Adult Mental Health Disorders : Nursing Course


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A condition where a sudden attack of fear and nervousness washes over the subject is called a

Panic Disorder

Rationale: Panic Disorder is a condition that is separate from a normal sense of fear or anxiety. Feeling tense in certain types of situations is normal. Feeling stressed in certain types of situations is normal. Panic Disorder can occur at any time with absolutely no trigger at all, and are generally a reoccurring condition. This irrational fear is out of proportion to any conceivable stimulus in the area and does not need to be as a result of a threatening agent. Panic disorders generally occur with other types of mental health conditions such as depression or physical dependencies such as alcoholism. The panic attack can last up to 10 minutes, including symptoms such as dyspnea, tachycardia, convulsions, nausea, numbness and tingling, diaphoresis, and an overwhelming sense of dread or death.


A constant, unchanging feeling of sadness and helplessness is known as

Depression

Rationale: Depression can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Sometimes when someone is feeling down, they say they are depressed. But to be considered clinically depressed, there are a number of factors that are taken into considerations. Major depression is a medical illness that makes the subject feel a constant, unchanging feeling of sadness and helplessness. This isn’t a condition that will just fade away. Some form of medicinal and psychological intervention will need to be adopted to help usher the patient into a healthier state of mind. Symptoms of clinical depression can include anything from sadness and irritability to regular thoughts of death and suicide. There may not necessarily be an impetus to the condition, but help is required to get the individual back on track.


A disorder that forces an individual to repeat the same thought or behavior is called

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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A disorder that results after at least one month following a traumatic event is called

Acute Stress Disorder

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A group of brain disorders that cause the individual to interpret reality in a false nature is called

Schizophrenia

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A physical need for a drug that causes the subject to enter a withdrawal is called

Dependence

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An eating disorder that is also known as binge eating is called

Bulimia Nervosa

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The acronym PTSD stands for

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The decreased awareness of an individual’s environment or thinking processes is known as

Delirium

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The illness known as manic-depressive disorder, is more commonly referred to as

Bipolar Disorder

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