Understand Your Symptoms
It is helpful to have a better understanding of your symptoms. Just like when you have a cold, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, etc. When it comes to emotional and psychological issues there are also symptoms. For example, some of the symptoms for depression include no interest in activities and lack of motivation or energy. It is a common misconception that these symptoms mean you are lazy. In reality, you are not!
Again, this is only to help you have a better understanding of what you’re going though. Do NOT self-diagnose here otherwise you’d probably end up thinking you suffer from everything on the list.
Anxiety may not always be a negative thing. It’s normal to worry when we deal with stressful situations. These are the kind of emotions we experience in situations such as taking a tough exam, going on a first date, confronting family conflicts or perhaps asking the boss for a raise. The problem occurs when your fears and worries overwhelm you and start to intervene with your life.
People with anxiety disorders live with a constant fear or worry and may avoid certain situations because of this anxiety. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or rapid heartbeat. The good news is that there are many treatments and techniques which help reduce these symptoms and reduce your anxiety so that you can regain control of your life.
We all experience good and bad days, but these highs and lows are much more severe in people with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior that can negatively impact your professional or academic performance, your relationships and your day to day life. Although there is treatment available for bipolar disorder, many people don’t recognize it’s symptoms and seek help when needed. Since bipolar disorder tends to worsen without treatment, it’s important to learn how to recognize the symptoms. With the proper treatment and support, you can successfully manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder and lead a rich and fulfilling life.
|Bipolar II Disorder||1175|
We all experience ups and downs with our moods. Occasionally feeling down is a normal reaction to the struggles, disappointments and challenges that we face in life. We may call these emotions depression, however clinical depression is more than just the typical sadness we experience. It is characterized by an extended period of sadness along with other symptoms. When you are depressed, things may seem hopeless, but with the proper help and support you can get better.
|Major Depressive Disorder||1011|
Disruptive Behavior Disorders
It’s entirely normal for children and adolescents to occasionally act impulsively, feel fidgety or occasionally break rules. However, those with disruptive behavior disorders maintain consistent patterns of misbehavior and routinely act defiantly especially in the face of authority. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of such behave and to seek help if you see them.
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder||938|
For those who have eating disorders, recovery begins by first admitting that you have a problem. Admitting this can be tough, especially if you’re still clinging to the belief that weight loss is the key to happiness, confidence and success. Even when you finally understand that weight loss isn’t the answer to your problems, the habits you have developed can be difficult to break. The good news is that the behaviors you’ve learned can be changed. Overcoming an eating disorder is also about rediscovering who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image. True recovery from anorexia and bulimia involves:
- Learning to listen to your body
- Learning to listen to your feelings
- Learning to trust yourself
- Learning to accept yourself
- Learning to love yourself
|Anorexia Nervosa Disorder||1007|
|Bulimia Nervosa Disorder||972|
Personality disorders are chronic psychological disorders that can greatly affect a person’s life. It is characterized by a repetitive pattern of behavior that routinely deviates from the typical behavioral expectations of one’s culture. Having a personality disorder can negatively affect one’s professional and personal relationships. It can vary from mild to severe in terms of the frequency and extent that one exhibits such behavior. While most people can live normally with mild personality disorders, they can become worse during times of increased stress or pressure. They can significantly interfere with emotional and psychological function and has a typical onset during adolescence or early adulthood.
Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are challenging disorders because of the difficulty patients experience in distinguishing reality from fantasy, thinking clearly, managing emotions and relating to others. These obstacles can interfere a person’s ability to function normally and take care of themselves. When left untreated, schizophrenia can wreak havoc in the lives of those who suffer from it and the people they are close to.
Most cases of schizophrenia appear in the late teens or early adulthood. For men, the average age of onset is 25. For women, the typical onset is around the age of 24. In rare cases, schizophrenia can affect young children and adolescents, although the symptoms are slightly different. In general, the earlier in age that schizophrenia develops, the more severe it is. It also has the tendency to be more severe in men than women. Although Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder, there is help available. With the appropriate support, medication and therapy, many people with schizophrenia are able to independently function and live fulfilling lives. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent many complications and improve the chances of recovery from schizophrenia. If you’re worried that you or someone you care about has the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, please schedule an appointment with a doctor right away.
Substance Related Disorders
Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs isn’t easy. It takes true courage and strength to confront addiction. Sobriety may seem impossible when you are dealing with substance addiction but recovery is within reach. Overcoming substance addiction is difficult and may take a long time, but you can take the first steps in the road to recovery by acknowledging your addiction and examining the problem. For many who struggle with addiction, the first step can often be the most difficult to take. It’s normal to feel conflicted on deciding to give up your addiction, even when you realize the problems it causes, but change is never easy. Committing to sobriety involves making major adjustments such as:
- Changing how you react to stress
- Controlling who you allow into your life
- Choosing which activities you do in your free time
- Improving your self-perception
You may wonder if you are ready for this change and if you can successfully complete your journey to recovery. This is perfectly normal and help is available. With the right treatment and support, you can counteract the disruptive effects of substance addiction and regain control of your life.
|Polysubstance Dependence Disorder||1690|
|Substance Abuse Disorder||1023|
|Substance Dependence Disorder||1568|