According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 3.1% of America’s total population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are physical and emotional. The patient is in a constant state of alarm and is unable to relax.
People suffering from narcissistic personality disorder have an over-inflated sense of their own importance. They often have no empathy for others and constantly seek to be admired.
Your doctor says you have dysthymia and you want to know what it is. Also known as dysthymic disorder or low-level depression, it has many symptoms including feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite and an inability to make decisions.
Dementophobia is the specific fear of insanity or becoming certifiably insane to the point where a patient cannot enjoy normal life. A person can get dementophobia even if there is no cause for that person to believe he or she has mental illness.
Fear of snakes is a common phobia, but it doesn’t have to take over your life. Overcoming a fear of snakes is possible through systematic desensitization therapy and relaxation exercises. Read on to find out more.
Depression and antidepressants use is a complex subject. Not all people with depression can take any of the three types of antidepressants — tricyclics, MAOIs and SSRIs. Antidepressants are not the only means of managing symptoms of a depressive disorder.
Multiple personality disorder symptoms include chronic pains, audio hallucinations, amnesia, a persistent sense of unreality, mood swings and the development of one or more altered personalities. Patients can also suffer from depression and substance abuse.
People diagnosed with anxiety disorders are often prescribed medication. The most common types are antidepressants, benzodiazepines and beta blockers according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety disorders medication is often prescribed in conjunction with cognitive behavior therapy.
Hippophobia is a deep, irrational fear of horses characterized by anxiety even a horse is known to be placid and gentle. A hippophobic will go to any length to avoid horses and other hoofed animals.
Clinical studies show that alcohol and panic attacks frequently appear together. However, despite studies, it is unknown which came first – alcoholism or panic attack disorder.
Signs of clinical depression in teenagers may differ from signs of clinical depression in adults. Depression is not normal in teens. The chances are high that a teenager will not “grow out of it.”
People with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are turning to acupuncture to help relieve symptoms in increasing numbers. Although highly touted by alternative health practitioners, using acupuncture for seasonal affective disorder alone is not recommended by the medical community.
Borderline personality disorders in children are thought to exist because BPD seems to run in families. Severe trauma during childhood, such as being sexually abused, can also cause BPD.
There can seem to be as many causes of panic disorders as there are people who suffer from panic disorders. But the three main causes appear to be genetics, substance abuse and stress.
Also called food aversion, food phobia is a fear of specific or even all food and liquids. The fear is not of the food, but of the potential to vomit or choke on the food. A combination of hospitalization and behavioral conditioning can help treat food phobia.
Shock treatment or antipsychotic drugs are best to control episodes of psychosis. But for long term treatments of psychotic depression, a patient needs combinations of antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants and/or ECT. Talk therapy can also help when the patient is rational.
Cancer is bad enough to deal with, but many patients also develop major depression, too. Just as the cancer is receiving treatment, so should the depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is appropriate for long term treatment for those suffering from psychotic depression or even schizophrenia. But if the patient’s life or the lives of the general public are in immediate danger, it is not appropriate.
Depression can trigger suicide in children in teens. The rise in cyber-bullying or cyber-aggression can intensify feelings of isolation, worthlessness and helplessness which can lead to or intensify depression.
Postpartum depression (PPD) shares many of the same symptoms as postpartum thyroiditis. Any woman who has depression symptoms 2 to 12 months after having a baby should get her thyroid levels checked.