Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is generally a disorder in which a person has overpowering, recurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. The disorder is characterized by repeated, unwanted ideas, thoughts, or obsessive sensations that make them feel the need to compulsively and repetitively complete an action. These [...]
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When you think of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), you almost invariable think of war veterans – and you probably envision a man. The truth is that women are just as likely as men to suffer from PTSD – and war is far from the only cause. Five out of ten women experience a major, traumatic [...]
Mental illnesses are much more common than most people realize. There are also many misconceptions about mental illness. Here are the a few important facts to know about these disorders – which are far more common than most people realize. Almost 19% of all adult Americans experiences some type of mental illness. That’s one out [...]
Everyone feels anxious sometimes. Often, anxiety is a normal and natural response to life’s pressures and stresses. But for some people, it can become uncontrollable and overwhelming, persisting to the point where it interferes with daily activities. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric illness, and they affect approximately 40 million [...]
As more and more celebrities come forward with bipolar disorders, this once taboo topic has finally come into the light. Bipolar disorders are actually four different brain disorders that cause extreme changes in mood and behavior, in some cases impacting an individual’s ability to handle everyday responsibilities. Up to 3% of the American population – [...]
The American Psychiatric Association considers mental illness to be a group of conditions that involve changes in a person’s emotions, thinking, and behavior. These changes can lead to personal distress as well as problems with family, work, and social interactions. While substance abuse is a serious problem today, it is not considered to be a [...]
Diabetes is actually a group of diseases, including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, that affect how your body processes blood sugar, or glucose. Proper use of glucose is essential for your health because it's a source of energy for cells – which are the components of all the tissues, organs and muscles in [...]
Four times more people suffer from diabetes today than did in 1980. It is not only increasing in the US, but throughout the world – especially in lower and middle-income countries. While the actual causes of diabetes are varied, the rise is partly due to the increase in the number of overweight people – including [...]
Approximately 422 million people in the world suffer from some type of diabetes today. More than 30 million people in the US alone have some sort of diabetes – and a huge number of these individuals are unaware of their condition, which can be managed and treated to prevent some of the serious complications that [...]
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then the next step is to work with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the type of diabetes that you have, a combination of regular blood sugar monitoring, changes in lifestyle, and/or insulin and oral medications may be prescribed. Some of the most common [...]