Do you feel very happy and outgoing—or very irritable—on some days, but unusually sad or anxious on other days? Do the “up” periods go along with increased energy or activity? Do the “downs” go along with low energy, hopelessness, inability to enjoy what you usually like to do, and sometimes suicidal thoughts? Do these mood
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Major depressive disorder, or clinical depression, is characterized by a constant feeling of sadness and a lack of interest in once-loved activities. Children can indeed be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, and the National Institute of Mental Health reports that its incidence is growing – possibly due to the increasing awareness of its symptoms and
Currently, homelessness and mental health disorders are two serious public health concerns in the United States. Unfortunately, homelessness and mental health issues often occur simultaneously, and homelessness can worsen the mental health concerns. Let’s talk about homelessness, the relationship between homelessness and mental health, and where you can go in Richmond, VA, for world-class mental
Bipolar disorder is characterized by alternating moods of depression and mania, usually with episodes of normal moods in between. Fluctuating mood changes can be distressing and overwhelming and can affect your daily life. Let’s learn more about the disorder, how to cope with it, and where you can go in Virginia for world-class healthcare. What
Formerly called “manic depression,” bipolar disorder involves a dramatic shift in mood, behavior, and energy level that disrupts a person’s life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 10 million people in the United States are bipolar. The impact of bipolar disorder varies among individuals because everyone who has it experiences
Our mind and body work in coordination, so mental health is a key part of overall health. Having good mental health is more than just the absence of mental disabilities and disorders – indeed, it’s proactively maintaining a balanced psychological state. But that’s easy to say, not so easy to do. Many people deal with
We don’t have to look very far to find someone dealing with some type of mental health problem. Mental health disorders are alarmingly prevalent in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Nonetheless, roughly 60 percent of these have not sought proper medical intervention.
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder (MDD) affects roughly 16.1 million adults in the United States and is the top cause of disability for people ages 15 to 44. Major depressive disorder is a lifelong mental health disorder characterized by pervasive feelings of emptiness, despair, or sadness; fatigue
The teenage years are a time of accelerated growth and development. Teenagers go through physical changes, as well as mental and social changes. It is during this time that teenagers develop their view of the world. They also start to become more independent as they start the slow process of learning who they are and
Depression is a surprisingly common condition. It can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms can vary from person to person – and even from one period of your life to another. The most alarming symptom of depression is suicidal thoughts. Suicidal thoughts can also occur after a traumatic event or hearing tragic news.