Resources and help for those dealing with abandonment, insecurity and self-doubt - the issues that face those who are abandoned.
ABO Incompatibility (also known as Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn) is the result of an immune system reaction that occurs when blood from two different - and incomparable - types of blood are mixed together.
Educational information on the post-abortion experience in relation to trauma and stress after the procedure. Resources and support for abortion recovery.
Information and resources for those seeking to end a pregnancy, as well as support for those who have gotten an abortion.
Information on identifying types of abuse and resources for seeking help, as well as support from a community of bloggers.
Achondroplasia, is a genetic disorder of bone growth that causes dwarfism, and is in a group of disorders called chondrodystrophies or osteochondrodysplasias. Read on to learn more about Achondroplasia.
An acyanotic heart defect is a congenital heart defect that does not usually interfere with the amount of blood oxygen that reaches the tissues of the body. Read more about the types of acyanotic heart defects, treatments of acyanotic heart defects, and management of acyanotic heart defects.
Resources, information about, and support for individuals and families affected by addiction and substance abuse.
Learn about the cause and symptoms of Addison's Disease, an illness resulting from damage to the adrenal glands. Find resources and support.
Adjustment Disorder (also known as Situational Depression) is a stress-borne type of mental illness that involves the development of extreme emotional or behavioral symptoms brought on by major life events.
Learn about the different types of adoption, the process of adopting a child, and find websites and agencies that aid adoptive families.
Adrenal Cancer is cancer that has spread from another part of the body to the adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are small triangular glands that rest above the kidneys and produce several hormones that help regulate kidney function.
Information about adoption from the perspective of the adult adoptee. Find online resources for additional information and get support.
Bullying impacts adults as much as it does kids. Learn how to handle an adult bully if you or someone you know is being bullied. Understand who a bully is and how you know if you are being bullied.
The death of an adult child brings forth many complex emotions. Find resources and get support for dealing with grief and loss.
Adult children of alcoholics grow in a dysfunctional, isolated, alcoholic family system. Get information and resources for overcoming alcoholism's affects.
Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents face much abuse at the hands of their Narcissistic Parents. Read on to learn how Narcissistic Parents harm their children and how to heal from the abuse of a Narcissistic Parent.
What happens to the children of those with a mental illness? This is a resource page with information for the adult children of those with mental illness.
The challenges that face adults who were sexually abused as children are many. Read more to learn about the effects of child sexual abuse, coping with child sexual abuse, and healing from childhood sexual abuse.
An advanced directive is a legal document that informs your medical care professional what decisions you would like made on your behalf should you not be able to make those medical decisions on your own. Examples of advanced directives include living wills, power of attorneys, do not resuscitate orders, and allow natural death orders. Read more about advanced directives.
A senior is someone who is at the end stages of his or her life. Learn more about aging well, coping with life stresses, and enjoying your golden years.
Agoraphobia is anxiety about - or avoidance of - places or situations from which escape may be difficult or embarrassing or in which help may not be available in the event a panic attack or panic-like symptoms.
Parenting the teen years can feel incredibly daunting - the changes between puberty and the independence of teenagers can leave a parent terrified. Let's explore surviving the teen years. Together.
Information on identifying symptoms of alcoholism and alcohol dependence, as well as support and resources for individuals, family and friends.
An allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to something that is typically harmless to the average person. Read more to learn about allergies and allergic reactions.
Resources and information regarding the auto-immune syndrome called Alopecia Areata as well as living with AA from Band Back Together.
Information and resources about Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) for patients, caregivers, and loved ones.
Alzheimer’s is largely a genetic disease that is passed on by a defective gene, but can be related to environmental factors as well.
Amniotic Band Syndrome is a fetal condition in which break-away strands of the amniotic sac entangle parts of the fetus.
An amputation is the removal of a diseased or injured body part, like an arm, leg, hand, toe, or finger. Read more about causes for amputation, types of amputations, and use of prosthetic devices following an amputation.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurological disease that attacks the neurons - nerve cells - that control the voluntary muscles. Read more and learn about ALS.
Anencephaly is a neural tube defect caused by the improper closure of the embryonic neural tube during the third or fourth week of pregnancy
Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a rare genetic disorder causing developmental disabilities as well as neurological problems. Read on to learn more about Angelman Syndrome.
Information on healthy versus unhealthy amounts and displays of anger, as well as helpful resources for anger management.
Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie or tongue-tied, is a condition that 3-4% of infants are born with in which the bottom of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissues called lingual frenulum. This makes it difficult for the infant or child to move the tongue.
Anorexia Nervosa (often simply called anorexia) is a mental illness and eating disorder in which the sufferer has an extreme preoccupation with food and body image.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a mental health disorder in which a person has a long-standing pattern of exploiting, manipulating, or violating the rights of others.
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for anxiety disorder, get support, and find additional resources for the mental illness.
Aphasia is a language disorder that is developed due to brain damage, most often the result of a stroke, or accident in which the brain was affected. People who have aphasia may struggle with understanding when others speak, verbalizing their own words, and have a hard time with reading and writing.
Learn about the symptoms and treatment for arthritis, a chronic pain condition affecting the joints. Find resources and information.
Mild to severe scarring of the uterus can cause painful and long-lasting complications, including infertility. Read more about Asherman's Syndrome here.
Find out more information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Asperger's Syndrome, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum.
Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the airways that causes the airways to narrow, swell, and produce mucus.
Resources and support for those touched by Attachment or Reactive Attachment Disorder.
ADHD (also known as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by excessive restlessness, inattention, distraction, and impulsive nature that interferes with the person's daily life, and their ability to function in everyday activities.
Autism is a range of complex neurological conditions marked by communication disorders, social impairments, and repetitive behaviors. Read on to learn more about autism and autistic spectrum disorders.
Autoimmune Disorders are a group of over 80 types of conditions in which when the body's immune system inappropriately identifies and targets healthy body substances and tissues. Read on to learn more about autoimmune diseases, symptoms, and causes.
Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to the bones is cut off. Read more to learn about symptoms, treatment, causes and risks for avascular necrosis.
Avoidant Personality Disorder, also known as Anxious Personality Disorder, is a pervasive pattern of behavior of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, intense sensitivity to negative comments and avoidance of social interaction.
Baby loss is devastating. Resources and support for processing grief after the loss of a baby.
Pathogenic bacteria can contribute to many worldwide diseases, including tuberculosis, cholera, anthrax, leporacy, the bubonic plague, pneumonia, and food-borne illnesses.
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Biliary Atresia is a congenital defect involving the liver and gallbladder that is caused when the duct that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder becomes blocked.
Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar I and Bipolar II Disorder) are mood disorders combines manic and depression. Read more to learn about the symptoms of mania and depression as well as how to cope with bipolar disorder.
Major birth defects are congenital conditions present at birth that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body.
Birth injury is damage sustained during the birthing process, typically occurring while the infant passes through the birth canal. Read on to find more information about birth injuries.
Births can be a traumatic experience to mothers and/or fathers and may result in PTSD. Find out more about symptoms, treatment and resources.
Resources, information, and support for blended or joined families.
Information about Blogger Body Calendar and Band Back Together's 2013 I Am The Face Of...project.
Blood is the liquid life source that caries nutrients and waste through the body, as well as fights infections and assists in healing wounds. Blood cannot be manufactured, and therefore when the body is lacking enough blood for survival, a blood transfusion is required. A blood transfusion solely relies on volunteer blood donations from someone like you.
Body acceptance is one of the most challenging things we will ever have to do with ourselves. Learn more about how to accept your body and combat negative self-image.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (also known as BDD) is a preoccupation with some imagined defect in appearance in a normal-appearing person or excessive concern over a slight physical defect.
A person's body image is tied to their mental health and wellness; learn more about managing self image and find out the risks of a negative self image.
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A Bone Tumor is an abnormal mass of cells growing within the bone that may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Primary bone cancer is cancer that originates within the bone, and secondary bone cancer is cancer that has spread from another source into the bone. Read more to learn about bone cancer.
Information on Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms, treatment, and support resources.
Bottle (formula) feeding is a type of baby feeding that involves using a bottle and plastic nipple to feed an infant. Read on to learn more about bottle feeding an infant.
Brachial Plexus Injury is a common injury during a difficult birth. Find out more about the symptoms, risks and treatment here.
Brain cancer is caused by abnormal growths of cells in the brain. Read on to learn more about primary brain tumors and metastatic brain tumors.
Information about the types and causes of brain injury.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, behind lung cancer.
Breastfeeding is the act of feeding a baby or small child with breast milk using milk from the breasts of a lactating female. Read on to learn breastfeeding tips, tricks, and suggestions.
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Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight.
Bullying is a serious problem affecting thousands of people in many different forms. Find resources and get support for dealing with the abuse.
Learn more about cancer types and terminology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and find resources and support for facing cancer.
A cardiac arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rate in which the heart beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Read more to learn the types of cardiac arrhythmias, treatment, prognosis and outcomes for cardiac arrhythmias.
Providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one is particularly challenging and demanding. The rates for caregiver burnout are high.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is pressure on the median nerve that leads to feelings of numbness, tingling, weakness or muscle damage in the hands and fingers. Read more to learn about carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is a digestive disorder that is triggered by eating the protein gluten. Gluten is the name of a protein found in specific grains that are harmful to people with Celiac disease and is found in all forms of wheat and related grains (rye, barley, semolina, faro).
Cellulitis is a common - yet serious - type of non-necrotizing bacterial infection of the skin and the soft tissues below the skin.
Cerebral Palsy (often called CP for short) is a non-specific term applied to disorders characterized by early onset and impaired movement and posture. CP is a nonprogressive disorder and may be accompanied by perceptual problems, intellectual difficulties, and language difficulties. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by many things and the clinical features are variable.
Cervical cancer is a slow-growing cancer in women. Find out more about symptoms, causes and treatments here on our resource page.
Cervical Dysplasia is the appearance of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, and is detected by pap smears. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment here on our resource page.
Get information and resources for cesarean (surgical) birth, including why and how c-sections are performed and what healing will entail.
Chiari Malformation is a condition where the cerebellum squeezes out into the spinal canal. Read information and get resources pertaining to the condition.
Child abuse is an act by a parent or caretaker that results or allows a child to be subjected to emotional harm, physical injury, sexual assault, or death.
Child grooming is the tactic of befriending a child and using that trust to manipulate the child into sexual activity or other exploitative purpose.
Bullying impacts all of us deeply. Read more about childhood bullying, how to help a bullied child, and what to do if your child is a bully.
Fear impacts people of all ages. How do children cope with fear, anxiety, and phobia?
Losing a child is devastating and many people do not know how to handle the grief. Find resources and get support.
Child neglect is a form of maltreatment of children in which the caregiver fails to meet a child's physical, emotional, educational, or medical needs.
Child pornography is taking pictures of children, that are in a vulnerable or exploited position.
Child Protective Services (CPS) is a government agency, also known as the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or Department of Social Services (DSS), built to protect children who are believed to be abused or neglected by their parents or guardians.
Incest is a form of sexual abuse that is exacted by caregivers and family members. Learn more about the unique effects on victims of incest and find resources.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by fatigue that is not improved by sleep or rest and can be aggravated by physical activity.
Chronic Illness comes in many different forms. Find out more information about chronic illness and get resources to help with coping.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is in reference to several diseases causing damage to the lungs, therefore making it increasingly difficult to breathe. Read on to learn more about COPD.
Chronic Pediatric Illness can seriously impact a child's life and the family dynamic. Each child and family handles a chronic condition differently.
Cirrhosis of the liver is caused by scar tissue forming due to an injury or long-term disease within the liver. Read more to learn more about what causes and how to slow the cirrhosis process.
A cleft palate is a birth defect that impacts the nasal and oral cavities. Learn about the complications associated with this condition and find resources.
Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA) is a cyanotic congenital heart defect in which the aorta - a major blood vessel - is narrowed, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood through the body. Read more about this cyanotic congenital heart defect.
Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant that is often abused. Read more to learn about the types of cocaine, the usage of cocaine, the ways cocaine affects the brain, and treatment for cocaine addiction.
Codependency, or "relationship addiction," started as a way to define the relationship of people who lived with alcoholics or substance abusers but now includes those not in a healthy, mutually satisfactory relationship.
Cognitive Distortions are exaggerated and irrational thoughts. Eliminating these cognitive distortions can discourage things like chronic depression, self-loathing and anxiety.
Colic is defined as an infant who is otherwise well-fed and happy but extremely fussy for more than three hours a day, three days each week for more than three weeks. Read more to learn the signs, symptoms and help for colicky babies (and their stressed parents!)
Colorectal cancer is cancer that originates in the colon or rectum. Learn more about colorectal cancer symptoms, treatment and staging.
An explanation of what a coma is, including causes, diagnoses, and treatment options.
Compassion is the virtue of empathy - not sympathy - for the suffering and plight of others. Read more to learn how to practice compassion as well as tips for learning about compassion.
Alternative Medicine refers to the practice of using natural or noninvasive treatments for illnesses that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Read on to learn more about Alternative Medicine.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is caused by a misfiring of nerves, usually related to another health condition. Find out more about the symptoms and treatment here on our resource page.
Compulsive eating (also called food addiction) is the compulsive need for and use of food; the state of being enslaved to food. Like other addictions, it is characterized by the obsession and compulsion of thinking and behavior associated with food.
Lying is a normal part of life; however, sometimes it becomes a problem in a person's relationships. This page looks at the types of liars and the motivations for lying.
Compulsive shopping and spending is a pattern of chronic and repetitive purchasing that becomes challenging to stop, and leads to harmful complications. Learn more about shopping addiction, recovery and compulsive debtors.
Conduct disorder results in children violating rules and behaving in a manner that does not conform with socially acceptable standards.
Facts about Congenital Heart Defects, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and support services.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a weakening of the heart brought about by an underlying heart or blood vessel defect or combination of problems.
Conversion Disorder is the manifestation of physical pain due to mental and psychological trauma. Find out more on treatment, diagnosis and symptoms here.
Learn about symptoms of risk factors associated with coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack or heart failure. Find information and support.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (also known as CJD) is a degenerative, rare, incurable and always fatal disorder of the brain. Read more about CJD, symptoms, risk factors, and managing this fatal disease.
Crohn's Disease is a condition in which the immune system targets the intestinal tissue because it cannot tell the difference between body tissues and foreign tissues.
Cushing’s Syndrome (also known as Hypercortisolism) is an over exposure to the hormone cortisol over a long period of time.
A cyanotic heart defect (also called right-to-left cardiac shunt and right-to-left circulatory shunt) is a group of congenital heart defects that result in low blood oxygen levels. Read more about cyanotic heart defects.
Cyberbullying is a type of bullying online where one teen targets another. Cyber bullies harass, shame, and embarrass other kids on the internet and text.
Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet, email, or other electronic communication devices to stalk another person. Cyberstalking is illegal.
Cyclical Astley Disease, or CAD, is a disease that is a full commitment. Once the virus has entered the body, it is incurable, and individuals often believe that it is never gonna give you up.
A resource page about depression related to Cyclothymia, including a description of symptoms, treatment options, and resources.
Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease that causes the body to produce a thick mucus that impedes lung function, often leads to dangerous lung infections, interferes with pancreatic function, and obstructs natural digestive processes.
Date rape, also known as acquaintance rape, is a sexual assault - or attempted sexual assault - committed by someone the sexual assault victim knows. Read on to learn more about date rape.
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a life-altering condition linked to Cancers and hypercoagulability. Find out more about symptoms, treatment and diagnosis on our resource page.
Delusional disorder is characterized by non-bizarre delusions. Read here to find out more about delusional disorder, the diagnostic criteria, and treatment options.
Dementia is brain dysfunction caused by many medical problems. People with dementia can't process information resulting in loss of functioning.
Dependent Personality Disorder (also known as DPD or asthenic personality disorder) is characterized by a long-standing need to be cared for - and fear of being abandoned by - important individuals.
Depersonalization disorder is a type of dissociative disorder where an individual temporarily loses a sense of self, both physically and mentally.
Depressive disorders can impact all portions of a person's life. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and get resources.
Dermatillomania is a condition of compulsive skin picking associated with OCD, anxiety and depression. Dermatillomania is treatable.
Dermatographia is a skin condition in which friction, or even the slightest scratch on the skin surface, can cause raised irritated marks. The name dermatographia stems from dermat (skin) and graphia (writing an image).
All children develop skills differently, however there are some general guidelines to look for with your child's development. Read on to learn about normal child development.
Diabetes is a group of chronic metabolic diseases that cause the body difficulties processing glucose in the blood. Learn about symptoms and find resources.
Amnesia is the inability to recall important information, and other memory problems. Dissociative Amnesia describes mental recall problems related to trauma. Find out more information here.
Dissociative disorders alter the mental functioning and limit the awareness, emotions, memory, or consciousness. Get more information and find resources.
Resources, information, and support for those who are dealing with dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder.
Diverticula are bulging pouches that form along your digestive tract on the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and most commonly in the large intestine. When these pouches become enlarged or inflamed, this leads to diverticulitis.
While divorce is a fairly common occurrence, it is almost never easy. Get tips on where to turn for resources and support in dealing with divorce.
Resource page describing types of domestic violence, signs of abuse, plus resources and information on programs that can help.
Learn more about Down Syndrome, a chromosomal condition that affects physical characteristics and cognitive functioning.
Dysautonomia is a term used to describe a number of conditions in which the autonomic nervous system (ANS) of the body malfunctions. Learn more about primary and secondary causes of dysautonomia as well as treatment options and prognosis.
Dyscalculia is an umbrella term for lifelong math learning disabilities. The severity and specific challenges of dyscalculia vary from person to person. There are two main areas of weakness that contribute to dyscalculia: visual processing (understanding what the eye sees) and language processing (understanding what the ear hears).
Dysgraphia is a neurologically based lifelong learning disability which affects written expression such as forming letters or spelling words correctly. Read more about Dysgraphia.
Dyspareunia describes pain during intercourse that is not caused by the activity or lubrication issues. Get more information and find resources.
