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Featured Article: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a kind of anxiety disorder wherein an individual has little power to control undesirable thoughts (obsessions) and is compelled to perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions). With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the individual is aware that his or her obsessions and compulsions are illogical, yet they feel powerless in controlling or overcoming them...
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Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment disorders consist of a group of symptoms that are characterized by emotional and behavioral disturbances that usually occur within the first 3 months after the onset of the cause of the stressful event. Changes in the life of a person are the most common cause of stressful events. The stress-related symptoms manifest as depression, anxiousness and even in suicide attempts. The individual usually has difficulty in coping with changes in the presence of a stressful situation.
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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders usually occur together with other mental and cognitive disorders. Anxiety is a normal reaction of the body to stress but it becomes a disorder when it occurs with other psychological illnesses that can cause significant distress and affects the ability of the person to live a normal life.
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Cognitive Disorders

Cognitive disorders are mental health disorders that affect learning, perception, memory and ability in decision making. An individual with cognitive disorders has significant difficulty in thinking and analysis. The condition manifests impaired judgment, reasoning and awareness.
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Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are a group of mental conditions characterized by breakdowns in the person’s awareness of their identity, causing disruptions to their memories and perceptions. There is an involuntary dissociation from reality usually caused by psychological trauma. It is a defensive reaction to stressful conditions.
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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders generally refer to conditions involving excessive eating. Characterized by abnormal and unhealthy eating habits, an individual with eating disorders suffers from different emotional, physical and mental problems. The consequences of eating disorders can be anxiety and depression which tend to affect the person’s ability to live a normal life.
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Factitious Disorders

Factitious disorders consist of mental disorders where the person has a distorted perception of him or herself as being sick when in fact they are not. The person deliberately exaggerates his symptoms to give the impression to other people that he or she is ill or injured. The condition is accompanied by severe emotional depression and difficulties.
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Impulse-Control Disorders

Impulse control disorders are conditions where a person loses control over their impulses, doing something harmful to others and even to themselves. The acts of the individual are impulsive without a moment’s thought. The condition is very stressful to the individual as they find it hopeless to be in control of their life.
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Infant/Childhood/Adolescent Disorders

The infant, childhood and adolescent disorders are a group of mental conditions arising in the early stage of a person’s developmental age. The mental condition usually manifests and can be diagnosed as early as infancy until adolescent age. The symptoms of impairment in the cognitive, behaviorioral, communication and perceptual abilities of the child usually affect family relations and cause learning difficulties in the affected individuals.
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Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a group of mental illnesses that cause psychological distress due to changes in high and low mood. These mood changes usually occur for a longer period of time that causes extreme anxiety and a depressive condition.
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Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are clusters of psychiatric conditions consisting of behavioral, emotional and cognitive problems. An individual with a personality disorder has irrational and unhealthy perceptions of their selves and others. This could result in difficulties for the individual in establishing relationships, with social interactions and to their productivity. The problems with the individual’s behaviors and perceptions disrupt their personal and social relationships and cause significant distress in the individual’s life.
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Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized with unusual behavior involving perception about reality. Psychosis occurs due to the abnormal thinking and perception of the person that is beyond the real world. Hallucinations and delusions are the most common symptoms in schizophrenia and psychotic disorder that manifests as bizarre behavior in the person.
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Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

Sexual and gender identity disorders are characterized by the discontentment of one’s sex and the discomfort with one’s own assigned gender role. The conditions can foster a gender identity crisis - when an individual assumes cross gender behavior. The disorder can cause significant stress and anxiety to a person when assuming the cross gender role is culturally disapproved.
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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are conditions that can disrupt the normal sleeping patterns of a person. It is usually attributed to medical conditions and the person tends to sleep excessively. The lack of sleep can become stressful to a person and in serious conditions, it can take a toll on their ability to stay healthy and often compromise social and personal relationships. It can induce daytime sleepiness that significantly affects a person’s ability to perform their daily activities.
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Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform disorders are a category of disorders presenting different symptoms that would suggest the presence of a medical disorder but cannot be fully explained. It consists of mental illness characterized by mood, behavioral and mental disorders which are the common source of the person’s symptoms.
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Substance-Related Disorders

Substance related disorders are group of conditions that is primarily due to substance dependence. The individual abuses the use of a substance like an opiod, alcohol or drugs that results in maladaptive behaviors. There is an increasing and uncontrolled desire to use the substance with persistent failure in the attempt to stop its use.
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