Hypochondria

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(Hypochondriasis)

Hypochondria – Definition

Hypochondria is a health anxiety disorder. It is often chronic, and a person with hypochondria is often very anxious about his health. A hypochondriac fears that a real or imagined minor physical symptom is a sign of serious illness. Even when several doctors assure her otherwise, a hypochondriac is convinced that she has a serious disease. Psychiatric counseling and medications can relieve some, if not all, of the anxiety and suffering. But left untreated, hypochondria can be debilitating and affect daily function.

Generalized anxiety disorder – GAD

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Generalized anxiety disorder – Definition

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder marked by chronic, exaggerated worrying and anxiety about everyday life. Everyone worries at times. But people with GAD can never relax and usually anticipate the worst. They often worry excessively about health, family, work, or money. The worry is so severe that it interferes with their ability to live their lives. The anxiety can also progress to the point where people “worry about worrying.” GAD usually starts in childhood or adolescence. But it can also start in early adulthood.

Dysthymia

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(Dysthymic Disorder)

Dysthymia – Definition

Dysthymia is similar to depression, but its symptoms are milder and it lasts longer — at least two years. People with dysthymia experience mild to moderate depression that may subside during periods of normal mood that last up to two months. Dysthymia can be treated with medications, so contact your doctor if you think you have this condition.

Drug abuse and Drug addiction

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(Drug Dependence)

Drug abuse and Drug addiction – Definition

Drug abuse is continued misuse of drugs even when faced with drug-related job, legal, health, or family difficulties.

Drug dependence is long-term, compulsive drug use. The person may attempt to stop using drugs, but repeatedly return to drug use despite physical, emotional, or social harm. Drug dependence also means that the body has begun to require the drug in higher doses to have the same effect and to avoid withdrawal symptoms.