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a symptom most people have experienced at some point in their lives, although dysphagia is more common among older adults. Learn more about types of dysphagia, prevention of dysphagia, symptoms and treatment of dysphagia.
Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor coordination in adults and children. Read more about dyspraxia and the symptoms.
Dysthymia is a form of depression in which a person's mood is chronically low, though symptoms are not as severe as Major Depressive Disorder.
Eating Disorder NOS is diagnosed when an individual demonstrates feelings or behaviors in conjunction with feeding or eating problems, but does not demonstrate the full symptoms of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
Eating disorders are serious conditions in which sufferers become preoccupied with food and weight. Learn about symptoms and treatment, find resources.
Ebstein's Anomaly is a rare congenital heart defect in which parts of the tricuspid valve of the heart are abnormal. Read more about Ebstein's Anomaly and cyanotic heart defects here.
Find out more about economic/financial abuse and the impacts it can have on a person's life and ability to live independently from their abuser.
An ectopic pregnancy (eccysis) is a pregnancy that does not implant inside the womb. The fertilized egg attaches elsewhere, most commonly in the fallopian tubes.
Resources for those suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, and neglectful in nature. Caregiver burnout is a common cause for elder abuse. Get support and resources to prevent elder abuse.
Emotional Abuse is a form of abuse where the perpetrator uses fear, humiliation or verbal assault to undermine the self-esteem of their victim.
Nothing feels worse than that ick feeling associated with boundary violations. How do you set and maintain an emotional boundary? Find out more here.
Emotional shock often occurs after a traumatic event, in which someone's mental state of mind is affected. Read on to find more information about emotional shock and how it occurs.
We all have emotions, but what do you do if you don't know how to speak the language of emotions?
Enabling means that we're putting the needs of troubled individuals who have addiction or other mental illnesses ahead of our own lives. Read on to find out if you're enabling, are an enabler, and how to stop enabling.
An encephalocele is a neural tube defect where brain matter protrudes from the skull. Find out encephalocele facts about prognosis after diagnosis and get resources.
Endometrial Cancer, also called uterine cancer, is a cancer that begins in the lining of the uterus, called endometrium. This is the most common form of uterine cancer, and makes up roughly ninety-five percent of uterine cancers.
The lining of the uterus is called endometrium. When these cells grow in other parts of the body, it’s called endometriosis.
Estrangement can lead to many relationship consequences, such as separation, divorce, and alienation. Estrangement describes a rift or division, that is the result of unmet expectations or other disruptions in a relationship.
Factitious Disorders are those in which a person assumes a 'sick' role by creating or faking symptoms of psychological or physical injury or ailment. Read more about Factitious Disorder, symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and causes.
Factor V Leiden is a clotting disorder caused by a congenital birth defect. Find out more about symptoms and treatment options here on our resource page.
Fear of Commitment (or Commitment Phobia) is a fear of becoming involved in or remaining involved in a relationship. Read on to learn how to overcome relationship fears, symptoms of a commitment phobe, and how to love again.
Fear is an automatic response a person has in response to immediate physical and emotional danger. Phobias are an anxiety disorder which results in extreme, persistent fear of an object or situation.
Everyone has feelings, but that doesn't mean they know how to vocalize them. Get more information and resources for emotional intelligence.
Learn about what causes female sexual problems, how those problems can affect relationships, and find resources for support and help.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (also known as FAS) is a condition that occurs in the children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy. During pregnancy, alcohol enters the bloodstream and reaches the fetus through the placenta.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder caused by a problem within the central nervous system.
The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Grief is as unique as those experiencing it.
Whether we are forgiving others or ourselves, forgiveness is a path to freedom; freedom from negative emotions, freedom from negative patterns. Forgiveness frees us to live, happy and healthy, in the present.
Information, resources, and support for individuals who are involved in the foster care.
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder caused by changes in the FMR1 gene. Read more to learn about the genetic mutation resulting in Fragile X Syndrome.
Gang rape is sexual assault that's perpetrated by two or more individuals against a single victim. Gang rape is wildly reported in many parts of the world, although information about the extent of the problem is very scare.
Gangrene is the death of body tissue related to impaired blood flow or bacterial infections. Read more about the types of gangrene, the symptoms and treatment of gangrene.
Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (also known as GERD) is a disease of the digestive tract in which acid from the stomach - or, occasionally, bile - flows back into the lining of the esophagus. Read more about symptoms, treatment and diagnosis of acid reflux disease.
Gastrointestinal perforation, or perforation of the bowel, is a rare condition in which there is complete penetration of the wall of the small intestines, colon, gallbladder, esophagus, rectum, or wall of the stomach, that leads the contents of the gastrointestinal tract to flow into the abdominal cavity
Gastroschisis is a birth defect that results in a portion of intestine being outside the body at birth. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment on our resource page.
If you've found this site because you're gay, think you're gay, or know someone who is, welcome! BB2G is here to support people from all walks of life.
Gender Identity Disorder, or transsexualism, is defined as a conflict between a person’s true physical gender and the gender in which the person identifies with. Read more about Gender Identity Disorder.
Society places many expectations upon us, in regards to our roles and place in society. Gender describes traditional "male" and "female" roles. Gender identity is how a person chooses to express his or her gender, and non-conformity refers to deviation in a traditional expression.
While worrying is normal under stress, excessive worrying can impact a person's life. Learn more about when anxiety and worrying are symptomatic of a larger anxiety issue.
A genetic disorder is a disorder caused by an abnormality in a person's DNA. These abnormalities can range from a tiny mutation in a single gene to the addition (or deletion) of a whole chromosome - or set of chromosomes. Read on for an overview of genes and genetic disorders.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when there are consistently high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the bloodstream. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.
Grandchild loss is extremely difficult. Not only do you have to manage your own grief, but you must help your child with grief as well.
Loss is always difficult. Losing a grandparent is challenging, and is often a child's first exposure to death. Learn more about how to help someone grieving the loss of a grandparent, parent, or child grief.
Grief is a normal human response to the loss of something or something significant. Grief is a journey toward healing and recovering from this significant loss.
Information and resources for Group Beta Strep found in pregnant mothers and posing a health risk to newborn infants when the mother is untreated.
Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune disorder causing damage to the nerve cells, muscle weakness, and possible paralysis. Read more to find out the symptoms and connect with resources.
Guilt is often a response to a perceived decrease in a social standing. Guilt often motivates behavior related to social expectations in that it “punishes” us for socially unacceptable behavior.
We are all in the pursuit of happiness. Find out more about what happiness means and how to achieve it.
Head lice are a common infestation that school-aged children are especially prone to. Approximately 6-12 million infestations are reported each year.
Resources and information about hearing loss.
Extensive overview of the types of heart-related problems that constitute heart disease, with symptoms, diagnostic information, treatment options, and resources.
Maintaining your heart health will prevent heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in developed countries. Find out how to be heart healthy!
One percent of the world's population is born with heart disease. A heart murmur is not a disease, but could be an indicator of a more serious condition. Find out more about symptoms, treatment and diagnosis on our resource page.
If you are in an abusive relationship, you may feel like there's no escaping the domestic abuse. Information and help for someone in an abusive relationship.
Hemolytic disease can have potentially serious or fatal implications in newborns. Fortunately, it is preventable, and treatable.
Hemophilia is a group of bleeding disorders caused by the blood's inability to clot, most often due to genetic deficiencies. Find information and resources.
Learn more about the types of Hepatitis and its effects on the liver. Find resources for those dealing with the health condition.
Let's face it - some babies are just high needs infants. Learn more about what a high needs infant is, what to do about it, and what the risks are.
There are many conditions that cause a pregnancy to be classified as high risk. Read more to learn about the variety of issues and find resources.
Hirschsprung's Disease is a congenital malformation affecting the colon and causing difficulty in passing bowel movements. Find out more about the symptoms and treatment here.
Histrionic Personality Disorder is a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of extreme, intense emotions as well as attention-seeking behavior. Read more about Histrionic Personality Disorder.
AIDS is a disease caused by HIV and transmitted through bodily fluids. AIDS is a chronic, incurable disease that can be managed with medication.
Hoarding is a complex disorder involving the overwhelming collection of and inability to discard items. Find out about the complexities and get resources.
A person is considered homeless who "lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence" and is a growing problem in our nation.
Homeschooling is the education of children in the home, instead of in private or public schools. It is also called home-based learning or home education, and is usually administered by the parents, although sometimes tutors take on the educational responsibilities.
Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by a team of health professionals to give medical, psychological and spiritual support to those with terminal illness.
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Coping with an anxiety disorder can be a very difficult thing to manage. Here are some coping tips, strategies, and how to live with a chronic anxiety disorder.
Surviving the suicide of a loved one is one of the hardest deaths to grieve. Here is some help for suicide survivors and those who love them.
Being the victim of bullies or the target of a bully is hard to cope with. Here are some tips and tricks for coping with a bully.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common mental illness that can affect people who have been through a traumatic experience. Here are some tips for coping with PTSD and helping a loved one cope with post traumatic stress disorder.
Self-destructive behavior can be the result of many different things. Very commonly it is noted synonymously with self-injury; however, self-injury is more accurately a form of self-destructive behavior. Further, there are many ways besides self-injury that a person may engage in self-destructive behavior.
