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Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over another person. These are behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent people from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats, and intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of abuse can be going on at any one time.

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Symptoms of ADHD include an inability to pay attention, and difficulty following instructions. Also, people with Attention Deficit Disorder include having difficulty organizing things (e.g., a desk, closet, rooms), and frequently lose things like keys or school books. It may become difficult for a person to listen. Hyperactivity Disorder makes people have difficulty sitting still. Talking loudly or excessively while doing activities are other characteristics. They may find it difficult to wait patiently in lines or traffic, and feel restless.

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Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something. Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, for example, or motivate you to find solutions to problems. But excessive anger can cause problems. Increased blood pressure and other physical changes associated with anger make it difficult to think straight and harm people’s physical and mental health.

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Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders can have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.

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Bipolar I causes people to have at least one manic episode involving hypomania or major depressive episodes. Bipolar II causes people to have one major depressive episode lasting at least two weeks and one hypomanic episode lasting at least four days, but no manic episode. Symptoms of cyclothymic disorder involve having at least numerous periods of hypomania and depressive symptoms. Bipolar is characterized by irritability, inflated self-esteem, unusual talkativeness, racing thoughts, increased activity, doing things that are unusual that have painful consequences.

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BPD is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.

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Co-dependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also known as “relationship addiction” because people with codependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive. Co-dependent behavior is learned by watching and imitating other family members who display this type of behavior.

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Helplessness, grouchiness, and anxiety are characteristics of depression. People with depression frequently do not get enough sleep, or sleep excessively. Favorite hobbies or interests may seem unappealing. Other symptoms include difficulty paying attention, and eating too much or too little. Sometimes people with depression may have thoughts of suicide.

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Guilt and shame make people feel that they have done something morally wrong. They may feel worthless, and/or suffer from a low self-esteem. Do you feel powerless, or exposed?

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It is a condition in childhood that results in irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts. DMDD symptoms go beyond a being a “moody” child—children with DMDD experience severe impairment that requires clinical attention. DMDD symptoms typically begin before the age of 10, but the diagnosis is not given to children under 6 or adolescents over 18.

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Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape constitute an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

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OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up at least an hour a day – but usually longer – and cause significant distress. Obsessions can be thoughts, impulses, or images that are intrusive, unwanted and disturbing. People suffering from OCD experience disruption in daily life. Individuals who have OCD feel compelled to perform repetitive actions called compulsions, or rituals, in an attempt to relieve the distress caused by the obsessions.

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PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or where people feel threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, such as terrorist attacks, motor vehicle accidents, rape, physical and sexual abuse, and other crimes, or military combat.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.

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