Psychological disorders can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes it's hard to know if what you are feeling or experiencing is a genuine psychological problem. Remember that the definition of a syndrome or disorder is simply a list of symptoms that together describe a human condition. In the medical literature, these symptoms are physical. In psychology and psychiatry, these can be a combination of physical and emotional signs and symptoms. The reason why a diagnosis is assigned to certain symptoms is that it allows for a particular understanding. For example, when you have a clinical diagnosis of Depression, we know this diagnosis describes certain symptoms. We also have a body of research on depression that indicates what kinds of treatments are effective. Nobody likes to be labeled, and certainly each of us in unique and has unique experiences.

For the purposes here, we will look at some of the most common psychological or psychiatric disorders. This may be helpful to you in deciding if you should seek professional help. I will not be discussing disorders of childhood or substance abuse disorders. However, as a Licensed Psychologist, I am qualified to answer any questions you may have regarding clinical psychology. Please feel free to ask a question even if it doesn't fall into the following categories. Your question may help somebody else.

The following are diagnoses that are most commonly seen in my clinical practice.


1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
2. Panic Disorder with or without agoraphobia
3. Phobias
4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
6. Acute Stress Disorder

Psychological Disorders: Anxiety Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


1. Major Depression
2. Bipolar Disorder
3. Seasonal Affective Disorder

Psychological Disorders: Depression


1. Anorexia Nervosa
2. Bulemia Nervosa
3. Eating Disorder non specified

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Eating Disorders


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