Month: April 2020

Surprising Signs of Depression

Shopping Sprees Is your shopping out of control? Find yourself covering up your spending? For some people who are depressed, it is not uncommon for compulsive buying — in stores or on the Internet — to serve as a distraction or self-esteem booster. But “retail therapy” is a short-lived high because it doesn’t address underlying…

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Overview Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to…

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Is it ADHD?

Learn about the symptoms of ADHD and what to do if you’re concerned that your child might have this disorder. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Signs and Symptoms It is normal for children to have…

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Depression and Sleep

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation Feeling sad every now and then is a fundamental part of the human experience, especially during difficult or trying times. In contrast, persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness and disinterest in things that were once enjoyed are symptoms of depression, an illness that affects at least…

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What are Different Types of Insomnia?

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation There are multiple ways to describe insomnia: Acute insomnia A brief episode of difficulty sleeping. Acute insomnia is usually caused by a life event, such as a stressful change in a person’s job, receiving bad news, or travel. Often acute insomnia resolves without any treatment. Chronic insomnia A…

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What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions. Many people have focused…

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Is it ADHD?

Learn about the symptoms of ADHD and what to do if you’re concerned that your child might have this disorder. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Signs and Symptoms It is normal for children to have…

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Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs

What is depression? Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily…

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What Is the Link Between Anxiety and Insomnia?

Insomnia is the medical term for difficulty sleeping, which can include: difficulty falling asleep trouble staying asleep waking up too early waking up feeling tired Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress, where you feel apprehension or fear about what’s going to happen next. You may have an anxiety disorder if your feelings of anxiety: are extreme last…

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