Important Distinctions Between OCD and ADHD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two well-known conditions that can significantly alter normal mental function in affected individuals. While the two conditions are distinct, they can produce symptoms that strongly resemble each other in a variety of ways. For this reason, doctors sometimes mistake OCD for ADHD—or vice versa—when making their…

The Most Common Phobias

Phobias are a kind of anxiety disorder triggered by a specific situation or physical thing. The fear and anxiety that results from contact with a phobia is severe, and may lead sufferers to go to great lengths to avoid their phobias. When people are unable to avoid regular contact with their phobias, it may greatly…

Overprescription of Xanax

Xanax is a common commercial form of alprazolam, a sedative medication that belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Like other drugs in this class, it achieves its calming effects by altering the way your body uses a naturally occurring chemical known as GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid). Xanax is the most frequently prescribed mental…

Coping with Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear or anxiety that is accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, nausea, or dizziness. Panic attacks reach their peak within ten minutes, but they can last hours in extreme cases. Recurrent panic attacks may be associated with psychological conditions such as panic disorder or…