Month: August 2019

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry, is a normal reaction to stressful situations. In some cases, however, worry becomes excessive or chronic and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations. The condition of steady, pervasive anxiety is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Yet there are numerous anxiety-related disorders. One is panic disorder—severe episodes of anxiety that occur in response to specific…

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ADHD Continues to Rise in Children

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is one of the most common behavioral health conditions among children in the US. According to a study of medical claims by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), there has been an increase of more than 30% in the number of commercially insured children being diagnosed with ADHD between 2010 and 2017….

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6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD

People get rough ideas about mental illness from movies or TV shows, and popular culture often simplifies or even completely misrepresents what it is really like to live with mental illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is no different. Many people associate their knowledge and understanding of OCD with popular TV shows, like The Big Bang Theory and Monk. Consequently,…

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Anxiety and Depression

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of motor nerves, which are the nerve cells that control muscle movement. As the disease progresses, patients develop disabilities that worsen over time. Within a few years of diagnosis, patients may lose the ability to perform everyday tasks such as walking or dressing. Many…

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What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an aptly named and challenging condition that can incapacitate the ability of some sufferers to manage their day-to-day lives and interact socially, says Scott Bea, a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. The chronic, long-lasting condition involves the experience of “intrusive, unwanted, anxiety-provoking thoughts, repetitive actions or thoughts to reduce…

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Physical Disease, Inflammation Linked to Suicide Risk in Depression

SAN FRANCISCO — Suicide attempts in those with depression may be linked with the presence of physical disease and inflammation, according to research was recently presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, held May 18-22, 2019, in San Francisco, California. A case-control study included 1468 individuals who attempted suicide and 14,373 controls, all of whom were…

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Does Diet Affect a Child’s ADHD?

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may change their child’s diet in the hope it might ease the disorder’s symptoms. But a new study suggests it might not be worth the effort. The researchers found that while kids with ADHD are more likely to have unhealthy diets, their poor diets weren’t…

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental disorder whose main symptoms include obsessions and compulsions, driving the person to engage in unwanted, oftentimes distress behaviors or thoughts. It is treated through a combination of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and disturbing thoughts (called obsessions) and/or repetitive, ritualized behaviors that…

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Depression sufferers at risk of multiple chronic diseases

Women who experience symptoms of depression are at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, research led by The University of Queensland has found. UQ School of Public Health PhD scholar Xiaolin Xu said women who experienced symptoms of depression, even without a clinical diagnosis, were at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases. “These days, many…

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