Discover 5 disorders that are common today but didn’t exist a hundred years ago.
You might think that medicine is working towards eradicating illnesses and disorders off the face of the earth. Well, to some extent that is true, but science has not been able to prevent new disorders from emerging.
There are many ways for new disorders to emerge, whether due to new technology, social change or even, indirectly, science itself. In other cases, it simply just took researchers a while to recognize a condition as a disorder.
Social Media Anxiety Disorder
Well as you might have figured out from the title, Social Media Anxiety Disorder did not exist before social media. For past two decades, people have become more dependent on social media to connect and communicate. However, it has come with a lot of pressure for some people who are having a hard time coping. Their lives on social media might be more stressful than those in real life. The disorder is characterized by intense anxiety about how you are perceived by your social media friends.
While formerly thought to be a side effect if Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, researchers have found that Hoarding Disorder produces a different brain pattern, making it an independent disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the need to check things repeatedly or having unwanted recurring thoughts, Hoarding Disorder is the strong urge to have an illogical large quantities of useless things.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
It is similar to pre-menstrual syndrome, also known as PMS, but is way more intense. Like PMS, PMDD happens a few days before a woman’s period, but unlike PMS, the symptoms of PMDD are usually unbearable. While symptoms of PMS include mild mood swings and irritability, PMDD symptoms include depression, anxiety and anger. PMDD was first recognized until 1993, before that all PMDD cases were treated ad PMS.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There have been many names for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), like shell shock, battle stress, combat fatigue and traumatic war neurosis. It was given such names because it affected soldiers from World War I in large numbers. It wasn’t until 1980 that the the term and modern categorization of PTSD was defined.