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  • Addiction (Wellness)
    Loss of control over indulging in a substance or performing an action or behavior, and continued craving for it despite negative consquences.
  • aerobic exercise (Wellness)
    physical activity that speeds breathing, improves hear and lung function, and offers many other health benefits. Examples include brisk walking, running, or cycling.
  • alcoholism (Wellness)
    another term for alcohol dependence: A chronic progressive disease characterized by excessive and often compulsive drinking, impaired control over drinking, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is discontinued. Also know as alcoholism.
  • Alzheimer (Wellness)
    a progressive brain disease that causes memory loss, impaired thinking, and personality changes.
  • arthritis (Wellness)
    a condition in which joints are inflamed, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and sometimes loss of movement.
  • craving (Wellness)
    intense, often irrepressible urge for something, often a symptom of dependcence on drugs, alcohol, or addiction.
  • Detoxification (Wellness)
    the process of removing harmful, or toxic, substances from a person's body.
  • heel spur (Wellness)
    an abnormal growth of bone or calcium on the heel bone.
  • inflammation (Wellness)
    the body's reaction to injury or infection. It is characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain.
  • intervention (Wellness)
    a planned, often group, meeting with a person with addiction, with the aim of overcoming denial and inducing the individual to seek treatment.
  • melanin (Wellness)
    a substance that gives the skin, hair, and eyes their natural color.
  • obesity (Wellness)
    a body weight that is much higher than is healthy. Defined as having a body mass index of 30 or more. Obesity puts a person at a greater risk of developing numerous chronic diseases.
  • Palcohol (Wellness)
    Freeze-dried alcohol in a powdered form. It can be sprinkled on food, combined with water to reconstitute any of a number of flavored alcohol drinks. It can be snorted or inhaled for an immediate and potentially dangerous high.
  • Persistent depressive disorder (Wellness)
    depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depresson along with periods of less symptoms, but symptoms must last for 2 years.
  • Postpartum depression (Wellness)
    is more serious that the "baby blues" that many women experience after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
  • Psychotherapy (Wellness)
    Psychotherapy or personal counseling with a psychotherapist, is an intentional interpersonal relationship used to aid a client in problems of living. Psychotherapy may be performed by practitioners with different qualifications, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.
  • Psychotic depression (Wellness)
    this occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having distrubing false beliefs or a break with reality (delusions), or hearing or seeing upsetting thngs that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) (Wellness)
    it is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer. SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy, but nearly half of those with SAD do not get better with light therapy alone. Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or in combination with light therapy.
  • Spice (Wellness)
    Synthetic cannabis is a drug created by spraying natural herbs with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, produce psychoactive effects similar to the effects of cannabis.
  • Wellness (Wellness)
    Wellness is a choice: a decision you make to move toward optimal health. It is a way of life: a balanced lifestyle you design to achieve your highest potential for well-being. Wellness is a process: an understanding that there is no end point, but health and happiness are possible in each and every moment. It is the integration of body, mind, and soul: an awareness that the choices we make in one area affect all others.

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