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Behavioral Health Conditions

Anxiety
It's normal to have some anxiety. But for a person with an anxiety disorder, the worry and fear does not go away. It interferes with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

There are several types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is marked by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some people with ADHD only have problems with one of the behaviors, while others have all three. This brain disorder is often diagnosed in children but is also a condition in adults.

Please note it is normal to have some inattention, unfocused motor activity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD have more severe forms of these behaviors, interfering with work, school, and social life.

BlueShield of Northeastern New York offers ADHD Management programs.

Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder. Children have symptoms causing impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled.

Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder causing unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. (This is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time.) Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe, resulting in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated. 

Depression
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a serious mood disorder, common in individuals. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities. Forms of depression include: persistent depressive disorder, perinatal depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and more.

BlueShield of Northeastern New York offers Depression Management programs.


Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are a mental disorder characterized by abnormal eating habits. Individuals with eating disorders can eat a large amount in a short period of time, eat very little or nothing at all, or binge and then try to get rid of the food physically. 


Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe brain disorder marked by abnormal social behavior. People may seem like they've lost touch with reality and, in severe cases, see or hear things that are not real. Symptoms usually start between the ages of 16 and 30, and are categorized as positive, negative, and cognitive.


Substance abuse
Substance abuse refers to the over usage of drugs, including alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, methaqualone, opioids, and amphetamines. Substance abuse is a serious issue, and affects hundreds of millions of Americans.

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