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    • Adjustment Disorders

      Adjustment disorders are quite common in children and teens. They are characterized by an excessive reaction to stress.

    • Anorexia Nervosa

      Anorexia nervosa (or simply anorexia) is an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and food.

    • Anxiety Disorders

      Detailed information on the most common types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias

    • Behavior Disorders

      Detailed information on behavior problems in adolescents, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder

    • Binge Eating Disorder

      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.

    • Bulimia Nervosa

      Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.

    • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

      A psychiatric evaluation will look at symptoms and when they occur, as well as what impact they have on family and work relationships.

    • Conduct Disorder

      A child with a conduct disorder has antisocial behaviors that violate the rights of others and age-appropriate social standards and rules.

    • Depression and Suicide

      More than 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder—most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.

    • Dysthymia

      Dysthymia is a mood disorder similar to major depression. It has less severe symptoms than depression, but the symptoms linger for several years.

    • Eating Disorders

      Detailed information on the most common types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder

    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

      A person with generalized anxiety disorder often worries excessively about health, money, family, or work, and continually anticipates disaster.

    • Glossary - Mental Health Disorders

      Glossary of terms relating to mental health

    • Home Page - Mental Health Disorders

      Detailed information on mental health disorders, including the psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatric treatment team, seeking mental health treatment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance ab

    • Knowing When to Seek Treatment

      Families, spouses, or friends are often the first to suspect that their loved one is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause them to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad.

    • Major Depression

      You may have depression if you have a persistent sad or "empty" mood, or if you find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions.

    • Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder

      Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a type of affective disorder that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs. It is becoming an important health concern in this country.

    • Mental Health Disorder Statistics

      Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. In particular, depressive illnesses tend to occur along with substance abuse and anxiety disorders.

    • Mental Health Disorders in Children and Teens

      Detailed information on the most common mental health disorders in children and teens

    • Mood Disorders

      Detailed information on the most common types of mood disorders, including major depression, manic depression (bipolar disorder), dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder, and suicide

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

      OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an unreasonable thought, fear, or worry that he or she tries to manage through a ritualized activity to reduce the anxiety.

    • Online Resources - Mental Health Disorders

      List of online resources to find additional information on mental health

    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

      This behavior disorder is characterized by uncooperative, defiant, negativistic, irritable, and annoying behaviors toward parents, peers, teachers, and other authority figures.

    • Overview of Mood Disorders

      Mood disorders refer to a category of mental health problems that include all types of depression and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are sometimes called affective disorders.

    • Panic Disorder

      Panic disorder is marked by chronic, repeated, and unexpected panic attacks—bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear.

    • Personality Disorders

      Detailed information on the most common types of personality disorders, including paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissisti

    • Phobias

      A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. The fear experienced by people with phobias can be so great that some go to extreme lengths to avoid the source of their fear.

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

      PTSD is a condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event—causing the person who survived the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories of the ordeal.

    • Psychiatric Treatment Team

      Team members may include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, and a psychiatric nurse.

    • Schizophrenia

      Detailed information on schizophrenia, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

    • Seasonal Affective Disorder

      Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer.

    • Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency

      Substance abuse is a pattern of drug use that leads to significant problems such as failure to attend work or school, driving a vehicle while "high," or difficulties with friendships and or family relationships.

    • Teen Suicide

      Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

    • Topic Index - Mental Health Disorders

      Detailed information on mental health disorders, including the psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatric treatment team, seeking mental health treatment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance ab

    • Tourette's Disorder

      A person with Tourette's disorder develops multiple repeated tics. The tics are abrupt, purposeless, and involuntary vocal sounds or muscular jerks.