When you or someone you love has been the victim of a bully, you may not know how to heal. Here are some practical tips for healing from being the target of bullies.
Going through a divorce is almost never easy. Here is a how-to guide for helping a friend deal with divorce.
Information and practical advice for helping someone with a gambling problem. Pathological or compulsive gambling is a problem that requires much help.
Going through a miscarriage or early pregnancy loss is challenging. Here is how a guide to help a friend grieve a miscarriage or early pregnancy loss.
When you find out that the child of a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, it's hard to know how best to provide help and support. Here are some tips for helping a friend whose child is seriously ill.
When you find out that a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it's hard to know how best to provide help and support. Here are some tips for helping a friend with cancer.
A chronic illness is a medical condition that will last a long time - perhaps forever. Here are some tips for helping a loved one with a chronic illness.
Infertility is a common problem for many couples. Here are some ways to help a friend who is infertile.
How do you help a loved one who is in an abusive relationship? Find out tips for helping a domestic violence victim.
Self-injury is an act of deliberately harming one's body. Read more to learn how to cope with self-injury, how to help a friend or loved one who self-injures, and what NOT to do for someone who self-injures.
Special needs children can face a whole host problems. This is a resource for coping with special needs children and how to help a friend with a special needs child.
Helping someone heal from a rape or sexual assault can be hard. Read on to learn how to help yourself or a loved one heal from sexual assault.
When a loved one loses a child, it may be impossible to know how to help. Here are some practical tips to help a family grieve the loss of a baby or child.
Losing a friend is like losing a part of you. Here are some tips for how to cope with the loss of a friend.
Losing a partner or spouse is one of the most painful experiences a person can live through. Read on to find information for how to help someone who has lost a partner.
Sibling loss is often called the "forgotten grief" because it is generally treated as secondary or even unimportant compared to the grief of other family members, particularly the parents and spouses of the deceased. Learn more about how to help someone who has lost a sibling.
When you know that someone that you love dearly is suffering from depression, it's hard to know how to help; or if you should even bother trying. Here are some tips for helping a loved one who is suffering major depression.
Resources and ideas on how to help someone who is grieving the loss of a friend or loved one.
Low self esteem is a problem that affects many people. Read more to learn how to increase self esteem.
An allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to something that is typically harmless to the average person. Food allergies and intolerances, known as histamine intolerances, affect roughly 25% of the population of the US. Living with a food allergy can be done, but you must pay attention and take caution with what you put in your body. Read more about how to live with a food allergy.
Learn more about Human Trafficking, the illegal trade of humans for purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation, which violates a person's human rights.
Huntington's Disease (known as HD) is a genetic disorder that causes progressive degeneration of the nerve cells in the brain. Read more to learn about Huntington's Disease symptoms, causes, and management of the symptoms of HD.
A hurricane is a very severe tropical storm, or cyclone that forms somewhere in one of the major oceans. Learn how to be prepared for a hurricane, before a hurricane hits, during a hurricane and after a hurricane.
Hydrocephalus is buildup of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Hydrocephalus can be caused by a decreased absorption of CSF or an overproduction of CSF.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (often abbreviated HG) is a severe, unrelenting form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Hyperemesis Gravidarum may lead to weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, as well as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure, which occurs when the pressure exerted against your artery walls exceeds the healthy limit. High blood pressure can lead to numerous health conditions, including heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or kidney disease.
Information on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment for hyperthyroidism, as well as additional resources for sufferers of the autoimmune condition.
Hypochondriasis was once described as a somatoform disorder - a mental illness in which a person has symptoms of a physical illness, but the symptoms cannot be explained by an actual physical disorder. Read on to learn more about hypochondria
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is a complex cyanotic congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is very, very underdeveloped. Read more about this dangerous heart defect.
Hypotension is also known as low blood pressure, which occurs when the pressure exerted against your artery walls is lower than the healthy limit. Low blood pressure can lead to vital organs not receiving an ample blood supply.
Band Back Together provides information and resources on Hypothyroidism and the ability to connect with other sufferers through a group blogging platform.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a woman's uterus is partially or entirely removed.
Immunodeficiencies, or immune deficiencies, is a state in which the immune system of the body is unable to adequately prevent disease or malignancies.
Impulse Control Disorders are those in which a person has an irresistable urge to engage in a negative behavior. Impulse Control Disorders include trichotillomania, kleptomania, gambling, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) guarantees that any child who has a disability and is at a public school has an educational plan to follow for the school year. Read on to learn more about IEPs, how to qualify and what to expect when your child needs an IEP.
Infectious diseases are diseases caused by microorganisms, like bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites that can be spread - directly or indirectly - from one person to another. Read more about infectious diseases, causes, treatments and modes of transmission.
Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the ability to conceive a child. Information on types of infertility, resources, and support for those dealing with infertility.
Infidelity (also known as "cheating" or "having an affair") is considered a breach of the expectation of relationship exclusivity.
Psychiatric hospitals provide the full range of care for mental illnesses. Read more to learn about what to expect from inpatient psychiatric care, voluntary and involuntary admission to psychiatric units.
Insomnia is the inability to stay asleep or to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. One usually awakens feeling unrefreshed. Insomnia can affect energy level, mood, health, work performance and quality of life.
Intentional weight loss really boils down to calories in versus calories out. This resource page explains popular diets and fad diets.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (also known as IED) is an impulse control disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger - often to the point of violence - that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. Read more to learn about IED.
An internet troll is a person who goes from site to site, leaving mean, hurtful comments on Twitter, personal blogs, Facebook pages, and other social media. Learn about Internet Trolls and how to handle an Internet Troll.
The term intersex describes a set of conditions in which a person's external sex characteristics do not match their internal sex characteristics. This is a complicated issue for physical, psychological, and emotional reasons.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) (also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS) or hypersensitive bladder syndrome (HBS)), is a condition of the bladder in which pain and discomfort persist in the bladder for a considerable length of time (six weeks or more) without the presence of an infection or other identifiable cause.
Intimate Partner Rape is a rape or sexual assault that occurs between two people who currently have - or have had - a consensual sexual relationship.
Babies born smaller than expected are diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Read more to learn the causes, risks and outcomes for babies with IUGR.
An Invisible Illness is a chronic condition that is not easily seen by the general public. Some invisible illnesses aren't even readily seen by medical professionals. These are illnesses that are debilitating, and prevent a person from performing traditional every day activities, but with no obvious physical symptoms to observers.
In Vitro Fertilization, usually referred to as IVF, is a procedure used to address infertility by manually mixing an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder which affects your colon. It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting about 1 in 6 in the United States.
Learn more about the IUI procedure used in female factor and unexplained infertility cases.
Information and resources about Jacobsen Syndrome, as well as information about chromosomal abnormalities.
Jealousy is a secondary emotion that generally refers to negative thoughts and feelings of fear, insecurity and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something of value - particularly a human connection. Jealousy is often complicated by a number of other emotions, like sadness, disgust, resentment and anger.
Type 1 Diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes) is a disorder of the body's immune system that occurs when a body's immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas.
Kawasaki Disease (also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome is a disease that causes inflammation of the walls of the small-to-medium-sized arteries in the human body.
Kidney cancer is a form of cancer that originates in the kidneys. Read more to learn about renal cell carcinoma, treatments, subtypes of RCC, treatment and ways to cope with cancer.
The kidneys are organs found on either side of the vertebrae in the lower back, and function primarily as filters for harmful waste product in the blood. A kidney stone is a solid crystal formation which has built up inside the kidneys due to dietary minerals that have not filtered properly.
Kleptomania is an impulse control mental disorder defined by the uncontrollable need to steal. The need to steal is not for monetary or personal use.
Learning disabilities refer to difficulties in learning and using skills due to disturbances in neurological functioning. Find resources and support.
Information and resources for identifying places to turn for legal assistance.
Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, which includes the bone marrow and lymphatic system.
Once you leave the NICU with your NICU graduate, life can feel a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to cope.
Liver Cancer is a group of progressive cancers with varying symptoms and treatments. Find out more about them here on our Liver Cancer Resource Page.
Liver disease, also known as hepatic disease, is a general term for many different kinds of diseases that affect the liver. Find out more about each type.
Loneliness is a common feeling we all experience at some point. Some people feel sad, angry, or depressed, while others cope easily with feelings of loneliness.
All relationships can be challenging, and long-distance relationships are no exception. Read more information about how to survive and thrive in a long-distance relationship.
Loss is defined as the involuntary separation from something we have possessed and perhaps even treasured. Find out about responses to loss and how to cope.
Many families have a loved one who is currently in jail or incarcerated. Here are some tips and resources for coping with a loved one in prison.
Love is an emotion of personal attachment and strong affection, and is a large part of many religions.
Substance abuse is something that impacts the entire social system around the addict. But how do you love an addict?
While depression has a clear and sometimes devastating impact upon the individual involved, it can have a severe impact upon those who are close to the individual, such as family and friends. Caring for a loved one who struggles with depression can be a difficult task – having to respond and validate symptoms while managing your own.
Learning to cope with bipolar disorder can be challenging, for both the bipolar individual and his or her loved ones. Here are some tips and strategies for coping with bipolar disorder.
