ADD: Attention deficit disorder
ADD is now an outdated term. Doctors have moved toward the term ADHD to describe individuals with ADD.
ADHD: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by consistent inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that causes disruptions in an individual’s school or work activities. In regard to ADHD, inattention refers to difficulty maintaining focus on the task at hand; hyperactivity refers to an inability to sit still, and impulsivity refers to actions taken without consideration or second thought.
BP: Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is often a misunderstood mental disorder. Some people refer to themselves as bipolar when they experience extreme bouts of anger or sadness, but bipolar disorder by definition is much more complex.
There are four types of bipolar disorder:
BPD: Borderline personality disorder
BPD is a mental disorder exhibited through extreme instability in mood, behavior, self-image and ability to function. Often this instability is accompanied by impulsivity and tumultuous relationships. Individuals with BPD oftentimes experience severe anger, anxiety and depression.
MDD: Major depressive disorder
MDD is also known simply as depression or as clinical depression and is an all-too-common mood disorder. MDD is diagnosed after two consistent weeks of low mood affecting a person’s self-image, self-esteem and outlook on life. Oftentimes this results in difficulties sleeping, eating and performing basic daily functions.
OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
OCD is a disorder comprised of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are pervasive thoughts, images or ideas that cause extreme anxiety, and compulsions (or rituals) are actions that must be completed in order to reduce the feelings of anxiety. OCD is an extremely debilitating disorder that, when left untreated, can lead to major disruptions in an individual’s life.
PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder
PTSD occurs in individuals who have experienced a shocking, dangerous or terrifying event, such as active duty combat or sexual abuse. Fear is common during these events and generally subsides with time, but in individuals with PTSD, the extreme “fight-or-flight” response continues to kick in every time a reminder of the event occurs. Symptoms generally begin within three months of the traumatic event but sometimes do not occur until years later.
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