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Mental & Behavioral Health

Your emotional wellbeing and behavior affects every aspect of your life—personal happiness, relationships, and even work. Maintaining your mental health requires resilience, mindfulness, and—perhaps most important—getting help when you need it.

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A depressive episode is when you feel very sad, have low energy, and lose interest in things you enjoy for at least two weeks. If you have more than one episode, see a mental health provider.

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Bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Behavior includes binging (overeating) and purging (getting rid of the calories). The goal of treatment is to learn to notice unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors while developing positive coping skills.

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When it comes to food, everyone has their likes and dislikes. But children and adults who only eat a few certain foods may be picky eaters. Children often outgrow this problem, but for some kids and adults, it may be a sign of an eating disorder or other conditions.

Depression causes a low mood, feeling of sadness, irritable mood and an inability to enjoy the things you are used to. There are different types of depression, and they vary based on the levels of depression, what may trigger it, and when they tend to occur.

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This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of holiday blues. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, irritability, feelings of worry, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and sleep, appetite, or weight changes.

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Feeling numb can be very distressing. It’s usually caused by PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other conditions.

Parents of children with disabilities often have greater challenges, both emotionally and practically. Getting support from a range of sources and finding ways to take care of yourself can help you feel better and be a better parent.

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Mood disorders include different types of depression and bipolar disorder. They can be treated with a combination of medications and talk therapy

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Depersonalization/derealization disorder is a type of dissociative disorder where you feel detached from your thoughts, feelings, body, sensations, or your surroundings. It’s often caused by a traumatic experience.

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Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious mood disorder. It is much deeper than just feeling sad or depressed on a given day or week. It’s defined by continual sadness and loss of enjoyment in daily life. It is treated with therapy or a combination of therapy and medications.

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An auditory hallucination is when you hear a voice, music, or other noise that other people do not hear. It is usually caused by a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia or dementia.

Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is a mood disorder of continuous feelings of low-level sadness over a long period of time. It is also known as dysthymia. It’s different from depression, and is treated with therapy and medications.

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Alcohol use disorder is when you have problems controlling how much you drink, think about drinking often, and the alcohol use has affected your mental health, relationships, or work. There are many successful treatments for it.

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Everyone becomes aggressive at times. However, in the setting of other physical symptoms or illness, aggressive tendencies can be representative of an illness.

Everyone has something they’re particular about or certain routines they follow. But if you’re constantly bothered by intrusive thoughts or fears and can’t resist urges to perform repetitive behaviors, you may have OCD.

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A manic episode is a condition that causes symptoms such as elevated mood and excessive energy. The most common causes—bipolar disorder and substance and medication abuse—are both serious illnesses that require immediate medical attention.

Postpartum depression is depression that appears during the year following childbirth. More than just “baby blues,” the condition can be long-lasting and severe. Treatment options include talk therapy and medication.

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Feeling stressed? Learn the causes, symptoms, and ten easy ways to de-stress

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Stress can cause flare-ups of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, and acne. But specific treatments, good skin care, and stress relief can help.

Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic mental disorder that is diagnosed when people are in their teens, 20s, or 30s. People with schizophrenia may have hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. They may have trouble with work, self-care, and relationships. Schizophrenia is not curable but is treatable with medication and therapy.

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Specific phobias are an extreme, ongoing fear of a situation, object, or thing. It feels nearly impossible to control your reaction and interferes with everyday life. But treatments can be effective.

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Agoraphobia is a fear of leaving your home. It is a type of anxiety disorder. It’s often accompanied by panic attacks. Agoraphobia can be treated with therapy and medications.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can make it hard to focus, stay organized, and complete everyday tasks. There are many ways to treat ADHD, including medication, therapy, and healthy habits like exercising.

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Changes in your personality is often thought of as a sign of a mental health condition, such as depression or bipolar disorder. But some physical illnesses can also alter your behavior, such as a urinary tract infection and dementia.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder, where people fixate on their appearance. They obsess over minor or unnoticeable flaws and may go to extreme lengths to hide them.

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Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes an intense fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia severely restrict the food they eat, leading to extreme weight loss. Treatment includes talk therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy or a support group, and possibly medication.

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Bipolar disorder is when people alternate between having an elevated mood (mania) and depression. It can be very disruptive to your life if untreated. Usually therapy and medications can reduce episodes and help people lead a healthy life.

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Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that features unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, and develops from many genetic and environmental factors.

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Dissociative amnesia is a condition in which a person becomes unable to remember events from a part of their life. It affects about 1% to 3% of people.

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Understand your difficulty concentrating symptoms, including 8 causes and common questions.

Irritability is defined as reacting strongly to stimuli that aren't worthy of that reaction. Characteristics include being easily annoyed & outbursts of rage.