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  1. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - What Increases Your Risk

    Your child's risk of developing bipolar disorder or other mood disorders increases.

  2. Assessing PTSD - Topic Overview

    There is no medical test that can tell whether you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Your doctor will ask you questions to find out whether you have it,what traumatic event may have caused it,and how severe your symptoms are. Your doctor may ask about: The event that is causing your symptoms. Traumatic events in your past,including those that happened when you were a child. These ...

  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask Before Prescribing Medicine for Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    Antidepressant medicines often work well,but they do have some risks and side effects. Their use may increase the risk of suicide,especially in the first few weeks of use. If your child starts antidepressants,be sure to be aware of this risk and get help if you see any of the warning signs. Before prescribing medicine,your doctor will check your child for possible suicidal thoughts by ...

  4. PTSD and Panic Attacks - Topic Overview

    Feeling afraid is a common symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having intense fear that comes on suddenly could mean you're having a panic attack. This sudden fear may come without warning or without any obvious reason. Or a panic attack may happen when something reminds you of your trauma. During a panic attack,you may be afraid of dying or afraid of losing control of ...

  5. Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - Cause

    Learn about panic disorder and factors that cause it.

  6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Recovery

    'I'm a much more peaceful person now. I sleep so much better.' - Vietnam veteran Ron Shepard Recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) means finding your path to living a meaningful life. Recovery is not a cure. It helps you believe that you can reach your goals and learn new things to help yourself. It helps you gain self-confidence and respect for yourself. The 10 principles of ..

  7. Building Self-Esteem - Topic Overview

    Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. You may have high self-esteem-you believe you are a good person-or it may be low,and you question how "good" or "worthy" you are. Everyone has low self-esteem at times. It may happen when someone says something bad about you or questions how well you do something. But if you often feel bad about yourself,you may stop believing in yourself. You ...

  8. Sexual Abuse or Assault (Rape) - Home Treatment

    If you feel threatened, you must have a plan for dealing with a threatening situation. If a family member or someone else has threatened to harm you or your child, seek help.

  9. Physical Abuse - Check Your Symptoms

    Are you concerned about violent behavior in yourself, a family member, a friend, or a coworker? Check symptoms related to violent behavior here.

  10. Debbie's Story: People Can and Do Recover - Debbie's story

    Debbie's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Debbie,to protect her privacy. Debbie was raising four children,working 12-hour days,and doing all the cooking and housekeeping. "I was unhappy,crying,and my house was dirty. I'd try to cope by doing just a little bit more," Debbie says. "Needless to say,it unraveled." She healed through months of ...

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