Major depressive disorder (MDD), commonly called depression, is a mental disorder that significantly and negatively impacts a person’s life with the overwhelming feeling of being sad, empty, and an overall lack of hope.
When this lasts at least two weeks along with low mood, which is present for most situations, it impairs your way of life. It is often accompanied by low self-esteem, loss of interest in things you used to love, low energy, and pain without a clear reason. MDD can happen without warning, without a trigger, and is not your fault.
Anxiety is defined as an increased feeling of anticipation over a perceived threat. It is often characterized as fear, a racing heart, feeling on edge, and even anger.
Sometimes this is normal, such as when one is caught in a dangerous situation. When the danger is gone, the anxiety leaves. Other times, this is triggered for no reason at all. The result can be unbearable.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety-based condition recognized as its own unique mental health disorder that may not respond to medication, or has side effects that are intolerable.
When treatment fails, obsessive thoughts and the compulsive actions taken in an effort to stop the anxiety can negatively impact your life.
Also known as manic-depressive illness, Bipolar Disorder causes severe, unusual shifts in mood, energy, and functionality.
Though it typically starts in early adulthood, it’s not uncommon for it to begin in childhood or even later in life. This is a long-term illness and must be managed throughout a person’s life.
The main characteristics of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) include difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
ADHD symptoms start early on in childhood, however there are some cases in which diagnosis don’t occur until adulthood.
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is an older term associated with ADHD, also referred to as “Inattentive ADHD.” ADD can be summarized as ADHD without the hyperactivity component.
Symptoms include trouble focusing, forgetfulness, and impacted listening skills.