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  • Acute stress disorder: An acute anxiety state
  • Addiction: Any of various addictions to substances or activities.
  • Adjustment Disorder: This is a maladaptive reaction to identifiable stress
  • Adult ADHD: Adult ADHD, (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a common neurobehavioral developmental disorder with an onset in childhood that continues into adulthood. Children do not simply grow out of ADHD, as is often believed. Just the opposite is commonly true - the symptoms of ADHD often get worse as a child grows into adulthood. The predominant behaviors of adult ADHD are the same as in children and include:
    • Inattentiveness
    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity

    These behaviors result in difficulties with:

    • Concentration
    • Remaining focused on a task or activity
    • Controlling behavior
    • Hyperactivity or over-activity

    The symptoms of adult ADHD can be treated, but there currently is no cure for the disorder. Most people with ADHD can be successfully treated and lead normal, productive lives at home, work, school and with friends and family. The cause or causes of ADHD are not yet known, although researchers believe that genes may be one factor in the development of the disease. It is most likely that the disorder is the result of a combination of elements, including environmental factors, traumatic head injuries, nutrition, and social influences.

  • Alcohol abuse: Excessive use of alcohol ranging from binge drinking to severe alcoholism
  • Anxiety conditions: Medical conditions related to anxiety, fear, and panic.
  • Anxiety disorders: Anxiety disorders are persistent and excessive feelings of fear, worry or uneasiness that are significant enough to have an impact on day-to-day life. Excessive anxiety can have repercussions on physical and mental health. There are a number of different subtypes of anxiety disorders such as General anxiety, Social anxiety, Phobias, Hypochondria and Obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Behavioral disorders: Disorders affecting behavior and emotional wellbeing
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder: Episodes of brief psychosis
  • Chemical addiction: Addiction to and abuse of various substances.
  • Child abuse: Physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of child.
  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Detachment: Inappropriate loss of interest or involvement.
  • Dissociative Amnesia: The sudden loss of memory
  • Dysthymia/seasonal depression disorder, PND:
  • Emotional symptoms: Symptoms affecting the emotions.
  • Epilepsy: Brain condition causing seizures or spasms.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder: Excessive anxiety and worrying.
  • Gulf War syndrome: Syndrome in military veterans of the Gulf war
  • Malingering: The faking or exaggeration of symptoms of a particular condition
  • Memory symptoms: Symptoms related to memory ability such as forgetfulness.
  • Mental health conditions: Medical conditions related to mental health, emotions, behavior, personality, psychology, psychiatry, and so on.
  • Mental illness: Any psychological syndrome
  • Mental problems: Symptoms affecting judgement, thought or intelligence.
  • Neurosis: Variety of mental disorders with self-awareness
  • Nightmares: Dreams that are frightening and realistic. Nightmares may be distressing enough to wake a person. They can be caused by tiredness, stress and certain drugs such as some blood-pressure medications. Generally, everyone can expect to experience nightmares at some stage in their life. The occasional nightmare is normal but anyone experiencing regular nightmares that interferes with their sleep may need to seek help.
  • Numbness: Loss of feeling or sensation
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Behavioral disorder with obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts.
  • Panic disorder: It is a severe medical condition characterized by extremely elevated mood.
  • Psychiatric disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Psychological disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Schizophrenia: A psychiatric disorder characterized by hallucinations and delusional beliefs where a person is unable to distinguish between reality and imagination. The condition tends to have a chronic nature and can be severely debilitating if treatment isn't sought.
  • Specific phobias: Irrational fears of specific situations, actions or items.


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