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Affective (Mood) Disorders

  • Bipolar Disorder: Topic Page
    Formerly manic-depressive disorder or manic-depression, severe mental disorder involving manic episodes that are usually accompanied by episodes of depression.
  • Depression: Topic Page
    Depression is commonly used as a definition of an emotion like despondency, dejection or gloom.
  • Dysthymia
    From Encyclopedia of Women's Health
    Dysthymic disorder is a chronic mood disorder characterized by depressed mood (extreme irritability in children and teenagers) almost every day for most of the day for at least 2 years in adults and 1 year for children and teenagers.
  • Postpartum Depression: Topic Page
    Summary Article: Postpartum Depression from The International Encyclopedia of Depression
    Shortly after the birth of a child, many women experience a period of dysphoria known as postpartum blues. It has been estimated that up to 80% of postpartum women experience symptoms of negative mood and affect that sharply contrast with expectations of feeling happy and a sense of accomplishment. These feelings usually remit without intervention. Postpartum depression, however, is a more serious and less common condition that threatens a mother’s emotional and physical health, and the health of her infant.
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    Any of various symptoms experienced by women of childbearing age in the days immediately preceding menstruation. It is most common in women in their twenties and thirties.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Topic Page
    Recurrent fall or winter depression characterized by excessive sleeping, social withdrawal, depression, overeating, and pronounced weight gain.

Compulsive Disorders

  • Anorexia: Topic Page
    Lack of desire to eat, or refusal to eat, especially the pathological condition of anorexia nervosa, most often found in adolescent girls and young women.
  • Coprolalia
    From Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults
    Coprolalia is a condition characterized by an irresistible urge to utter obscene words and phrases and uncontrollable performance of obscene gestures (Singer, 1997), which are frequently observed together.
  • Eating Disorders: Topic Page
    The eating disorders are characterised by overvalued beliefs about the importance of body weight and shape.
  • Echolalia
    From Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults
    Echolalia is a strong, almost mandatory, tendency to repeat spontaneously what has been said by another person (Benson & Ardila, 1996).
  • Gambling: Topic Page
    The wagering of either money or material goods of value on the outcome of a chance happening, such as roulette or dice-throwing, or where an element of skill can be used to judge the likelihood of an outcome, such as in horse racing or football.
  • Obesity: Topic Page
    Condition resulting from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% above what is considered normal.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Topic Page
    Obsessions and compulsions are fairly common mental phenomena that most people have experienced, but they can become severe enough to interfere with one's functioning.
  • Tourette's Syndrome
    From Webster's New World™ Medical Dictionary
    A genetic disorder that is characterized by the presence of chronic vocal and motor tics. The tics usually become evident between the ages of 6 and 18. The tics may be minor or debilitating.

Developmental Disorders

  • Autism: Topic Page
    One of a spectrum of disorders defined by problems with communication, imagination, and social interaction. The symptoms may be present from birth or may develop in early childhood, around the third year.
  • Developmental Disabilities
    From Encyclopedia of Special Education
    A term representing an umbrella category referring to a diverse group of physical, cognitive, psychological, sensory, and speech impairments that begin anytime during an individual’s development up to 22 years of age.
  • Dyslexia
    From Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development
    Although the majority of children learn to read without difficulty, a substantial minority (between 4 and 10 percent) have significant problems.
  • Learning Disabilities
    From Encyclopedia of Special Education
    Children and adults classified as learning disabled (LD) are those individuals who are of normal intelligence but suffer mental information processing difficulties.
  • Selective Mutism
    From Encyclopedia of Special Education
    Selective mutism is a psychological disorder of childhood characterized by total and persistent lack of speech in at least one specific environment (such as the classroom), despite the presence of normal speech in other environments.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Topic Page
    (ADHD), formerly called hyperkinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by any or all of three types of behavior: hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity.
  • Cerebral Palsy: Topic Page
    Disability caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular control and coordination.
  • Childhood Obesity: Topic Page
    Condition resulting from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% above what is considered normal according to standard age, height, and weight tables, or by a complex formula known as the body mass index.
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