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Understand some of the terminology associated with mental health.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. Other causes are not yet known. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop.

Behavioral Health
Behavioral health generally refers to mental health and substance use disorders, life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. Behavioral health care refers to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of those conditions.

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorders, or manic-depressive illness, is a group of disorders characterized by the presence of pronounced high-energy phases known as manic episodes. Typically, unusual shifts in mood and energy manifest in increased activity levels and impair the ability to function. The impairment created by bipolar disorder can be severe and can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.

Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, it is estimated that 5% of adults suffer from the disorder. It is characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. It can also disturb sleep and appetite.

Mental Health
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A psychiatric nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with a graduate degree and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Psychiatric nurse practitioners provide talk therapy and may prescribe medication based on state regulations.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD or DO) with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, may provide specialized brain stimulation treatments, and may provide talk therapy.

A person who specializes in the study of mind and behavior or in the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders: a specialist in psychology.

Social Worker
Commonly referred to as counselors or therapists, all have a master’s degree and are trained to diagnose mental health conditions and substance use disorders. They provide various types of talk therapy and they do not prescribe medication.