Menstuff® has compiled a list of resources on Mental Health disorders.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
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stress disorder A person who is suffering from acute stress
disorder has been exposed to atraumatic event in which both of the
following were present: The person experienced, witnessed, or was
confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened
death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of
self or others. The person's response involved intense fear,
helplessness, or horror.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating
disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
Symptoms include: Intense fear of weight gain or being "fat", feeling
"fat" or overweight despite dramatic weight loss, loss of menstrual
periods in girls and women post-puberty.
Disorders Anxiety disorders include panic disorder,
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder
(OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia,
agoraphobia, and specific phobias). Anxiety disorders cause people to
feel excessively frightened, distressed, and uneasy during situations
in which most others would not experience these symptoms. More than
19 million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder in a given
year, and many people have more than one anxiety disorder.
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Attention
Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a
neurological condition characterized by developmentally inappropriate
degrees of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. ADHD, which
is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood,
occurs in 3 to 5 percent of school-age children in a 6-month period.
ADHD is 5 to 7 times more common in boys.
Disorder Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder involving
episodes of serious mania and depression. Symptoms include:
hyperactivity, fidgetiness, difficulties making changes, and high
levels of anxiety (particularly in response to separation from the
child's mother) are commonly seen. Additionally, being easily
frustrated, having difficulty controlling anger, and impulsiveness
(difficulty waiting one's turn, interrupting others) often result in
prolonged and violent temper tantrums. Bipolar Disorder affects at
least 2 million Americans in a given year.
Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating
disorder characterized by a secretive cycle of bingeing and purging.
Bulimia nervosa affects 1-3% of middle and high school girls and 1-4%
of college age women.
Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can
complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough
to lead to suicide. Symptoms of depression include sad mood, loss of
interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, change in
appetite or weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, physical
slowing or agitation, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness or
inappropriate guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and
recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Clinical depression is one of
the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million
Americans each year.
Disorders Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia,
and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes,
and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Each year millions
of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes
life-threatening eating disorders.
Eating Disorders.com eating-disorders.com
Relationship Dr. Nielsen's web site provides fathers,
daughters, therapists, & professors with research, statistics
& specific, no-nonsense advice for strengthening father-daughter
relationships. A psychologist, Dr. Nielsen for the past 10 years has
taught the only college course in the country devoted exclusively to
father-daughter relationships. The web site includes excerpts &
reviews of her third book, Embracing Your Father: How to Build
the Relationship You Want with Your Dad. Instead of blaming or
criticizing fathers, Nielsen focuses on daughters' responsibilities
for strengthening the relationship. www.wfu.edu/~nielsen
Anxiety Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorders consist of
constant and exaggerated worrisome thoughts coupled with tension
about everyday routine life events and activities, lasting at least
six months. A person suffering from this disorder almost always
anticipates the worst even though there is little reason to expect
it. Other symptoms include physical indications, such as fatigue,
trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea. About 2.8% of the
U.S. population (4 million Americans) have GAD during a year's
Learning Disorders A learning disorder
is an illness that affects people's ability to either interpret what
they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the
brain. Symptoms of learning disorders can show up in many ways--
specific difficulties with spoken and written language, coordination,
self-control, or attention. Such difficulties extend to schoolwork
and can impede learning to read or write, or to do math. Learning
disabilities affect as many as 15 percent of otherwise able
Obsessive-compulsive disorder People
with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from
recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions),
which they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as hand washing,
counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of
preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. About 2.3% of
the U.S. population (3.3 million Americans) experiences OCD in a
Panic disorder Panic disorder is
characterized by un-expected and repeated episodes of intense fear
accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart
palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal distress.
About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately
2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given year.
stress disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be
an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to
a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or
was threatened. At least 3.6% of U.S. adults (5.2 million Americans)
have PTSD during the course of a year.
Disorders There are several types of sleep disorders
including insomnia, narcolepsy, and obstructive sleep apnea; which
affects approximately 30 million Americans. Possible causes: An
individuals vigorous lifestyle, stress, poor career performance, over
eating, and sleeping disorders can be linked to depression.
Social phobia Social phobia, also called
social anxiety, is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety
and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. About
3.7% of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - (5.3 million Americans) -
has social phobia in any given year.
Specific phobia These common
conditions are characterized by marked fear of specific objects or
situations (DSM-IV). Exposure to the object of the phobia, either in
real life or via imagination or video, invariably elicits intense
anxiety, which may include a (situational bound) panic attack.
Phobias afflict as many as 12 percent of all Americans.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people
between the age 15 to 24
.. ALL these deaths are preventable
Every year, 30,000 Americans take their own lives in suicide. Every
15 minutes a suicide occurs in the United States. There are twice as
many deaths due to suicide than due to HIV/AIDS. In 1996, more
teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart
disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and
chronic lung disease combined. Males are four times more likely to
commit suicide than their female counterparts. Suicide has ranked
among the10 leading causes of death since 1975. It is not, however,
one of the 10 leading causes of death for women. Does that tell you
something? For every two victims of homicide in the U.S. there are
three deaths from suicide.
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Source: www.nostigma.org/mhlinks.hmtl All bulleted information was cited from data collected by the National Mental Health Association and from Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the first one blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity. - Herman Melville