Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant....more
ADHD is a behavior disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity....more
A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others and a lack of social awareness....more
If you are a parent or grandparent of a child with an ASD, it can be heartbreaking if you feel like you just can't connect with him or her. But learning more about these disorders and what has helped others should help you and your relationship....more
People with bipolar cycle between periods of mania and periods of depression. There is no cure, but medicine and therapy can help manage symptoms.
A mood disorder is a mental health class that health professionals use to broadly describe all types of depression and bipolar disorders.
Depression is a serious mood disorder. It touches every part of your life and is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Treatment involves medicine and counseling.
Most people who commit suicide have a mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder....more
Dysthymia is a milder, yet long lasting form of depression....more
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It occurs during certain seasons of the year – most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.
Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing. It differs from bulimia because its sufferers do not purge their bodies of the excess food....more
The disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight....more
Grief moves in and out of stages from disbelief and denial, to anger and guilt, to finding a source of comfort, to eventually adjusting to the loss....more
Learning about grief and how it affects your family can help you get through the difficult times together. It may even help your family grow stronger....more
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common anxiety disorder. It causes unreasonable thoughts, fears, or worries. A person with OCD tries to manage these thoughts through rituals....more
Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness....more
A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people....more
When you're faced with a highly stressful event in your life, the strategies outlined here will help you cope....more
Panic disorder is when you have repeated, unexpected panic attacks and worry constantly about when the next one might occur. Medications and therapy can help.
If you tend to worry a lot, even when there’s no reason to, you may have generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Medicine and lifestyle changes can help.
Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition. It affects a person’s ability to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships....more
The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have....more
Genetics can play a part in whether you have problems with alcohol. But many other factors also have an influence....more
Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants....more
Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment....more
Cocaine use ranges from occasional to compulsive. There is no safe way to use the drug....more