Mental Health

How To Treat Treatment Resistant Depression

Depression can make it difficult for people to begin treatment. However, what happens if even though you take the first step toward treatment your depression lingers? A psychiatrist might diagnose you with "treatment-resistant" depression. This is a form of depressive disorder that resists all the commonly prescribed medications and therapies. This type of depression is not uncommon. About a third of depression sufferers experience per...

Do Antidepressants Work?

Answer: Yes! Answer: Yes! Answer: Yes! Antidepressants do not work. This is not to be Clintonian, but the definition of "work" will determine whether or not antidepressantsactually work. The controversial Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that concluded antidepressants were no better than placebos in treating most patients with depression. Jay Fournier, a University of Pennsylvania researcher, analyzed individual data f...

Exercise and Schizophrenia - What is the Link?

You are more susceptible to developing physical and mental health issues that can impact your life expectancy. Because of this, experts continue to study treatment and lifestyle options that may improveyour overall well-being. Research has shown that exercising can prevent schizophrenia from developing. How does exerciserelateto schizophrenia? Schizophrenia can cause weight gain. It could be due to a poor diet or lack exercise. Certain medications can cause you to fe...

Is there a Difference between OCD and Perfectionism?

Are you meticulous about organizing your clothes by color in your closet? You might also keep a detailed calendar with blocks of time for eats, sleep, and commutes. Perhaps you've wondered if your routines aren't enough. OCD, which is an acronym for obsessive compulsive disorder, is often used in jokes and conversations to refer to a light-hearted condition. Sometimes it's tempting to give these small perfectionist quirks a label. However, these are not...

Is Low Testosterone a Cause of Anxiety and Depression?

It's possible to feel that you are just getting older if you experience low sex drive and fatigue. If you are a male or an Amale Man Born (AMAB), and experience a variety of symptoms that combine with persistent depressive moods, hypogonadism could be the cause. It can be difficult to determine if you have low testosteroneor depression. A healthcare professional will need to examine your case. Dr Lawrence Hakim (MD, Urologist) explains how low testosterone can a...

The Tips and Strategies To Stop Overthinking

Everybody has times of worry. However, is there ever a time when it's too easy to worry? Overthinking can be a dangerous habit. It causesstress to focus on the negativeand dwell on the past, worrying about the future, and creates more stress. Instead of solving problems, you dwell on the issue and not come up with any logical solutions. It's almost like a broken record of negativity that repla...

How to recognize signs of Sociopathy

You have probably met someone in your lifetime who has no regard for you or your socialnorms. No matter how hurt they are, they lack the ability to understand right and wrong. It is possible to use the term " sociopathy". Sometimes, it can even happen that you are asking yourself"Do I have Sociopathy?" But it is not as simple as it seems. We spoke with Andrew Coulter MD, psychiatrist about how sociopathy can be tr...

Meditation For PTSD

When you hear the term posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, you might think of a returning combat veteran who has flashbacks of being in battle. PTSD doesn't just affect veterans. According to the VA's National Center for PTSD, 7-8% or 7%-8% (or 7%-8%) of all people will experience PTSD in their lifetime. Meditation can be a helpful tool in treating PTSD. What exactly is PTSD? Some people develop PTSD after experiencing trauma. This could be anything, from being involved i...

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of several personality disorders. People with this condition have an inflated idea of themselves and a need for lots of attention from other people. While it is human nature to feel self-centered and proud from time to time, true narcissists go beyond that. These narcissists also disregard the feelings and opinions of others, as well as their needs. However, there is a big difference between being self-absorb...

The Vicious Cycle of Depression And Obesity

One person climbs the steps to do some exercisein a rehabilitation center in Tahiti. Since 1975, the worldwide obesity rates have nearly tripled. At the same time, rates of depressionhave steadily risen. Since the early2000s, many studies have established a link between these two conditions, showing that the prevalence of depression in people with obesity is twice as high as in people of a healthy weight. Elina Hypponen (director of the Aus...

Anorexia Nervosa In Adults: Clinical Features

Anorexia (an-o-REK-see-uh) nervosa - often simply called anorexia- is an eatingdisorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. Anorexic people place great importance on their body and shape. They make extreme effort to control their weight, which can significantly disrupt their daily lives. People with anorexia restrict how much foodthey consume to avoid weight gain. They may control calori...

Effects of Bulimia on The Body

Like all eatingdisorders, bulimia is a serious illness. This can lead to permanent harm and death. Bulimia is characterized by eating large quantities of foodor binging, then trying to lose calories through what's called a purge. These behaviors can include vomiting or excessive exercise, as well as the use of diuretics or laxatives. These behaviors could cause damage to your entire body. Bulimia also affects your brai...

