaw” may become overwhelming.

  • Rumination Syndrome

    Rumination syndrome is a rare behavioral problem. It affects children and some adults. Rumination syndrome causes an automatic regurgitation of recently eaten food. If your child has this problem, he or she will usually eat meals normally. But, after about an hour or two, undigested food comes back up into his or her mouth from the esophagus. Your child will either re-chew and re-swallow the food, or spit it out. Usually, this happens at every meal, day after day. Rumination is a reflex, not a conscious action.