Bulimia: Overuse of Laxatives - Topic Overview
People who have bulimia nervosa often overuse laxatives to get rid of food eaten during a binge eating episode. Laxatives speed up the passage of stool through the body by irritating the lining of the intestines. Laxatives do not reduce the number of calories the body absorbs from food. However,laxatives may cause a person to lose weight because they increase the amount of water eliminated ...
Depression in Older Adults - Topic Overview
What is depression in older adults? Depression is an illness that causes you to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It is different from normal feelings of sadness,grief,or low energy. Some people think that depression is normal with age. But it's not. Older adults may go through major life changes or challenges that trigger depression. Such things as losing a spouse,living with a ...
Grief and PTSD - Why Victims Stay
People who are not abused might find it difficult to understand why anyone would stay in a violent relationship. Women victims are often blamed and labeled as weak and needy. Some people believe that if a person stays in an abusive relationship, she or he must somehow like it or need to be beaten to feel worthy. This is not true of victims of domestic violence.The issue is more complex than ...
Grief and PTSD - Health Tools
Actionset health tool on posttraumatic stress disorder.
Schizophrenia - Topic Overview
What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is an illness that harms how your brain works and how you think. It affects each person in a different way,both on a daily basis and over a lifetime. How society and the people you come in contact with react to schizophrenia also can make a difference in how schizophrenia affects you. They may make it easier or harder for you to cope with the illness. ...
Grief and PTSD - Frequently Asked Questions
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Ways To Reduce Stress - Home Treatment
Taking care of yourself every day is important in dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This includes taking your medications as directed every day and doing any homework your therapist gives you to do at home, such as self - directed exposu
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for Depression in Children and Teens
Drug details for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for childhood and adolescent depression.
Depression in Older Adults - Prevention
Life is full of changes. Everyday events and our reactions to them sometimes interfere with our sense of well-being and peace of mind. While it is common to get the "blues" or to feel sad occasionally, you may be able to prevent feelings of depression.
Fear and Anger in PTSD - Topic Overview
After a traumatic event,you may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may not feel close to people,or you may feel on edge. Your friends and family may tell you that you don't seem the same. You may feel angry. Anger is a normal response to a traumatic event. Anger gives you the energy to act quickly and help yourself or others. You body goes into a "survival" mode. After ...