Diagnosing Tic Disorders

Persistent ticdisorders (including Tourette syndrome) may affect about 1.4 million people in the U.S. Tics can be described as sudden movements, twitches or sounds people make repeatedly. Tics are a condition in which the body cannot stop doing certain things. One example is a person suffering from a motor tic that causesthem to blink over and over again, while someone with a vocal or vocal tic can make a grunting noise unintentionally. To diagnos...

Drugs To Treat Mental Illness

You can choose from many different drugsto managemental disorders. The most popular medications are stimulant medication, anti- anxietyand anti-psychotic drugs. How do you treat depressionwith drugs? There are many options for treating depression. The most common are: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) include citalopram, escitalopram oxalate(Lexapro), fluoxetine [Prozac], fluvoxamine (“Luvox”), citalopram” (Celexa), fluoxetine [Proz...

Orthorexia: when a Commitment to Eating Healthy Goes Too Far

Turning down the donuts a coworker brings to the office and packing a salad for lunch every day may be a reason to pat yourselfon the back for your commitment to healthy eating, right? Yes. But what if the sight of those donuts causesanxiety? You might also find that eating a plain salad is a routine. It's easy to become too obsessed with healthy eating. You may even be correct. Recent research has shown that some peop...

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavior disorder in which a child displays a pattern of an angry or cranky mood, defiant or combative behavior, and vindictiveness toward people in authority. This child is likely to disrupt their family's daily activities, as well as school and home. Children, especially in their earlyteens and "terrible twos," are not afraid to challenge authority. Sometimes, they may speak back, argue or disobey their teachers and parents. ODD is...

Psychedelic Drugs To Treat Depression, PTSD?

Jon Lubecky had run out of options, so he decided to check into a tiny house that has been converted to a clinic outside Charleston. This former Army artillery sergeant was suffering from post-traumatic Stress since his return from Iraq. One of those shells sent shrapnel through his outhouse, which he was spending the nightin. Lubecky was struck by the shrapnel, but he suffered a brain injury from the blast. He found out that his wife had abandoned him when he retur...

What Is Reality Therapy?

Mental health plays an integral part in your overall well-being. You have many choices today when it comes to your mental health. Many experts agree that talk therapy can be very beneficial for those seeking guidance. There are several different kinds of therapy. One of them that may be helpful for you is realitytherapy. Background of Reality Therapy Reality therapy was developed in 1965 by Dr. William Glasser. Since then, it has become a widely accepted and used form ...

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT seems to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain mental health conditions. ECT can be used in cases where other therapies have failed or when all of the treatment options are exhausted. But it is not always effec...

Six Ways to Survive an Existential Crisis

You can be rocked by certain life-changing events. Other changes can leave you feeling confused and unsure of what the point is. These feelings can lead to an existentialcrisis. According to psychologist Susan Albers PsyD, an existential crisis can be described as a natural transitional stage that many people go through. You might begin to question where you're at in your own life when you face the realitythat some event in your life will cause you to die. But ...

It's normal to speak with yourself:

You might find the perfect person to have a conversation with as you work through your many problems. You can see yourselfin the mirror. It is an effective way to increase motivation, ease nerves and solve difficult problems. Grace Tworek (Psychotherapist), a health psychologist, says that self-talk is a good way to reflect on your feelings and organise thoughts. Let's have a chat about the subject. Is Self-talk Healthy? Many ...

Autism Early Warning

People with autismare poor at interaction and communication, have difficulty in interpreting the emotions of others, and often have narrow interests, poor imagination and display obsessive behaviour. Autism manifests as socialdysfunction and is usually only apparent when the child starts to socialize with others - typically around three years old, or when they enter kindergarten. However, signs of autism may not appear as soon as they do. It is generally ...

Is Generation Smartphone more Prone to Unhappiness than Social Work?

Our mobile devices are our newsstands, newspapers, and gateways to socialmedia via platforms like Facebook or Instagram. A pale blue glow has encapsulated modern life with smartphones occupying three quarters and tablets by the other half. Jean Twenge from San Diego State University is a psychologist. She wrote iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Children Are Growing up Less Rebellious and More Tolerant. In a study published in November in Clinical Psycholog...

Age-Related Signs Of Autism

For parents and their baby, the first laughs, first words, or first steps can be exciting milestones. What if your child isn't able to reach these milestones? Are these possible warning signs of autism? Autism and Missed Milestones Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears before age 3 and can be diagnosed in children as young as 18 months old. Signs of autism focus on key pro...

