Terms and Definitions
Stress: A feeling of tension or strain that can be caused by many different things, including the loss of a loved one or your job, health problems, being overloaded with things to do each day, etc. Too much stress can sometimes cause various physical and emotional changes and requires treatment.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is a condition where, for at least six months and without reason, you are worried, anxious or nervous, much more than is warranted for the event causing the worry or anxiety. While no sure cause is known, GAD usually appears after physical or emotional stress.
Bipolar Disorder: Also called manic-depressive illness, this is a long-term mood disorder that causes mild to severe changes in mood and behavior. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings-sometimes you will feel manic (overly excited and active); other times very depressed (deeply sad). You can also feel both at once (mixed bipolar state).
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disease that affects how your brain works. It can change how you think, feel and behave, affect your ability to know what is real and not real, cause your thoughts to be unclear, even jump from one topic to another. Delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking and speech, emotional unresponsiveness are a few schizophrenia symptoms.
Schizoaffective Disorder: A mental illness that may change how you think, feel, and act around others. You may have symptoms of psychosis (loss of reality), along with symptoms of a mood problem, such as being depressed, manic, or both. Schizoaffective Disorder is a long-term disease that could be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD is a condition that occurs after suffering or facing a traumatic (hurtful) event that brings you much pain or sorrow. You may continue to feel helpless after the event, which may even make you think you will get hurt or die. These experiences are often repeated or re-lived, affecting your daily activities, work and relationships.
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