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Psychiatry — 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.

  • Addiction

    Addiction occurs when a person is unable to stop a particular behavior despite its negative effects on his or her health and personal life. Addiction can be physical (such as ingesting a substance like drugs or alcohol) or behavioral (such as repeatedly performing an action like gambling or sex).
  • Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol. Alcohol dependence is a disease that develops when a person’s alcohol consumption causes physical or mental health problems, or interferes with responsibilities to friends, family and employers.
  • 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.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inhibits the ability to focus and control impulses. People with ADHD may also be overly active. Many call this condition attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that appears in early childhood and continues throughout a person’s life. Signs of ASD typically appear before age 3, but symptoms sometimes are not noticed until later.
  • 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.
  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which a person experiences powerful swings between periods of mania (feeling “up”) and depression (feeling “down”). Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, can occur in both children and adults.
  • 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
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. People with OCD have uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and try to control them by repeating certain behaviors (compulsions).
  • Panic disorder, also referred to as a panic attack, is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by sudden attacks of terror when there is no real threat of danger. A person may feel as if he or she is losing control.
  • Personality Disorders

    Personality disorders are unhealthy thought or behavior patterns that prevent normal social functioning over extended periods of time. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizotypal personality disorder.
  • Phobias

    Phobias are anxiety disorders that involve strong, irrational fear of things that are unlikely to cause any harm. Common phobias include agoraphobia (fear of public places) and social phobia (fear of social interaction).
  • 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.
  • Psychosis

    Psychosis is when a person can’t distinguish between reality and imagination. It may involve seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations) or false beliefs (delusions). It can be a sign of a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
  • Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric disorder. It causes a variety of problems that can prevent normal functioning. These symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and difficulty showing emotions or paying attention, among many others.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

    Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a mental disorder. People with social anxiety have an extreme fear of others’ criticism or judgment in social situations. Some people with social anxiety disorder experience this fear in all social situations. Others experience it in only certain situations (for example, when speaking in public).
  • 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.
  • Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is the overuse of alcohol, drugs or other harmful substances. It can lead to or result from addiction.
  • People who suffer from trichotillomania feel a compulsion to pull out their own hair.