Getting Help for Addictions

First thing’s first. Addiction is an illness. It is not a sign of weakness, in fact, admitting you may have a problem and seeking help is one of the bravest things you can do. But where do you start to get the help you need to overcome something that seems stronger than every part of […]

Treating PTSD Night Terrors

If you scream and flail in your sleep for a few seconds to a few minutes, it’s highly likely that you suffer from night terrors. One thing’s for sure, it’s an undesired occurrence that not only negatively affects you but also the people around you. While anyone can suffer from night terrors, there are some […]

What Happens in a Panic Attack?

One minute you are fine, maybe even looking forward to something. The next minute you are struck with panic. And not just panic – your body starts to respond with acute physical symptoms. Even if this isn’t your first panic attack, it always feels like the first time. Anyone who says “it’s all in your […]

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 […]

A Loved One Suffers from PTSD

Life is filled with ups and downs; everyone has suffered loss, regret, pain and fear. But for some who experience or are witness to trauma – from seeing first-hand the horrors of war and human suffering to experiencing abuse or danger – the memories are closely held often buried deep. Oftentimes the effects of these […]

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, […]

Teenagers and ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common condition that affects children as well as adults. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the hallmark signs of ADHD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10 percent of children between 4 and 17 have the condition. Most often, children are first diagnosed […]

Grief and the Holidays: How to Cope

No matter what time of year it is, there is always a reason to celebrate. Holidays, graduations, anniversaries and birthdays are all great reasons to spend time with family and friends, honor traditions, and appreciate loved ones. But for those who have suffered a loss, grief is often an unwanted companion. If you are experiencing […]

How ADHD Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is better known by its acronym:  ADHD. Diagnosis of children and adults with ADHD has increased over the past decade, along with a greater understanding of the condition. Following diagnosis, many people are put on medication to control better their focus and decrease hyperactivity. There’s some debate as to whether these […]