Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, explains the importance of participating in clinical trials and encourages the public to consider joining, especially those who are underrepresented in clinical trials.
It's normal to feel nervous in some social situations. For example, going on a date or giving a presentation may cause that feeling of butterflies in your stomach. But in social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, everyday interactions cause significant anxiety, self-consciousness and embarrassment because you fear being scrutinized or judged negatively by others.
In social anxiety disorder, fear and anxiety lead to avoidance that can disrupt your life. Severe stress can affect your relationships, daily routines, work, school or other activities.
Social anxiety disorder can be a chronic mental health condition, but learning coping skills in psychotherapy and taking medications can help you gain confidence and improve your ability to interact with others
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD or clinical depression) is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and/or loss of interest. Symptoms also can include fatigue, impaired concentration, sleep disturbance, appetite changes, feelings of guilt or hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide. A Major Depressive episode affects how you feel, think and behave and may impair your ability to do normal day-to-day activities. Major Depression is not a weakness and you can't simply will yourself out of it. Rather, it is a medical condition for which treatment and help is available.
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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, assault or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. Symptoms can include withdrawal, irritability, depression, unwanted memories of the event, sleep disturbance and fear.
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Fibromyalgia is a neurological condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It is thought that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals.
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Alzheimer's Disease is a specific form of memory loss that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.
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A migraine headache is a specific type of headache which can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.
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