What is Dementia?

“Dementia” describes a set of characteristic symptoms that may include memory loss and trouble with thinking, problem-solving, and/or language.  The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition refers to dementia as “Neurocognitive Disorder.”  There are actually several types of dementia based on both how the symptoms were brought about and what particular symptoms are displayed. Each […]

What is (ADHD)?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that is characterized by a chronic pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity or a combination of the three that affect how a person functions in their day-to-day life. ADHD is very common among children, and three times more prevalent among boys than girls.  Once referred to as […]

Understanding Sleep Disorders

What are sleep disorders? How do you decide if you are experiencing a sleep disorder or just restless sleep? Many people experience occasional problems sleeping well, not getting enough sleep, and not feeling rested after sleeping?  When these problems persist, though, they can suggest a deeper problem with sleeping – sometimes referred to as a […]

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is caused by exposure to an extremely traumatic event where the victim’s natural reaction was intense fear, helplessness, or horror. There are several different events that can trigger this and everyone reacts differently. Some of the common events include war, torture, rape, child sexual assaults, terrorism, […]

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) refers to intrusive repetitive thoughts that cause an individual to perform acts in order to prevent something terrible from happening. The acts become ritualistic and can result in total control over the individual. There are four characteristic symptoms of obsessions and two characteristic symptoms of compulsions used to […]

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that is descriptive of a mental disorder in which the person experiences abnormalities in the perception or the expression of reality. The symptoms are typically exhibited in the early years of adulthood. The is no specific cause for schizophrenia, but research does indicate there may be factors that are encouraging […]

What is Bipolar Disorder?

-What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder is descriptive of a category of mood disorders that are defined by episodes of abnormal mood swings with related changes in energy level and behavior. It is actually quite serious and dangerous because the person who is suffering from the disorder is often not even aware of it. There […]

What is Anxiety?

What is anxiety? Anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder is a debilitating mental disorder characterized by excessive fears or worries about everyday things in life. The constant worrying is unrealistic and is characterized by a state of unease or apprehension that is exaggerated or out of proportion to the situation. Individuals who experience this are in […]

What is Depression?

What is depression? Depression is a mental illness that is correlated with a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects the body and mind. This imbalance can cause changes in mood, behavior, thinking, and physical well-being. The symptoms vary from person to person but are generally signified by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and loss […]

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is a pattern of harmful use of any drug or medicine for mood-altering purposes.  Here, the term “substances” refers to a variety of both legal drugs – like alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine – as well as illegal ones – like cocaine, heroin, and psychedelic compounds.  It is generally believed that the use of […]