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Psychiatric Disorders

Psychiatric Disorders

A worldwide trend is the increasing number of patients in need for treatment of psychiatric disorders. Most psychiatric disorders can be treated with psycho-pharmacological medication and intensive psychotherapies. There are diverse factors contributing to the development of psychiatric disorders, such as genetics, traumatic experiences or the abuse of psychoactive substances.

Below you will find a complete psychiatric disorders list, but the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders are enlisted here:

  • Anxiety disorders, panic disorders
  • Social Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance dependence
  • ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit disorder)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Insomnia
  • Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Personality disorders

Warning Symptoms

The sudden onset of psychiatric disorders is very rare; they are rather progressively developing mental conditions with some common signs. It is best to be vigilant with our environment and be proactive when it comes to seeking treatment of psychiatric disorders. What are these warning symptoms?

  • Mood swings
  • Loss of interest in other people
  • Lack of motivation, problems with cognitive functions, memory, concentration
  • Apathy, indifference or over-irritation
  • Illogical thinking
  • Changed, uncharacteristic behavior patterns
  • Aggression
  • Delusions

Psychiatric Disorders in Children

The above mentioned psychiatric disorders occur with increasing frequency in children and adolescents. A recent survey has revealed that over 6% of American adolescents are participating in some kind of treatment of psychiatric disorders, especially in the use of psychiatric drugs. The most common psychiatric disorders in children include:

  • Depression
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Stuttering
  • Autism
  • Learning disorders such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia

Besides mental prescription drugs, the treatment of psychiatric disorders in children must be complemented with intensive talk therapy and counseling as understanding, open interaction may help the patient and also parents to solve the problems constructively. More and more parents are turning to alternative medicine including mindfulness meditation during the problematic periods.