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Understanding Panic Disorder: Fear, heart palpitations, terror, a sense of impending doom, dizziness, fear of fear.  The words used to describe panic disorder are often frightening, but there is hope.  Treatment can benefit virtually everyone who has this condition.  It is extremely important for the person who has panic disorder to learn about the problem and the availability of effective treatments and to seek help.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting research related to mental disorders, mental health, and the brain, has conducted a nationwide education program on panic disorder.  This program's purpose is to educate the public and health care professionals about the disorder and encourage people with it to obtain effective treatment.

Unusual Life-Threatening Disorders: Not all patients suffering a life-threatening disorder are in the hospital, much less a critical care unit with all the necessary emergency equipment and trained personel available,  These situations may occur in yuour home, at the Little League game, in a car accident, with macinery in a factory, and on and on.  You may be at any place, at any time, when these disorders occur.  Some may occur in an accident, such as traumatic amputation, a ruptured uterus in the delivery room, as a complication of anesthesia, or a complication of a chronic disorder.  The pathophysiology of each condition as well as the identification of persons who are high risk for the condition will be covered.  The nursing care of the patient will be presented as well as symptoms that the condition is progressing to life-threatening status.

Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: They May be Life-Threatening and Possible Agents of Bioterrorism:Viral hemorrhagic fevers are a group of diseases that are caused by several distinct families of viruses.  In general, the term "viral hemorrhagic fever" is used to describe a severe multi-system syndrome (multi-system in that multiple organ systems in the body are affected).  Characteristically, the overall vascular system is damaged, and the body's ability to regulate iself is impaired.  These symptoms are often accompanied by hemorrhage.  However, the bleeding itself is rarely life-threatening.  While some types of hemorrhagic fever viruses can cause relatively mild illnessess, many of these viruses cause severe, life-threatening disease.

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