An Overview of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are a class of mental disorders that distinguish themselves from other problems with two key features: fear and anxiety. Fear is an emotion experienced in response to an imminent threat (real or imagined). Anxiety, on the other hand, is an emotional state experienced in anticipation of a potential future threat. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—despite…

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What Is OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Explained

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted thoughts) that lead to compulsions (repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels compelled to perform to “undo” the obsession). OCD behaviors fall into four categories: checking, contamination, hoarding, and rumination/intrusive thoughts. Treatment includes…

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ADHD in Women Symptom Checklist

ADHD in Women Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is not gender biased. ADHD symptoms exist almost as often in girls as they do in boys, and the majority of kids with ADHD never outgrow it. What’s more, scientific research strongly suggests that ADHD is hereditary. Which means that, if you are the mother of…

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An Overview of Childhood Depression

Although most people think of depression as an adult illness, children and adolescents can develop depression as well. Unfortunately, many children with depression go untreated because adults don’t recognize they’re depressed. It’s important for parents, teachers, and other adults to learn about childhood depression. When you understand the symptoms of depression in children and the reasons children…

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or worry that you might be contaminated by germs, or even have an occasional unpleasant, violent thought. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so consuming they interfere with…

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How to Recognize Signs of OCD in Toddlers

Although we often think of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as an illness that affects mostly adults, between 0.25-4% of children will develop OCD.1 The average age of onset is approximately 10 years of age,2 although children as young as 5 or 6 may be diagnosed with the illness. Though children can start showing symptoms of OCD around age 3,…

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Effects of Insomnia On the Body

Insomnia Almost everyone experiences insomnia from time to time. Factors such as stress, jet lag, or even diet can affect your ability to get high-quality sleep. In fact, nearly 60 million Americans a year experience insomnia and wake up feeling unrefreshed. Sometimes the problem lasts for a night or two, but in other cases it’s…

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Depression in Women

Different Forms of Depression As women, we have many life roles. Mother, wife, employee, friend, healer, caregiver, and the list goes on. The complexity of all of these roles can cause ups and downs throughout life. Some of these mood changes may be due to life events (e.g., getting in an argument with a friend)…

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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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