Addiction and Its Relationship to Other Psychiatric Problems

Mental illness is a common issue. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that close to one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness. Addiction is also a common problem, and sometimes, addiction and other mental illnesses co-occur. Fortunately, psychiatrists like Dr. Mark Stracks of Psy-Visions understand the complex […]

What Does a Manic Episode Look Like?

It is normal to have ups and downs occasionally, but some individuals experience episodes that may be more severe and could be a sign of a condition known as bipolar disorder. This condition can cause extreme variations in mood, from manic to depressive episodes. These extreme mood changes can be distressing and overwhelming, and have […]

Living Your Best Life with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by alternating emotional highs and lows, which are referred to as manic and depressive episodes. A manic episode is marked by excitement and impulsive behavior, while a depressive episode is marked by a lack of energy and low self-esteem. If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, its symptoms […]

Finding the Right Treatment for ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that causes hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and difficulty staying focused. It can impact a variety of aspects of life, ranging from education to work performance to relationships. It’s generally an issue thought of as a concern in children, but adults can suffer from ADHD not diagnosed during childhood, as […]

What are the Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?

People who suffer from bipolar disorder suffer from wide-ranging symptoms. Bipolar episodes give them fits of mania where they may feel invulnerable – only to be brought crashing down by major depressive feelings that can occur at any time with no discernible cause. These episodes can be frequent or rare, which can make the condition […]

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

One of the more difficult mental illnesses to manage, borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is one of the four Cluster B types of personality disorders. With BPD, a person has issues regulating and controlling their emotions. Generally, manifesting during early adulthood, BPD is marked by periods of intense emotion, many moods, problems with self-image, and […]

5 Secret Signs of Hidden Depression

Many people assume it is easy to spot the signs of depression. Sometimes, though – especially in milder cases – depression doesn’t involve crying or feeling obviously unhappy all the time. Sometimes the signs are more subtle. People with hidden depression often don’t want to acknowledge the severity of their depressive feelings in the hope, […]

Bipolar Disorder: Why Do I Feel More Depressed in the Fall?

Autumn’s crisp air and brightly colored foliage bring to mind family gatherings, cozy evenings by the fireplace, and the advent of the holiday season. But some people find themselves feeling down when summer gives way to fall and days shorten. If your mood changes when fall comes around, you’re not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, or […]

Guide to Bipolar Disorder

Those with bipolar disorder – also called manic-depressive illness – experience a range of mental health problems that are characterized by abnormal mood swings. Although everyone experiences ups and downs, the extremes caused by bipolar disorder are extreme and disruptive to themselves and to others. Increased awareness and better treatments have helped reduce the stigma […]

How Dementia Patients Can Benefit from Regular Psychiatric Visits

Many people assume that getting forgetful is just an unavoidable part of aging, but dementia goes beyond normal forgetfulness. There are different types and causes of dementia. If you or a loved one is noticing changes in thinking or the ability to function, a comprehensive exam by an experienced psychiatrist is essential. Continuing psychiatric care […]