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Behavioral Sciences — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person believes him- or herself to be overweight. People with anorexia restrict their food intake to lose more weight than is healthy for his or her age and height.
  • Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and apprehension over normal life stressors like beginning a new job or taking a test. When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can interfere with a person’s physical and mental health and is then referred to as an anxiety disorder.
  • Bereavement — the period of grief after someone dies or after a traumatic experience — is a normal reaction. People experience bereavement in many different ways, often with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional reactions.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder characterized by two things: 1) a preoccupation with one or more perceived flaws in appearance and 2) obsessive behaviors in an effort to alleviate the anxiety around that appearance concern, such as frequently checking the mirror or seeking reassurance from others.
  • Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person overeats (binges). This binge eating often creates a feeling of a loss of control. Bulimics will then take extreme measures to purge themselves of the food, such as vomiting or using diuretics or laxatives, to prevent weight gain and regain a sense of control.
  • Depression, a serious brain disorder, is more than just “feeling down” or “blue.” It’s a persistent problem that affects everyday life. Symptoms of depression include sadness, feelings of uselessness, loss of interest in activities, weight changes, loss of energy and suicidal thoughts.
  • Insomnia is a sleep disorder defined as the perception or complaint of not enough or poor-quality sleep
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through a dangerous or distressing event. The “fight or flight” reaction that’s normal at the time can linger long after the danger has passed.
  • Postpartum Depression

    Postpartum depression is depression that a woman experiences after childbirth. It should not be confused with the brief period of “baby blues” that many new mothers experience: Postpartum depression lasts longer and is more serious. Common symptoms include insomnia, frequent crying, thoughts of self-harm or harming the baby, and others.
  • Stress is the brain’s response to demands for change. Not only is stress unavoidable, it can also lead to life-saving actions (such as running away from dangerous situations). Chronic stress (stress that doesn’t go away), however, could seriously affect physical and mental health.