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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)    Is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood. It affects about 3 - 5% of school aged children. ADHD is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls. ADHD may run in families, but it is not clear exactly what causes it. Whatever the cause may be, it ...

Anxiety Disorders

Apprehension of danger and dread accompanied by restlessness, tension, tachycardia, and dyspnea unattached to a clearly identifiable stimulus.   Anxiety disorders include panic disorder and adult panic anxiety syndrome, in which a person experiences episodes of a crippling sense of terror and panic called panic attacks. Another ...

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder causes episodes of irrational fear and panic called "panic attacks". In addition to the mental symptoms of fear, panic, and terror, these attacks often lead to physical symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, rapid pulse, and various other symptoms.   These symptoms can be so ...

Adult Panic

Adult panic anxiety syndrome is a psychiatric disorder characterized by recurring episodes of debilitating fear and anxiety known as panic attacks.   These can occur without warning and in the absence of any observable threat. Panic attacks can be brief or long-lasting and are often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as chest ...

OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder in which you have undesired and recurrent thoughts, feelings or behaviors. You may feel like you are constantly thinking about something (obsession), or you may feel the need to perform a certain action over and over (compulsion).   Obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of ...

PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (also known as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma.   This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one's own or someone else's physical, sexual, or ...

Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects the breathing passages of the lungs (bronchioles). Asthma is caused by chronic (ongoing, long-term) inflammation of these passages. This makes the breathing passages, or airways, of the person with asthma highly sensitive to various "triggers".     When the inflammation is ...

Allergies

An allergic reaction is caused when the immune system mistakenly identifies a normally harmless substance as damaging to the body.   For someone who has an allergy, a substance that is harmless to most people causes their immune system to react and cause symptoms that can range from annoying to life threatening. The substance that ...

Acne

Acne (acne vulgaris, common acne) is a disease of the hair follicles of the face, chest, and back that affects almost all males and females during puberty; the only exception being teenage members of a few primitive isolated tribes living in Neolithic societies.   It is not caused by bacteria, although bacteria play a role in its ...

Acidic Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus. The liquid can inflame and damage the lining (cause esophagitis) of the esophagus although visible signs of inflammation occur in a minority of patients. ...

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