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Your emotional wellbeing and behavior affects every aspect of your life—personal happiness, relationships, and even work. Maintaining your mental health requires resilience, mindfulness, and—perhaps most important—getting help when you need it.

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Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious mood disorder. It is much deeper than just feeling sad or depressed on a given day or week. It’s defined by continual sadness and loss of enjoyment in daily life. It is treated with therapy or a combination of therapy and medications.
Bipolar disorder is when people alternate between having an elevated mood (mania) and depression. It can be very disruptive to your life if untreated. Usually therapy and medications can reduce episodes and help people lead a healthy life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a syndrome that often develops after exposure to a traumatic experience. People with PTSD often feel uncontrollably angry, irritable, and on high alert. They have nightmares and intrusive memories about the traumatic event. Therapy and medications can help you recover.
An auditory hallucination is when you hear a voice, music, or other noise that other people do not hear. It is usually caused by a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia or dementia.
Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is a mood disorder of continuous feelings of low-level sadness over a long period of time. It is also known as dysthymia. It’s different from depression, and is treated with therapy and medications.
Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic mental disorder that is diagnosed when people are in their teens, 20s, or 30s. People with schizophrenia may have hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. They may have trouble with work, self-care, and relationships. Schizophrenia is not curable but is treatable with medication and therapy.
Depersonalization/derealization disorder is a type of dissociative disorder where you feel detached from your thoughts, feelings, body, sensations, or your surroundings. It’s often caused by a traumatic experience.
A depressive episode is when you feel very sad, have low energy, and lose interest in things you enjoy for at least two weeks. If you have more than one episode, see a mental health provider.
Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that features unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, and develops from many genetic and environmental factors.

The Causes of Aggression

Everyone becomes aggressive at times. However, in the setting of other physical symptoms or illness, aggressive tendencies can be representative of an illness.
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Is Stress Making You Sick? Learn the Symptoms & Ways to De-Stress

Feeling stressed? Learn the causes, symptoms, and ten easy ways to de-stress
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Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes an intense fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia severely restrict the food they eat, leading to extreme weight loss. Treatment includes talk therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy or a support group, and possibly medication.
Bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Behavior includes binging (overeating) and purging (getting rid of the calories). The goal of treatment is to learn to notice unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors while developing positive coping skills.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder, where people fixate on their appearance. They obsess over minor or unnoticeable flaws and may go to extreme lengths to hide them.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Diagnosis, Causes, & Treatment

Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that features unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, and develops from many genetic and environmental factors.
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Holiday Blues: How to Cope with Your Stress & Anxiety

This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of holiday blues. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, irritability, feelings of worry, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and sleep, appetite, or weight changes.
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