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SSRIs

SSRIs (SSRI Medications)

Also called: SSRI Medications, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRI Drugs Summary Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular form of antidepressant medication that is widely used as a first-choice treatment for depression. SSRIs are as effective as other antidepressants, but often have fewer side effects. Many SSRIS are also less dangerous if accidentally taken at overdose …

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Mood Stabilizers

Mood Stabilizers – What you need to know

Also called: Mood Stabilizer Medication, Mood Stabilizer Drug Summary Mood stabilizers are medications used primarily to treat bipolar disorder, a condition in which a patient experiences extreme mood swings. Mood stabilizers are effective in reducing these swings when symptoms are occurring and in preventing new episodes. It appears bipolar disorder occurs when there are too …

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MAOIs

MAOIs – Types, Side Effects, and More

Also called: MAO Inhibitors, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, MAOI Drugs Summary Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) were the first class of antidepressant to be introduced. Today, these drugs are still used, but much less frequently than in the past due to their potential to cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure (hypertensive crisis) when taken with certain types …

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Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants Drugs Side Effects and More

Also called: Anticonvulsant Drugs, Anticonvulsant Medications Summary Anticonvulsants are a class of drugs primarily used to treat seizures. However, these medications may also be used to treat mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder and some personality disorders. Two anticonvulsants in particular – carbamazepine and divalproex – have been shown to be effective in treating mental …

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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: Cluster C Personality Disorders, Cluster A Personality Disorders, Cluster B Personality Disorders Summary Personality disorders are conditions in which a person struggles to deal with other people and acts in a manner that is inflexible and not well-suited to coping with the demands and changes of life. Personality disorders typically begin during adolescence …

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passive aggressive

Passive Aggressive – Signs and symptoms of passive aggression

Also called: Passive Aggressive Behavior, Passive Aggression, Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder Summary Passive-aggressive behavior occurs when a person passively requests and/or demands made of them rather than directly confronting the situation. People who are passive-aggressive resist responsibility and may channel their resentment into behavior such as procrastination, inefficiency or forgetfulness. These behaviors allow individuals to …

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borderline personality disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Summary Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition that causes patients to have periods of unstable emotions that can seriously affect their quality of life. Patients with BPD have great difficulty controlling their emotions and impulses, and may experience frequent mood swings. As a result, patients tend to have unstable relationships and are distressed by …

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Paraphilias

Paraphilias – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: Abnormal Sexual Behaviors, Perverse Sexual Behaviors, Deviant Sexual Behaviors, Deviant Sexual Arousal Summary Paraphilias are abnormal sexual urges, fantasies or behaviors that are recurrent and intense. They usually first occur in adolescence and last a lifetime. They may occur at any time or just recur periodically, especially during periods of stress. Sexual arousal …

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Kleptomania

Kleptomania – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Summary Kleptomania is an impulse control disorder. People with kleptomania experience irresistible impulses or urges to steal. Stealing without regard for the value of an object and taking unnecessary items are features of the disorder. Prior to stealing, patients feel increasing anxiety until the impulse to steal becomes overwhelming. After stealing, they feel relief and …

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Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: Gambling Problem, Pathological Gambling, Compulsive Gambling Summary Many people who gamble never develop a problem with the behavior. Some, however, engage in uncontrolled gambling that can lead to serious personal, vocational and financial consequences. This condition is also known as gambling addiction, compulsive gambling or pathological gambling. Signs of gambling addiction include a …

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