Information regarding medical conditions listed below is from the National Institutes of Health, which is a collection of government agencies (eg. National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Drug Abuse, etc.) This is an invaluable site to refer to for additional information relating to the conditions listed below. There is a simple search box on the main screen.
This information is not intended to provide a diagnosis for any persons. It is simply a reference to the conditions. As always, consult with a medical physician for proper diagnosis of any problems you may be experiencing.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
General Anxiety Disorder
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feel extremely worried or feel nervous about these and other things—even when there is little or no reason to worry about them.
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological disorder that causes a range of behavior problems such as difficulty attending to instruction, focusing on schoolwork, keeping up with assignments, following instructions, completing tasks and social interaction.
People with binge-eating disorder lose control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. While dementia is more common as people grow older, it is not a normal part of aging.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a disorder that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans as well as survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, car accidents, disasters, terror attacks, or other serious events. Some experiences, like the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.