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.
Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.
Though it's called adult ADHD, symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.
Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Adult ADHD treatment includes medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy) and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD.
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. These attacks are intense periods of overwhelming fear or discomfort that typically reach their peak within minutes and are accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, and a sense of impending doom. People with panic disorder often live in constant fear of experiencing another panic attack and may avoid situations or places where they believe an attack is more likely to occur.
The exact cause of panic disorder is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and biological factors. Research suggests that imbalances in certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, play a role in the development of panic disorder. Additionally, traumatic experiences, major life transitions, and chronic stress can contribute to the onset of the disorder. Panic disorder can significantly impact a person's daily life, leading to disruptions in work, social activities, and relationships. However, effective treatments are available, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication, which can help individuals manage and alleviate symptoms, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives.
Our clinical studies for OCD are overseen by the FDA and aim to determine the effectiveness of investigational medications in volunteers with OCD. Eligible candidates will receive, at no cost, study-related evaluation, care and medication. Payment is available for those who qualify and participate. Studies vary, but typically require regular visits to the office over a 6-12 week period. All visits are conducted at our office in a comfortable and professional setting. Apply now to learn more and determine if one of our studies may be right for you.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.
GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms. This differentiates GAD from worry that may be specific to a set stressor or for a more limited period of time.
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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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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Panic disorder is a common mental health problem. It often starts in the teens or early adulthood, but may also begin in childhood. Women are twice as likely as men to have it. There may be a genetic link. It tends to run in families.
Panic disorder may be an overreaction of the body's normal survival instincts and behaviors. In people with panic disorder, the body may be more sensitive to hormones that trigger excited feelings in the body.
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