Lung cancer is cancer that originates in the lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, lung cancer the leading cause of cancer death, claiming more lives each year than breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, and lymph cancers combined.
Learn about the autoimmune disease Lupus and find resources and support for managing related chronic illness.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection carried by blacklegged ticks. Find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, in addition to resources.
Lymphoma is a form of cancer involving cells in the immune system called lymphocytes, and represents roughly thirty-five subtypes of cancers, broken down into two major categories called Hodgkins Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. You can read more about treatment and care on our resource page.
Major Depressive Disorder is classified as an all encompassing depressed mood and/or decreased interest in pleasurable activities for more than two weeks.
Male Factor Infertility refers to difficulties conceiving due to a problem with the male reproductive system. Read more about types, treatment and causes for male factor infertility.
Find out more about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment directed at males, and find resources and support for male victims of assault.
Sexual problems in men can be caused by a variety of issues; get more information and learn about treatments.
MSUD is a metabolic disorder that can have serious consequences; however, individuals with the disorder can live a healthy life with dietary management.
Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder affecting the connective tissue of the body. If left untreated, there are numerous issues and concerns that could be damaging if not life-threatening.
Partnership/marriage is a common way of life for humans, yet comes with challenges. Get help and resources.
Marriage and partnership can be difficult at times. How do you manage conflict in your relationship?
Breast cancer is a terrible ordeal. Having a mastectomy can make that journey even more difficult. Find information and resources about having a mastectomy.
Mastitis is a breast infection typically experienced by new mothers. Read on to learn home care and other ways to treat mastitis.
Meningitis is an infection causing inflammation of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain. This inflammation of the meninges may be caused by infections with viruses, bacteria, certain drugs, and other microorganisms. Read more to learn about the types of meningitis, treatment, mortality rates, from meningitis.
Natural Menopause is when a woman’s reproductive system changes: the ovaries stop producing eggs, the body produces less estrogen and progesterone and menstruation ceases.
Learn more about what constitutes a mental illness and find resources for
The stigma of mental illness, unlike illnesses of other organs, exists and often prevents those of us who suffer from mental illnesses from receiving the care and compassion we so desperately need.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that acts upon the central nervous system. Read on to learn more about meth, street names, methods of abuse, and the growing meth endemic sweeping the US.
Microscopic Wayne-Genesis is a genetic condition in which one's genes develop a disturbing array of symptoms. There is no known cure for Microscopic Wayne-Genesis, though therapy can assist with such symptoms as teeth discoloration, eye sensitivity, and poor tasting dranks.
Those who suffer from migraines are dealing with chronic, often debilitating pain with physical symptoms such as nausea. Get information on migraine types.
Military life can be hectic and full of challenges for soldiers and their family members. There are resources to help support troops.
Losses are devastating, real, and meant to be grieved. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Get information and support after miscarriage.
Resources and information about mitochondrial diseases, which can affect all areas of the body.
Mitral Valve Prolapse is a condition in which the valve separating the upper and lower chambers of the heart does not properly form, allowing blood to leak back into the atrium. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and diagnosis on our resource page.
A Molar Pregnancy (gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) or hydatidiform mole) is a placental abnormality that is caused by a problem during the fertilization process of sperm and egg. Learn about molar pregnancies, treatment of moles, and how to cope emotionally with a molar pregnancy.
Mood disorders are a category of disorders in which mood is disturbed in some way. This includes depression, bipolar disorder, major depression, dysthymia and other disorders. This page contains a brief overview of mood disorders and links to more information.
A resource page for those expecting twins, triplets, or more multiples.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder impacting multiple systems in the body. Read more to find out the symptoms and connect with resources.
Munchhausen-By-Proxy is a serious disorder that is also a criminal offense. Find out more about the symptoms and treatment of this factitious disorder here.
Munchhausen Syndrome is one in which a person makes up or lies about symptoms of injury or illness. Find out more about this fictitious disorder here.
Murder is a devastating and frightening way to lose a loved one. Get information on the grief process and resources to help with coping after a death.
Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited disorder caused by genetic mutations. Find out symptoms and locate resources for support.
Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic, neuromuscular autoimmune disease that affects the voluntary muscles of the body. Learn more about types of MG, treatment of MG and living with myasthenia gravis.
Acute Myocardial Infarction (also referred to as a heart attack) is irreversible death of heart muscle supply secondary to prolonged lack of oxygen.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by an individual's self-directed focus and inflated self-admiration. Learn more and find resources on this page.
Narcolepsy is the brain’s inability to control sleep and wake cycles. Bouts of narcolepsy can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Information about natural disaster preparedness, what to do during and after a disaster.
Neural tube defects occur in approximately one in every 3,000 pregnancies in the US. Find out prognosis and presentation information and connect with resources.
Neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic disease, affects approximately one in 4,000 individuals, causing tumors on the nerves. Find more information on NF1, NF2 and other disorders.
A nevus (plural: nevi) is the medical term referring to a sharply defined, pigmented skin lesion, commonly called a mole, freckle, or birthmark.
Newborn Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of both the sclera of the eyes and the skin and occurs as a result of excess bilirubin in the blood. Read on to learn more about neonatal jaundice, treatment, symptoms and causes.
It's hard to know what to say to a parent whose child is in the NICU. Here's a resource page by Heather Spohr for what to say to a NICU parent.
Learn more about what situations will put an infant into the NICU and find resources for parents and families.
Noonan Syndrome, once called Turner-like syndrome, is a genetic disease that can lead to abnormal physical development. See this resource page to learn more about symptoms and related conditions.
Obesity is defined as having too much body fat, and should not be confused with being overweight. Read more about what causes obesity, and the impact on health.
OCD is an anxiety disorder marked by excessive obsessions and compulsions that interfere with a person's normal routine. Get more information and resources.
An omphalocele is a herniation of the umbilical cord in pre-natal fetuses and neo-natal infants. It occurs when the abdominal walls do not properly close during weeks 10-14 of pregnancy, resulting in the abdominal organs herniating into the umbilical cord.
Biting your nails can be a learned behavior, or an extension of other nervous habits such as thumb-sucking, nose-picking, hair twisting or pulling, grinding your teeth, or picking at your skin
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a childhood behavior disorder in which negative and disobedient behaviors are shown towards figures of authority. Read on to learn more about ODD and children.
Oral cavity cancer (also known as oral cancer) is cancer that begins in the mouth, while oropharyngeal cancer begins in the oropharynx, the part of the throat behind the mouth. Read more to learn about causes, types, and treatment of oral and pharyngeal cancers.
Becoming an organ donor is a huge and life-saving decision. One donor can save up to eight lives with organ donation, or up to 50 lives with tissue donation.
Lean more about the types of organs and tissues that can be donated and which conditions are addressed in adult organ and tissue transplant patients.
What does it means if you have weak bones or bone fractures? Find out more about Osteopenia here.
Ovarian Cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the ovaries, though often goes undetected until after it has spread into other areas of the pelvic region. Read more about ovarian cancer.
Pain is a dynamic and complicated health condition to address. Find out about the different types and methods of treatment.
Pancreatic cancer, also known as pancreatic carcinoma, is cancer of the pancreas. Read on to find information, treatment, staging, and causes of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive juices called enzymes that help with digestion. You can read more about pancreatitis on the resource page.
Panic Disorder is a classification of anxiety disorders. It's defined by the reoccurance of panic attacks.
People who have paranoid personality disorder are plagued by long-term paranoia and distrust of others, even when there is no reason to be suspicious.
Paraphilia is defined as sexual attraction and behavior that is recurrent, extreme and out of the norm. Find out about when the behavior becomes a problem.
Parasomnias are disturbances in behaviors during sleep. Common parasomnias include sleepwalking, sexsomnia, night terrors, nightmares and bed-wetting.
Parental Alienation Syndrome is an irrational and abusive relationship between a child and his or her estranged parent. This is often the result of the alienating parent manipulating the child, who adopts the views and position of the instigating parent. Learn more about Parental Alienation here.
Parentification may be defined as a role-reversal between parent and child. Read on to learn more about why parentification occurs and how to prevent parentification.
Parenting is hard. I won't say "it's the hardest job in the world," because that sounds trite, and frankly, I think that cleaning out the sewers would be way harder.
Resources and information on grieving the loss of a parent. Grief over losing a parent to death is very complex and can cause depression.
Parkinson's Disease is a condition affecting the central nervous system. Learn about causes, treatment, and find resources.
Information and resources for those grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other.
Passive-Aggressive behavior is a term used to describe a number of behaviors between two people.
Pathological gambling (or compulsive gambling) is an impulse control disorder in which a person is unable to stop gambling even after negative experiences, loss of jobs, and incarceration. Learn more about pathological gambling and its effect on the family of the gambler.
Children suffer anxiety disorders such as OCD and generalized anxiety disorder. With treatment mentally ill children suffering pediatric childhood anxiety can manage.
Pediatric bipolar disorder is a common diagnosis for mentally-ill children of any age. Pediatric bipolar disorder should be treated like any other disease: with medication and therapy.
Pediatric cancer is abnormal cells that develop and proliferate in children. Pediatric cancer can involve any organ or tissue.
