When is a condition ‘chronic’ and when is it a ‘disability?’ The definition can determine the support you get

Jennifer E. Engen

by Elizabeth Kendall, Connie Allen, Kelsey Chapman and Maretta Mann, The Conversation “Chronic conditions” and “disability” are not just words. They can determine the funding and supports we can access, how we’re treated and how we feel about ourselves. For population data purposes, disability is defined as a limitation or […]

Body Dysmorphia: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Jennifer E. Engen

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), also called body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition that involves an overwhelming preoccupation with one’s body and appearance. Someone with BDD may focus excessively on minor physical flaws or worry about perceived flaws that others don’t notice. NickyLloyd / Getty Images In the Diagnostic and […]

Types of Insomnia: Definition, Causes, and Diagnosis

Jennifer E. Engen

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it hard to fall asleep and/or remain asleep. Insomnia prevents you from getting the amount and quality of sleep you need to function normally. Without treatment, insomnia can affect daytime alertness. It can impact your ability to think, remember, and react. It […]

Definition, effects, management, and more

Jennifer E. Engen

The Monday blues are not part of a clinical disorder, but many people experience them. Descriptions and causes of the Monday blues vary greatly, but individuals describe them as feelings of dread for the start of the work week. Some causes of the Monday blues include job dissatisfaction or work-related […]

Disability Insurance Definition

Jennifer E. Engen

What Is Disability Insurance? As its name suggests, disability insurance is a type of insurance product that provides income in the event that a policyholder is prevented from working and earning an income due to a disability. In the United States, individuals can obtain disability insurance from the government through […]

Definition, Examples, Causes, and More

Jennifer E. Engen

If you have any familiarity with the Salem Witch Trials, you already know something about mass hysteria, also known as mass psychogenic illness. Mass hysteria refers to an outbreak of unusual and uncharacteristic behaviors, thoughts and feelings, or health symptoms shared among a group of people. People affected by mass […]