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Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare disorder in which your immune system attacks certain blood proteins, creating clotting abnormalities that can cause stroke and pregnancy complications.

A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life.

Addison's disease

Addison's disease occurs when your adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of certain important hormones. Treatment may include taking corticosteroids.

Antidepressants and pregnancy

Some antidepressants might not be appropriate to take when you're pregnant. Understand the options for treating depression during pregnancy.

Antidepressants: Selecting one

Explore the decision-making process that may help you and your doctor find the best antidepressant for you.

Antidepressants: Side effects

Most antidepressant side effects aren't dangerous, but they can be bothersome. Here's what to do.

Atypical antidepressants

Atypical antidepressants may be prescribed on their own or added to other antidepressants to boost effectiveness or counter side effects.

Atypical depression

Do you have atypical depression?

Back pain

Back pain can come on gradually or suddenly. Most back pain responds to home treatment within a few weeks.

Binge-eating disorder

Binge-eating disorder can make your life miserable and damage your health. Explore treatment strategies to overcome this common eating disorder.

Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is distressing for both those who have it and those around them. With proper treatment, though, life can be more enjoyable.

Breast-feeding and medications

When you're breast-feeding, medications aren't necessarily off-limits — but caution is important. Get answers to common questions about breast-feeding and medications.

Caregiver depression

Caregivers are vulnerable to depression — but you can take active steps to prevent depression and feel your best. Consider these tips.

Celiac disease

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in certain foods. As a result, the body is unable to absorb some important nutrients.

Child abuse

If a child tells you he or she is being abused, take the situation seriously. Here's how to respond.

Complete blood count

A complete blood count can be used to evaluate your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

Compulsive sexual behavior

Concussion

Concussions can be serious injuries that need sufficient time to heal.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare cause of dementia that progresses rapidly once symptoms develop.

Cushing syndrome

Cushing syndrome is caused by an excess of the hormone cortisol, originating from your adrenal glands or from corticosteroid medications you're taking for another illness.

Cyclothymia

Cyclothymia may be a mild form of bipolar disorder, but your fluctuating moods can have serious consequences. Learn about treatment options.

Delirium

Delirium is a state of confused thinking and lack of awareness that often affects people with dementia, terminal illness or multiple serious medical problems.

Depression in women

Women are diagnosed with depression more often than men are. Discover what factors may contribute to that increased risk.

Depression, anxiety and exercise

Depression: Diagnosis is key

Depression: Offer support

When someone you care about has depression, your support can be a big help to them. Here's what you can do.

Depression: Provide support, encouragement

Dissociative disorders

People with dissociative disorders escape their reality in involuntary, unhealthy ways, ranging from suppressing memories to assuming alternate identities. Recovery is possible.

Drug addiction

Electroconvulsive therapy

When other treatments haven't worked, ECT may be an option. Set aside preconceived notions and learn about benefits and risks.

Empty nest syndrome

Does the house feel empty now that your last child has moved out? Here's help handling an empty nest.

Fatigue

Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.

Fibromyalgia

Fatigue and widespread pain are common with fibromyalgia, a condition affecting mainly women. Treatment often focuses on managing symptoms with medication and self-care.

Hangovers

Hangovers are the unwelcome result of drinking too much alcohol. However unpleasant, most hangovers go away on their own within eight to 24 hours.

Hashimoto's disease

Hashimoto's disease (chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) causes thyroid gland inflammation and often an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Treatment may involve thyroid hormone replacement medication.

Headache

Most headaches aren't caused by a serious illness, but some could be a sign of a life-threatening condition.

Hypothyroidism

Although low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) can leave you feeling tired and depressed, medications can help you live a normal life.

Insomnia

Sleepless nights? Insomnia includes difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep or going back to sleep after you awaken. Insomnia may be temporary or chronic.

Low blood pressure (hypotension)

Low blood pressure (hypotension) can be a sign of good health or of a life-threatening condition. Find out more about hypotension's causes and treatment options.

Male depression

Male depression may be hard to recognize and treat. See what's behind the problem and how men can learn healthy coping strategies.

Meditation

Stressed out? Try meditation. Learn easy, quick techniques that you can use at work, waiting in line or virtually anywhere.

Mediterranean diet recipes

Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.

Mental health

Curious about mental health? Discover what shapes the definitions of mental health and mental illness.

Mental health providers

Looking for a mental health provider but not sure where to start? Here are tips, questions to ask and issues to consider.

Mental health providers

Looking for a mental health provider but not sure where to start? Here are tips, questions to ask and issues to consider.

Migraine

A migraine isn't an ordinary headache. In addition to severe head pain, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transition stage between the cognitive changes of normal aging and dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.

Mindfulness exercises

What can mindfulness exercises do for you? Get the facts.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

These older antidepressants are effective, but require diet restrictions and cause side effects. Find out about the MAOI skin patch — it may cause fewer problems.

Nicotine dependence

Breaking your addiction to nicotine is difficult and takes commitment, support and time. But doing so can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

A child who has tantrums, argues, and is angry or disruptive may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Treatment can bring peace back to your household.

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is often fatal. Find out which new treatments offer hope.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, self-care of this life transition for women.

Pet therapy

Therapy animals can provide comfort during illness and help speed recovery.

Pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths in the pituitary gland in the brain. Most are noncancerous (benign). Some may cause overproduction of hormones and associated problems.

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, upper arms, hips and thighs.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can make you miserable in the days before your monthly period. Here's how to handle it — bloating, depression and all.

Prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially in teens. Tips on prevention and recognizing symptoms.

Progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy — a syndrome with many similarities to Parkinson's disease — has no effective treatment, but certain medications and self-care measures can help.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is one way to treat many mental illnesses. See how therapy is used and which type may be best for you.

Rebound headaches

Rebound headaches — Is your pain medication causing more headaches than it cures?

Schizoaffective disorder

People with schizoaffective disorder have certain symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs, a popular antidepressant type, can help you overcome depression. Discover how Prozac and other SSRIs boost mood and what side effects they may cause.

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

You may start depression treatment by taking one of these medications, or your doctor may prescribe an SNRI if other treatments haven't worked.

Sleep tips

Stress symptoms

Aches and pains, irritability, and crying spells may have an unexpected source — stress. Recognize these and other signs and symptoms so that you can take action.

Support groups

Facing a major life change or a serious illness? Don't go it alone. A support group can connect you with others in the same boat.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a form of brain stimulation, sometimes used when standard depression treatments haven't worked.

Traumatic brain injury

While mild traumatic brain injury generally results in few long-term problems, more severe injury can cause several physical, emotional, behavioral, communication and cognitive problems.

Treatment-resistant depression

If your depression continues despite standard treatment, it may feel like you're out of options. But there are still steps that may help.

Tricyclic antidepressants and tetracyclic antidepressants

Cyclic antidepressants can cause more side effects than other antidepressants do. But sometimes, they can be a good choice.

Vagus nerve stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation may be an option when traditional epilepsy treatment doesn't work.

Vascular dementia

Wilson's disease

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