Pediatric caregivers often have trouble adjusting to a child's chronic illness. Here are some tips for caregivers of chronically ill children.
Pediatric depression is a mental illness affecting everyday life. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options and find resources here.
Information for children and parents dealing with dermatillomania. Ways to find treatment, resources and other information.
Information and resources about common mental illnesses affecting children and adolescents.
Having a terminally ill child is absolutely devastating. Find information about what to say, what to do, and what your child's needs are here.
Information and resources for families and children who are experiencing pediatric organ transplant procedures.
Resources for those suffering from pediatric Trichotillomania or parents dealing with children facing this disorder.
Get information on pedophilia and the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and find resources and tips for prevention.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is the failure of the muscle and ligament structures in the vagina to support the uterus, bladder, rectum and/or vagina in place.
Practice makes perfect, or so the saying goes. However, for some people, the intense belief in and desire to reach perfectionism goes beyond the typical desire to be perfect.
Peritonitis is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and the organs held within, called the peritoneum.
Personality disorders are associated with marked disturbances in behavioral tendencies, often involving several parts of the personality. Read more about personality disorder resources.
Personality types are a collection of personality traits that occur together consistently. Read more to learn what type of personality you have.
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Losing a pet, for any reason, is something that happens to every pet owner eventually. Whether your pet is stolen, dies, or must be re-homed - the loss can be overwhelmingly difficult to deal with.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetic disorder characterized by the inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid phenylalanine (Phe). Read on for more information about PKU.
Phobias result in persistent and irrational fear of an object or situation. An individual with a phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid the stimulus.
Phocomelia Syndrome (PS) is a very rare congenital birth defect that causes extreme defects of the infant, especially in relation to his or her upper extremities. Read on to learn about treatment, diagnosis and symptoms of PS.
Pica is an eating disorder which results in an individual eating non-nutritive substances. Learn about the symptoms and find resources for this condition.
A stay in the PICU is scary for parents and children. These resources may help explain some of what you can expect.
The placenta, an organ that attaches the fetus to the mother, like other organs, is subject to various types of abnormal pathology. Read more to learn about vasa previa, placenta previa, placental abruption, placenta increta, placenta percreta, and more.
Monogamy is not for everyone. For those who love more than one person, or polyamorus people, there are options other than a traditional relationship.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is passed down through families (inherited). There are two types of PKD: autosomal recessive PKD and autosomal dominant PKD.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that impacts multiple organ systems within the body. The condition can affect weight, fertility, and body hair.
Pornography addiction is considered to be a sexual addiction, which is any sexually-related compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved one's and one's work environment.
Women with postpartum depression feel guilty about being depressed at a time when they are supposed to be happy. Find resources and support.
Postpartum OCD is a mental disorder in which the mother develops scary obsessions and compulsions related to harm that may happen to the new baby.
Educational information including symptoms and treatment as well as support for those touched by postpartum psychosis.
Economic struggles can affect mental health, as well. Find resources that can help relieve the burden during times of hardship.
Preeclampsia is a serious disorder that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and even death of the mother and/or baby.
Getting pregnant after losing a baby can be very frightening. Pregnancy after a loss will involve many conflicting feelings and should be taken one day at a time.
A woman who has a child at the age of 35 or older is considered AMA (advanced maternal age). Learn about the risks of being AMA, outcomes, and ways to reduce the risks of a pregnancy at advanced maternal age.
Education information and resources for pregnancy in the United States and Canada.
A premature newborn has underdeveloped organs that may not be ready to function outside of the uterus. Learn more about their special care and get resources.
PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can be debilitating, often disrupting work and damaging relationships. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and get help.
Antenatal depression is NOT something that occurs because a woman does not want to have a baby, because a woman will not be a good mother or because a woman is weak.
Information and research about drug addicted newborns.
Prescription Drug Abuse is defined as intentional use of medications without a prescription, in a way other than it's prescribed, or for the experience the feeling the drug causes. Read on to learn more about prescription drug abuse, symptoms, and dangers of abusing legal drugs.
Recognize, treat, and prevent preterm labor. Get resources and tips for surviving bedrest.
Child abuse is a crime that lasts forever. Parents need to learn effective ways to parent difficult children and prevent child abuse.
Prostate cancer is a serious disease that affects tens of thousands of men every year. This page is dedicated to explaining what prostate cancer is, who is at an elevated risk, and general information and resources.
Pseudocyesis (also known as hysterical pregnancy or false pregnancy) is a condition in which a person believes that he or she is expecting a child, when he or she is not actually pregnant.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches.
Psychological Manipulation is a pervasive attack against the better judgement of the victim. Learn more about it's effects and what to do about it here.
Psychosis, or Psychotic Disorder, occurs when an individual has a break in reality and thinking is seriously effected. The symptoms affect the ability to think clearly, make good judgments, and communicate effectively.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an psychological illness that develops as a result of a terribly frightening, life-threatening, or otherwise highly unsafe experience. Learn more about PTSD here.
Boys go through puberty over a couple of years. Here are the changes you can expect to see while your son is going through puberty, some tips for surviving boys puberty, and information for your son while he goes through puberty.
Puberty occurs with girls between ages 8-11. A guide about puberty, the changes to a girl during puberty, and what to expect while raising a daughter through puberty.
Pubic symphysis diastasis is pain due to the spreading or separation of the ligaments in the pelvic region in pregnant women.
Pyromania, or a compulsion to start fires, is an impulse control disorder in which fires are started to relieve tension, provide gratification, or relief. Read on to learn more about pyromania.
Sexual assault is a traumatic event and survivors will experience a variety of emotions. There are resources to help cope with the after-effects of assault.
It takes a lot of guts to face up to drug addiction. Get help and resources to obtain sobriety and recovery from addiction.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (also known as habitual abortion or recurrent miscarriage) is the occurrence of the loss of two or more pregnancies, generally before twenty weeks of gestation. Read more to learn about causes and treatments for recurrent miscarriage.
Learn more about relational aggression, a form of bullying that may be harder for adults to identify. Get resources and ideas for prevention.
Relationship breakups can be heartbreaking. Healing from a broken relationship can take time and energy. Here are some tips for coping with and healing from heartbreak.
Learn more about acute and chronic renal failure symptoms, treatment, and resources for patients.
Reproductive abuse is when a partner pressures you to have unprotected sex, or prevents or destroys your birth control. This is a form of domestic abuse.
Resources to help those learning of a new RA diagnosis or those who have lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis for years.
Rh Disease, or Rh Incompatibility, is a condition that occurs when a woman, with Rh negative type blood, is somehow exposed to Rh-positive blood, which causes sensitization, and/or the development of Rh antibodies. Read on to learn more about Rh Incompatibility.
Romantic relationships are often thought of as friendships with the addition of passion, intimacy and commitment. Read more to learn about romantic relationships, types of romantic relationships, and how to resolve conflict in romantic relationships.
Of all the things we feel, sadness is one of the most consuming emotions out there.
The sandwich generation refers to those who are squeezed between caring for younger children as well as for aging parents. It is estimated that one in eight Americans aged 40 to 60 are currently a part of the sandwich generation.
Schizoaffective disorder describes a blend of symptoms demonstrated in schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Read more to learn about symptoms, causes and treatments of schizoaffective disorder
Schizoid Personality Disorder (also known as SPD) is characterized by a long-term pattern of detachment from social relationships.
Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic and disabling brain disorder that makes it hard for the sufferer to distinguish between fantasy and reality, behave normally, and have normal emotional responses.
Schitzotypal Personality Disorder is a pervasive condition that causes detachment socially and unusual perceptions and experiences. Find out more about its diagnosis and treatment here on our resource page.
Sciatica is a condition where pain originates from the sciatic nerve and occurs along one or both legs. Read on to learn more about sciatic and pinched nerves.
Scleroderma, also known as systematic sclerosis, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the body's connective tissue.
Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine, resulting in a distinctive C or S shape when the spine is viewed from the front. Read more to learn about scoliosis.
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects millions of people every year. Learn more about the symptoms, treatments and related disorders on our resource page.
Secondary Infertility is the inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term after the birth of one or more biological children who were not conceived using any type of ART technology. Read more about secondary IF causes, treatment, and how to cope with secondary infertility.
A Seizure Disorder (also called Epileptic Disorder) is a tendency toward recurrent seizure activity without evidence of a reversible metabolic cause.
Selective immunoglobulin A Deficiency is an inherited disease of primary immunodeficiency wherein a person has low or absent levels of a protein in the blood called immunoglobulin A.
Selective mutism may also be expressed or described as extreme shyness, fear of social situations, and social isolation or withdrawal.
How is self-esteem developed? How does a parent foster good self-esteem in their children? Information and resources for encouraging positive self-esteem.
Self-injury is a common behavior for those who do not have good coping mechanisms. Self-injury is treatable, like anything else.
Self-loathing is an extreme form of poor self-esteem that can cause self-sabotaging and depression. Self-hatred can be overcome with time and positive self-talk.
Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological condition in which the sensory signals from the body are jumbled and the appropriate response is not performed. Read on to learn more about SPD causes, treatment, diagnosis, and how to live with SPD.
