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Acute stress disorder
Anorexia
Anxiety Disorders
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Bipolar Disorder
Bulimia
Depression
Eating Disorders
Father-Daughter Relationship
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Learning Disorders
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Social phobia
Specific phobia
Therapy
Suicide

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Acute stress disorder A person who is suffering from acute stress disorder has been exposed to atraumatic event in which both of the following were present: The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. The person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
ADAA www.adaa/org/
MentalHealth.com www.mentalhealth.com/fr20.html
Psyweb.com www.psyweb.com/Mdisord/AnxietyDis/asd.html

Anorexia Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Symptoms include: Intense fear of weight gain or being "fat", feeling "fat" or overweight despite dramatic weight loss, loss of menstrual periods in girls and women post-puberty.
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/eatingdisorder.cfm#ed1

Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobias). Anxiety disorders cause people to feel excessively frightened, distressed, and uneasy during situations in which most others would not experience these symptoms. More than 19 million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder in a given year, and many people have more than one anxiety disorder.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/anxious.htm
ADAA www.adaa.org/
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological condition characterized by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. ADHD, which is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood, occurs in 3 to 5 percent of school-age children in a 6-month period. ADHD is 5 to 7 times more common in boys.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/noattent.htm
CHADD chadd.com
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhdmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/71.cfm

Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder involving episodes of serious mania and depression. Symptoms include: hyperactivity, fidgetiness, difficulties making changes, and high levels of anxiety (particularly in response to separation from the child's mother) are commonly seen. Additionally, being easily frustrated, having difficulty controlling anger, and impulsiveness (difficulty waiting one's turn, interrupting others) often result in prolonged and violent temper tantrums. Bipolar Disorder affects at least 2 million Americans in a given year.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/bipolar.htm
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bipolarmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/76.cfm

Bulimia Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a secretive cycle of bingeing and purging. Bulimia nervosa affects 1-3% of middle and high school girls and 1-4% of college age women.
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/eatingdisorder.cfm#ed2

Depression Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide. Symptoms of depression include sad mood, loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, change in appetite or weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, physical slowing or agitation, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/depressd.htm
Depression.org www.depression.org
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depressionmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/78.cfm
SAMHSA www.samhsa.gov

Eating Disorders Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder — include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/eating.htm
ANAD anad.org
Eating Disorders.com eating-disorders.com
EDAP edap.org
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/eatingdisorder.cfm

Father-Daughter Relationship Dr. Nielsen's web site provides fathers, daughters, therapists, & professors with research, statistics & specific, no-nonsense advice for strengthening father-daughter relationships. A psychologist, Dr. Nielsen for the past 10 years has taught the only college course in the country devoted exclusively to father-daughter relationships. The web site includes excerpts & reviews of her third book, Embracing Your Father: How to Build the Relationship You Want with Your Dad. Instead of blaming or criticizing fathers, Nielsen focuses on daughters' responsibilities for strengthening the relationship. www.wfu.edu/~nielsen or nielsen@wfu.edu

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorders consist of constant and exaggerated worrisome thoughts coupled with tension about everyday routine life events and activities, lasting at least six months. A person suffering from this disorder almost always anticipates the worst even though there is little reason to expect it. Other symptoms include physical indications, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea. About 2.8% of the U.S. population (4 million Americans) have GAD during a year's time.
ADAA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/gad/
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/gadmenu.cfm

Learning Disorders A learning disorder is an illness that affects people's ability to either interpret what they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the brain. Symptoms of learning disorders can show up in many ways-- specific difficulties with spoken and written language, coordination, self-control, or attention. Such difficulties extend to schoolwork and can impede learning to read or write, or to do math. Learning disabilities affect as many as 15 percent of otherwise able schoolchildren.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/ld.htm
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/ldmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/75.cfm

Obsessive-compulsive disorder People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions), which they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. About 2.3% of the U.S. population (3.3 million Americans) experiences OCD in a given year.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/ocd.htm
ADAA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/childrenadolescents/ocd/
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/ocdmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/33.cfm

Panic disorder Panic disorder is characterized by un-expected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal distress. About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given year.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/panic.htm
ADAA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/childrenadolescents/panicdisorder/
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/panicmenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/32.cfm

Post-traumatic stress disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. At least 3.6% of U.S. adults (5.2 million Americans) have PTSD during the course of a year.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/ptsd70.htm
ADAA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/childrenadolescents/ptsd/
NAMI www.nami.org/illness/index.html
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/anxiety/ptsd/ptsdfax.htm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/34.cfm

Sleeping Disorders There are several types of sleep disorders including insomnia, narcolepsy, and obstructive sleep apnea; which affects approximately 30 million Americans. Possible causes: An individuals vigorous lifestyle, stress, poor career performance, over eating, and sleeping disorders can be linked to depression.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/sleep.htm

Social phobia Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. About 3.7% of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - (5.3 million Americans) - has social phobia in any given year.
ADAA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/childrenadolescents/socialphobia/
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/socialphobiamenu.cfm

Specific phobia These common conditions are characterized by marked fear of specific objects or situations (DSM-IV). Exposure to the object of the phobia, either in real life or via imagination or video, invariably elicits intense anxiety, which may include a (situational bound) panic attack. Phobias afflict as many as 12 percent of all Americans.
ADA www.adaa.org/aboutanxietydisorders/childrenadolescents/specificphobia/
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/35.cfm

Suicide Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between the age 15 to 24 ….. ALL these deaths are preventable Every year, 30,000 Americans take their own lives in suicide. Every 15 minutes a suicide occurs in the United States. There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than due to HIV/AIDS. In 1996, more teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. Males are four times more likely to commit suicide than their female counterparts. Suicide has ranked among the10 leading causes of death since 1975. It is not, however, one of the 10 leading causes of death for women. Does that tell you something? For every two victims of homicide in the U.S. there are three deaths from suicide.
AACAP www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/suicide.htm
NIMH www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depsuicidemenu.cfm
NMHA www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/82.cfm
Save.org www.save.org/
SPAN www.spanusa.org
Suicidology www.suicidology.org/index.html
Yellow Ribbon www.yellowribbon.org/

Source: www.nostigma.org/mhlinks.hmtl   All bulleted information was cited from data collected by the National Mental Health Association and from Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

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