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Is Substance Abuse a Type of Mental Disorder?

Share List The simple answer to “Is substance abuse a type of mental disorder?” is “yes”. However, the way in which substance abuse fits into mental health classifications is complex and has been the subject of decades of research and discussion. The most current version of the American Psychiatric Association’s “bible” on the names, symptoms […]

What is Panic Disorder?

Share List Panic disorder is characterized by sudden, uncontrollable and repeated attacks of panic and fear that normally last for several minutes or longer. These episodes are called panic attacks, during which the individual experiences a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. Panic attacks often include intense […]

What is Schizophrenia?

Share List Schizophrenia is a very complex condition, which may help explain why there are so many misconceptions. The word, itself, comes from the Greek “schizo”, meaning split and “phren”, meaning mind, but schizophrenia is not the same as split personality or multiple-personality. Contrary to popular perception, most people with schizophrenia are not violent, do […]

What Does It Mean to be Bipolar?

Share List Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels and ability to think clearly. Moods are experienced as highs, known as mania, and lows, which manifest as some level of depression. These differ in intensity from what most people experience. The average age-of-onset is around […]

What Are Common Eating Disorders?

Share List Eating disorders are serious mental health disorders that are related to ongoing eating behaviors that negatively impact physical, mental and emotional health, affecting the individual’s ability to function in most, if not all, areas of life. Although they can develop later in life, eating disorders often begin in teenagers and young adults and […]

What is ADD/ADHD?

Share List Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder that affects children. Identified by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity, ADHD is usually discovered during the early school years when children begin to have problems adjusting to environments that require them to pay attention and follow direction.   All children struggle […]