Sepsis (also called blood poisoning or symptomatic bacteremia) is a potential deadly medical emergency condition which is caused by a whole body inflammatory response.
Resources about the terrorists attack on American on September 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people, and shook a nation to it's core.
Service animals are individually-trained animals that have been taught to perform certain tasks for people who have disabilities. Read on to learn more about service animals, laws about help animals, and the disabilities assist animals are trained for.
For some, sleep is a time of confusion. The body, during a period of deep sleep, may engage in sexual behaviors. Sexsomnia is a new disorder described by sexual behavior while sleeping.
Sexual Addiction involves compulsive sexual thoughts and acts, which make it very difficult to develop healthy interpersonal relationships.
Sexual coercion is the act of using subtle pressure, drugs, alcohol, or force to have sexual contact with someone against their will. Read on to learn more about sexual coercion.
Sexual exploitation is a global issue that touches every country in the world. Find information about sexual exploitation here.
Learn more about what constitutes sexual harassment and how to address it; find resources and support.
A person’s sexuality may grow and change throughout his or her life, or remain fairly stable. It is not uncommon to be attracted to same-sex, opposite-sex, or both, individuals.
STIs and STDs can be spread through sexual contact, but this contact is not limited to just intercourse. Learn more and find resources for teens, parents, and individuals.
Never shake a baby. Shaken baby syndrome information and resources, plus tips for prevention.
Shame is a complicated emotion based upon internal self-image.
Medical shock can occur when an individual experiences sever injury or illness and result in major organ failure and result in death if left untreated.
Everyone is shy at some point or another, but for some, being shy has a negative impact upon their life. Learn how to recognize and cope with shyness.
The death of a brother or sister is hard, and learning to cope with the loss can be difficult. Loss is universal, and requires change and uncertainty and adjustments to situations that are new, unchosen, and uncertain.
Sickle Cell Disease (also known as sickle cell anemia and hemoglobin SS disease) is an inherited disorder that affects the body’s red blood cells causing them to take an sickle shape.
Single Parenting is on the rise. The reason for single parent homes vary: divorce, death, separation, or never married parents. In some single parent households, the parent chooses from the beginning to take on the adventure of raising a child alone. This is also referred to as being a Choice Mom or Choice Dad.
One fourth of children under 18 living in the US live in a single-parent household. Get tips and resources for single parent families.
Skin cancer is more common than any other form of cancer and accounts for almost half of all cancer diagnoses in the U.S. alone. Read on to learn more about skin cancer.
Description, risk factors, and treatment of sleep apnea, for those who suffer with episodes of non-breathing during the night.
Social anxiety disorder is tied to a fear of public scrutiny and being judged by others. The anticipation of public humiliation leads to anticipatory or concurrent anxiety.
Social isolation can have serious consequences for humans; learn why and find resources to help break the pattern of loneliness.
Antisocial Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, and Sociopathy are all terms that describe an individual who suffers from the inability to express remorse, guilt, or shame. See this resource page for more information about Sociopathy.
A sarcoma is a less common form of cancer that develops from specific tissues such as bone or muscle. Soft tissue sarcomas may develop from tissues including fat, muscle, nerve, blood vessels, deep skin or fibrous tissues. Read more about the types of soft tissue sarcomas.
Somatization Disorder (also known as somatoform disorder) is a disorder in which an individual under the age of thirty experiences a number of long-term physical symptoms that cannot be attributed to a specific medical condition or illness.
Somatoform disorders are a group of psychiatric disorders that cause physical pain without a physical explanation that can be seen. You can read more about the various somatoform disorders on our resource page.
Parents feel overwhelmed when they discover (all at once or gradually) that their child has special needs. Here we offer resources and support.
Information on the types of spina bifida that are diagnosed and treated, along with resources for family members dealing with this neural tube defect.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a weakening of the muscles, often in early childhood. Read more about the disorder here.
Stalking is a serious, frequently violent, life-threatening crime crime that can escalate over time. Even in less severe forms, stalking can forever alter the victim's life.
Find out what constitutes statutory rape and what the related risks are for minors and adults who are engaging in sex together.
A stay-at-home-parent is a parent who stays home to raise his or her children. Many mothers are SAHM and an increasing number of men are becoming stay-at-home dads. Read more to learn about stay-at-home-parenting.
Stillbirth is defined as fetal death after 20 weeks of pregnancy. These tragic deaths occur in about 1 in 160 pregnancies. Learn more and find resources.
Stockholm Syndrome is a paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages feel empathy and positive feelings toward their captors. Learn about the history of Stockholm Syndrome, how Stockholm Syndrome develops and how Stockholm Syndrome is reversed.
Stress is something that we are all familiar with to a certain degree, whether it is sitting in traffic, a difficult day, or a negative interaction with someone. All these feelings lead to feelings of stress.
Learn about the different types of strokes, risk factors, and treatment. Find resources and support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers.
Stuttering is a disorder of speech in which syllables, words or sounds are repeated or last longer than normal speech flow. Read on to learn more about stuttering causes, treatments, and resources.
Subaortic Stenosis is a tightness just below the aortic valve in the heart that releases blood. Read more to learn about Subaortic Stenosis.
Find out how to see a substance abuse relapse coming and get help and support.
Drug Addiction is a complex disease of the brain that is characterized by the compulsive, powerful, often uncontrollable, drug use and abuse even in the face of negative consequences.
Information on the challenges facing those who have been incarcerated and are attempting to reenter society, plus resources and links to programs.
SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age. Always put baby on his back to sleep.
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden death of a healthy child over the age of one year that remains unexplained after a complete postmortem exam.
Suicide is a complicated issue associated with mental illness. Find help for yourself or someone you know who may be contemplating suicide.
Learn more about pregnancy through surrogacy, read tips for finding a surrogate, and find resources.
Survivor Guilt is a mental condition that occurs when a person believes that they have done wrong by surviving a situation that others did not. Read on to learn more about Survivor's Guilt.
It is estimated that every suicide leaves behind 6-8 Suicide Survivors. Suicide survivors often feel responsible for their loss. Get information and resources.
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion or SIADH occurs when excessive levels of antidiuretic hormones (hormones that help the kidneys and body conserve the right amount of water) are produced. Read more about SIADH.
Synesthesia is a condition where when a sensory stimulus is presented to one sense (i.e., hearing a word) and a secondary sense is activated (i.e., you see a color when you hear the word), and is present in 2-4% of the population.
Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a cyst, or Syrinx, is formed within the spinal cord. Read more to learn the types of Syringomyelia, treatments, causes, and outcomes for the disorder.
Explaining death to a child is difficult. These resources about explaining death to a child will provide you with courage and direction during bereavement.
Talking to toddlers and infants about death can be challenging. Here are some tips for talking to children birth to three about death.
Teenagers who've experienced a loss represent a different group of mourners. Teenagers may need adult guidance to talk about death.
Talking to teens about sex is a scary thing to do. Here are some tips for how to talk to your teenager about sex.
Tay-Sachs is an autosomal recessive disorder that begins in infancy. Tay-Sachs is typically fatal before age four.
Having an abortion is one way to handle an unplanned teenage pregnancy. An abortion is the medical termination of a fetus before birth.
Anxiety affects teens as much as adults. Learn and understand the signs and symptoms of teen anxiety and find resources specific to teens.
Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder sometimes called manic-depression. Bipolar disorder involves cycles of sadness and extreme happiness.
This comprehensive guide offers information on various forms of birth control and resources for teens who are looking for local health care providers.
Teens are more susceptible to struggles with their body image due to physical and emotional changes. Check out resources on teen body image to learn more.
Breaking the cycle of abuse can be difficult. Understanding abuse and talking to someone is often the first step.
Teen Bullying is a serious condition that can leave the victim facing the effects of bullying well into their lives. Here are some resources to help.
One in three teens experience dating abuse or violence. We must inform ourselves and speak out to break the cycle of abuse.
The teen years are those in which teenagers learn how to make decisions about relationships with friends, family and romantic partners.
Depression is an illness that happens to many teenagers. Click here to read more about depression and the teenagers.
Resources for teens dealing with or who have friends suffering from eating disorders.
Heartbreak is difficult for anyone. This resource page is geared towards teens struggling with their own heartbreak.
Teens who lose a friend grieve in different ways than adults. We have resources and help for those who are hurting.
A resource page with links and coping tips for teenagers who have lost one or both of their parents.
Divorce is difficult for everyone, especially the children of divorcing parents. Get information, resources, and support.
A guide for teenage pregnancy, with resources and assistance in making health decisions.
Rape is a crime of motive and opportunity and NOT the victims fault. No short skirt means that someone has the right to force you to have sex. Ever.
Gossip and rumors are a form of bullying and verbal abuse. Find out more about what bullying is and how to deal with it.
Find out the motivating factors behind why teens and kids run away from home, information for prevention, and resources for finding missing kids.
An awesome guide to teaching teenagers about sex, sexuality, virginity, and when to have sex. Learn more.
Information, resources, and help for teens who self-injure, self-harm, self-mutilate, or cut themselves.
Teens who self-loathe may need more information to understand what they are feeling. This resource page describes self-loathing and how to fight back.
