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Bipolar Community
Whether you've just been diagnosed or have been living with Bipolar Disorder for years, you'll find valuable resources and a supportive community at NewLifeOutlook. Bipolar Community

Adjustment Disorders: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Adjustment disorder (AD) is a stress-related, short-term, nonpsychotic disturbance. Persons with AD are often viewed as disproportionately overwhelmed or overly intense in their responses to given stimuli. These responses manifest as emotional or behavioral reactions to an ...

Aggression: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Most patients with mental disorders are not aggressive. Nonetheless, epidemiological evidence points to an increased risk for violence among individuals with a mental disorder compared with the general population. This article reviews this evidence and provides a ...

Alcohol-Related Psychosis: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Alcohol-related psychosis is a secondary psychosis with predominant hallucinations occurring in many alcohol-related conditions, including acute intoxication, withdrawal, after a major decrease in alcohol consumption, and alcohol idiosyncratic intoxication. Alcohol is a neurotoxin that affects the ...

Amphetamine-Related Psychiatric Disorders: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) describes the following 10 amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders:1Amphetamine-induced anxiety disorderAmphetamine-induced mood disorderAmphetamine-induced psychotic disorder with delusionsAmphetamine-induced psychotic disorder with hallucinationsAmphetamine-induced sexual dysfunctionAmphetamine-induced sleep ...

Anorgasmia, Female: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Definitions and Diagnosis of Anorgasmia A comprehensive definition of female orgasm, as Meston et al proposed, is as follows:1[A] variable, transient peak sensation of intense pleasure creating an altered state of consciousness, usually accompanied by involuntary, rhythmic ...

Anorgasmia, Male: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Anorgasmia Definitions and General Considerations Male orgasm is defined as a subjective, perceptual-cognitive event of peak sexual pleasure that in normal conditions coincides with the moment of ejaculation. Anorgasmia is defined as failure to experience an orgasm. According ...

Anxiety Disorders: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric disorders. Many patients with anxiety disorders experience physical symptoms related to anxiety and subsequently visit their primary care providers. Despite the high prevalence rates of these anxiety disorders, they often are ...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: eMedicine Pediatrics: Developmental an
Overview: The term attention deficit is misleading. In general, the current predominating theories suggest that persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), actually have difficulty regulating their attention; inhibiting their attention to nonrelevant ...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental condition of inattention and distractibility, with or without accompanying hyperactivity. In the past, various terms were used to describe this condition, including hyperactive syndrome and, from the Diagnostic ...

Autism: eMedicine Pediatrics: Developmental and Behavioral
Overview: Autism is a condition that manifests in early childhood and is characterized by qualitative abnormalities in social interactions, marked aberrant communication skills, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. Most individuals with autism also manifest mental retardation, ...

Avoidant Personality Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), avoidant personality disorder (APD) is characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.1 Children ...

Bipolar Affective Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness (MDI), is one of the most common, severe, and persistent mental illnesses. Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of deep, prolonged, and profound depression that alternate with periods of an excessively ...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) was recognized formally in 1997 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) under the somatoform disorders. BDD is defined as a preoccupation with an imagined or slight ...

Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: The term breathing-related sleep disorder refers to a spectrum of breathing anomalies ranging from chronic or habitual snoring to upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to frank obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or, in some cases, obesity hypoventilation ...

Brief Psychotic Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: In 1913, Karl Jaspers described specific criteria for the diagnosis of reactive psychosis, including the presence of an identifiable and extremely traumatic stressor, a close relation between the stressor and the development of psychosis, and a ...

Bulimia: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Bulimia nervosa (BN) is one of the eating disorders identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).1 The word bulimia is derived from the Greek words bous (ox) ...

Caffeine-Related Psychiatric Disorders: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Caffeine is the world's favorite psychoactive substance. Only petroleum exceeds coffee as a globally traded commodity, and commerce and history of the United States are closely linked to tea consumption. Soft drinks now rank as the ...

Cannabis Compound Abuse: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Cannabis shoots, leaves, and fruits unearthed in the Yanghqi Tombs, Turpan District in Xinjiang, China have been carbon dated to 2500 BC. They are believed to have been used for ritual/medicinal purposes, given the Shamanistic identity ...

Cocaine-Related Psychiatric Disorders: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Cocaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found within the leaves of a shrub, Erythroxylon coca. The earliest reported use of cocaine dates back to times when the ancient inhabitants of Peru used the leaves for religious ...

Confusion Treatment and Symptoms
Confusion, of a pathological degree, usually refers to loss of orientation (ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location, and personal identity) and often memory (ability to correctly recall previous events or learn new material).

Delirium: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Delirium or acute confusional state is a transient global disorder of cognition. The condition is a medical emergency associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates. Early diagnosis and resolution of symptoms are correlated with the most ...

Delusional Disorder: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Delusional disorder is an illness characterized by the presence of nonbizarre delusions in the absence of other mood or psychotic symptoms. Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) (APA, 2000) defines delusions as false ...

Dementia Due to HIV Disease: eMedicine Psychiatry
Overview: Physicians frequently encounter neurologic and psychiatric complications in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is not surprising since the HIV virus enters the central nervous system (CNS) early in the course of the infection. ...

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Learn about Zoloft, its benefits, side effects, how it works and the conditions it is approved to treat, including depression and anxiety disorders.

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