Q: What is depression?
A: Depression goes beyond sadness. It is profound sadness that lasts longer than a few weeks. An individual suffering from depression may have trouble sleeping, or may sleep too much. Most depressed people find it difficult to complete tasks required of them either at work, school, or home. They may lose their appetite, or overeat in an attempt to comfort themselves.
Q: What is PTSD?
A: PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a mental disorder that sometimes develops in persons who have experienced a traumatic event, such as military combat, or have been the victim of sexual assault. Symptoms can include anxiety, nightmares, depression, anger, daytime flashbacks, and paranoia. Counseling can help a person suffering with PTSD to resolve the past experience and move on with their life in the present.
Q: What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. It is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Some common symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts; an aversion to particular numbers; etc.