Sexing is sharing naked or suggestive pictures of yourself or someone else via cell phone or other devices. Learn more about sexting and teenagers.
Just like children and adults, teenagers can also succumb to mental illnesses. Learn more about teen mental illnesses in this broad overview of teen mental illnesses.
Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) are infections and diseases that spread through sexual contact including oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex and kissing.
Teen Substance Abuse can be a serious problem. Find out more about the symptoms, what to do and how it happens on our resource page here at Bandbacktogether
Suicide is the third highest cause of death in teenagers. Learn more about teen suicide, losing a teen to suicide, coping with teen suicide, and how to prevent teen suicides.
Addiction is defined as being abnormally tolerant to and dependent upon something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. TV addiction is a controversial topic. Here is more information about television addiction and how to cope with TV addicts.
Temper tantrums are disruptive, unpleasant, behavioral or emotional outbursts, that are often the result of unmet needs or wants. Read more to learn about temper tantrums, how to diffuse tantrums and how to cope with temper tantrums.
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a term that covers acute and chronic pain and tenderness in the muscles of the jaw as well as the jaw bone and associated joint. Read more to learn about TMJ, treatments and self care for TMJD.
Tendinitis (informally spelled "tendonitis") is a condition in which there is an inflammation of the tendon, possibly including the tendon sheath, often close to the area in which tendons join the muscles.
Facing a terminal illness takes courage, strength, and the love of any and all who can be gathered around. Remember: you are not alone.
Resources and information about testicular cancer, including signs, symptoms, treatment options and statistics.
Tetraology of Fallot is a very rare cyanotic heart defect caused by a combination of four congenital heart defects. Read more about this heart defect, symptoms, and treatment.
The five senses are: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Each of these senses involve organs who have highly specialized receptors designed to interpret different stimuli.
Information about various types of psychotherapy and resources for finding a psychological professional or therapy group to address mental illness.
Bullshit is organic too.
Throat cancer (also called pharyngeal cancer) occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the pharynx. Read on for more information about throat cancer.
Thrombocytosis (throm-bo-sigh-TOE-sis) is a condition of the body in which too many platelets, or thrombocytes, cause excessive blood clotting. Read more about Thrombocytosis causes, treatments, and tips for living with Thrombocytosis.
Thrush is the development of a yeast infection caused by Candida albicans in the mouth. Thrush can affect children, adults, babies, and breast-feeding mothers. Read on to learn about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of thrush.
Tourette’s Disorder is a tic disorder in which a person has multiple motor tics, including at least one vocal tic. This disorder is diagnosed in childhood, but may appear at any point, and is not related to a medication or substance.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (also called TSS) is a rare, life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) or by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria (called streptococcal TSS).
Gender is not as simple as male or female. For some, gender is a confining barrier that leads them to feel trapped in the wrong body. Learn more about gender, gender expression, and being transgender here.
Transposition of the great arteries (also known as Transposition of the Great Vessels) is a very rare cyanotic congenital heart defect in which the two main arteries that leave the heart are transposed - or reversed.
Psychological trauma can result in mental illness and leave individuals feeling like they don't know how to cope. Get information and resources here.
Trichotillomania is an impulse control condition in which an individual feels a compulsion to pull, twist, or pluck their hair. Learn more about this condition and find resources.
Trisomy 13 (also known as Patau Syndrome, Bartholin-Patau Syndrome and Trisomy 13 Syndrome) is a chromosomal, genetic disorder in which an infant is born with three copies of the genetic material from chromosome 13, instead of the normal pair.
Trisomy 18 (also known as Edwards Syndrome) is a chromosomal abnormality in which a person inherits three copies of chromosome 18 in every cell of the body, rather than the normal two. This extra bit of genetic material on chromosome 18 disturbs normal development.
Truncus arteriosus (also known as persistent truncus arteriosus) is a rare cyanotic congential heart defect in which an infant is born one one large vessel - rather than two smaller vessels - leading from the heart.
Trust is the belief that another person or group of people will do what is expected. Read more to learn about trust, trust issues, mistrust, signs of trust issues.
Trying to conceive (TTC) is the journey that begins when someone decides they want to have a baby.
Tuberculosis (also known as TB) is a common, often lethal infectious disease that is caused by different strains of mycobacteria, most commonly by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) bacteria.
Tuberous Sclerosis is a genetic disorder in which the body is unable to suppress cell growth, leading to the development of benign tumors.
Turner Syndrome is a genetic condition which occurs when a females cells are missing an X (or part of an X) chromosome. Read on to learn more about Turner Syndrome causes, symptoms and treatment.
Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is a disorder in which two identical twins or other multiple fetuses share blood vessels in the placenta. In short, the blood vessels develop such that a connection is created between the two fetuses. The result is that one fetus receives more blood flow and the others do not receive enough.
Information about symptoms and treatment for ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, as well as resources for sufferers and family members.
Suicide leaves behind more answers than anything else. These are some common motivations behind suicide.
Unemployment is officially defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as the percentage of the population consisting of persons who do not have a job, who have been actively seeking work for the most recent four-week period, and are able and available to work. Read more about unemployment.
Unintentional weight loss is typically the result of a greater health issue. Any unexpected, unintentional weight loss should be considered a symptom of an illness.
A Urinary Tract Infection (also called UTI's) is an infection that starts in the urinary system of the body. Learn more about symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of urinary tract infections.
Uterine Fibroids (also known as fibromyomas, leiomyomas, and myomas) are non-cancerous growths that develop within the wall of the uterus in women of childbearing age.
Uterus Didelphys, or double uterus, is a condition of the Mullerian ducts. It results in two separate, although smaller than normal uteri, developing, most of the time accompanied by two cervixes and two vaginas. Only two fallopian tubes and ovaries are present, as in normal female reproductive systems.
A vaginal childbirth is a process in which a fetus is delivered through the vagina following the three stages of labor. Learn more about vaginal childbirth, coping with the stages of labor, what to expect during labor, tips for the support person and more.
Vaginismus is a condition in which, during attempts at sexual intercourse, the vagina tightens involuntarily. Read more about vaginismus diagnosis, causes, and treatments.
Vascular Diseases range from mild to severe and can be life-threatening. Find out more about the symptoms, treatments and related disorders here.
A vasectomy is a permanent form of male birth control in which the tubes carrying sperm (the vans deferens) are cut or blocked to prevent sperm from reaching the semen in the testes
The vein of Galen malformation (also known as VGAM) is a rare congenital blood vessel malformation in the brain that develops before birth.
Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS) and DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS) are genetic conditions caused by gene deletion. Learn about symptoms and find resources.
Video Game Addiction (which has been called video game overuse, or pathological use of computer/video games) like many other addictions, is an impulse control disorder. Learn about the symptoms, signs and treatment for adults and teens who have video game addiction.
Violence has prevalent and long-lasting impacts on many many people.
Vision impairment and blindness can have various causes. Learn about treatment options and aids to help the visually impaired.
Von Willebrand Disease is a disorder in which certain factors are missing from the blood and clotting does not occur normally. Find out about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.
Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG) is a rare autoimmune disorder of inflammation in the blood vessels (vasculitis) and other tissues restricting blood flow to the body. The restriction of blood flow to vital organs can cause serious damage, especially to the kidneys or lungs. Read more about how to treat and live with Wegener's Granulomatosis.
Everyone may reach a point in their life when times are tough and they could use a little help. The Welfare Program in the US is a system built to improve the quality of life, as well as general living standards, for the underprivileged and low income households.
Radiation Therapy - also known as radio therapy - is a treatment for cancer that uses very high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and cease the spread of these malignant cells. Here's what to expect while undergoing radiation therapy.
Going to an allergist the first time can seem scary. You've heard about the skin prick test, and you've heard they'll be exposing you to known potential allergens. So what exactly does this mean, and how can you prepare for it? Read more about an allergist visit.
Starting individual therapy can be a daunting task. Here is what to expect while going to individualized therapy, including how to find a therapist, tips for your first therapy session, and what to talk about with your therapist.
Being immunocompromised (or immune deficient) is a state in which the immune system of the body is unable to properly fight off infectious diseases. Learn more about what to expect while immunocompromised.
An overview of what to expect with multiple sclerosis - a chronic and debilitating autoimmune disease. Learn more about What To Expect while living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Williams Syndrome (WS) is a rare genetic condition that can affect anyone. It includes a distinct facial appearance, cardiovascular anomalies that may be present at birth for some, idiopathic hypercalcemia, and a neurodevelopmental and behavioral profile.
Wilms Tumor (also known as Wilms' Tumor or nephroblastoma) is a cancer that originates in the kidneys. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in children.
Wolff-Parkinson-White is an uncommon cardiac problem, affecting millions of people. Find out more about symptoms, treatment and related issues here.
Workaholism is a person whose need to work has become so excessive that it disturbs physical health, personal happiness, interpersonal relationships or the ability to function socially. Read more about the treatment, styles, and coping tools for workaholics.
Workplace bullying is a silent epidemic impacting the nation. Learn more about workplace bullying.
Parasitic worms causes infection in animals as well as humans and can result in serious illness if left untreated. Learn about symptoms and how to avoid worms.
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