Interpersonal Therapy For Depression

Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, focused treatment for depression. IPT is a short-term, focused treatment for depression that addresses interpersonalissues. Studies show it to be just as effective than antidepressants. It was originally developed for adults to help with depression, but it is now being recommended to children to also be used to combat adolescent depressive symptoms. Depression is not caused by events that oc...

The Hormonal Keys To Depression

Torbjorn backstrom was a 1970 medical student. He didn't get why women who appeared to have good mental health were being kept at a facility for psychiatry. Backstrom, along with his colleagues, learned that the woman, who had previously been violently attacking people and was being admitted to Backstrom's hospital once a month. Backstrom recalls that this was becoming a pattern and she didn't understand why she had been forced to be taken into custody. ...

How Common Is ADHD?

You may hear more now about ADHD than ever, but just how common is it? It's not possible to tell exactly because different research methods have been used to answer this question. According to many reports, the disease affects anywhere from 5% up to 8% of children in school age. However, the CDC has now put it at 11%. Some studies were based on parents stating that their child was diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare provider. Craig Surman MD co-author Fast Minds, How to T...

What Is Art Therapy?

When you hear the words " arttherapy," what comes to mind? How to colour in an adult coloring page? Take a Paint-and-Sip class. Making a collage out of old concert tickets or arranging fresh-cut flowers. These activities are art, but they don't offer art therapy. Tammy Shella (art therapy manager), PhD, ATR.BC explains art therapy, its benefits, and the actual job of an art therapist. Art Therapy Has Been around for how long? What does it entail?...

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrumdisorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in socialinteraction and communication. This disorder can cause repetitive, limited behavior patterns. Autism spectrum disorder is known by the term "spectrum". It refers to the large range of severity and symptoms. Asperger’s, autismspectrum dis...

Bipolar Disorder Treatment Overview

The exact causesof bipolardisorder are unknown. Experts believe it may be due to life stress or genes. However, symptoms could also result from problems with the nerve circuits, which control emotions and thoughts. Combining medication with counseling is usually the best option for treating bipolar disorder. People with severe symptoms, such as bipolar disorder or those who cannot take medications, may find other treatments like electroconvulsive treatmen...

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which there was serious physical harm or threat. Traumatic ordeals that result in fear, terror, and helplessness can lead to PTSD. PTSD may be caused by traumas such as physical or sexual assault, death unexpectedly of a fami...

Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a condition found in children who may have had grossly negligent care and don't form healthy emotional attachments with their primary caregivers -- usually their mothers -- before age 5. When a caregiver is consistent in meeting the needs of the child, attachment develops. A child's attachment to a caregiver who is loving, protective, and trustworthy helps him or her to learn to respec...

Autism: what is A Visual Schedule?

With Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses continuing to rise, it's critical to develop intervention techniques to teach autistic individuals, specifically children, how to handle day-to-day activities. Visual schedules can be used as an intervention tool for autistic people. These visualschedules help them learn new skills and develop routines. Some people are still confused about the visual schedules, and how they can help kids develop skills. This is a guide to help. What'...

How does our brain react when we exceed our mental limit?

Although May is Mental Health Awareness Month this year, the troubling events in recent years remind us to take care of our mental health each day. There have been mass shootings since January and suicides of influential celebrities and others. These events may be linked to psychological turmoil. While many people might ascribe these events to "snapping" triggered by anger or depression, Timothy Fong, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Seme...

Is Retail Therapy For Real?

You may remember shopping when you were feeling down or anxious. Does retailtherapy really make you feel better? What Is Retail Therapy? Retail therapy is when you go shopping for the main purpose of making yourselffeel better. An overwhelming 62% said they bought items to lift their spirits. Another 28% bought something to celebrate. What makes shopping make you feel better? Many people think of retail therapy as wasteful. There ...

How Travel Affects Mental Health

You might consider traveling if you feel that your work and life are getting repetitive. You might have one place that you love to visit once a year or you may enjoy traveling to new locations. Getting out and traveling can have many benefits for both your mental and your physical health. Exploring new places and immersing yourselfin new cultures is mentally stimulating. Doing this regularly can have great effectson your mental health. The benefits of traveling Eve...

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Diagnosis of separationanxietydisorder involves determining whether your child is going through a normal stage of development or the issue is actually a disorder. After ruling out any medical conditions, your child's pediatrician may refer you to a child psychologist or child psychiatrist with expertise in anxiety disorders. To help diagnose separation anxiety disorder, your mental health professi...

Causes Of Stress

Children won't cease screaming. Your boss has been harassing you for late reporting. You owe thousands of dollars to the IRS. You're seriously stressed out. Stress is actually a normal part of life. Sometimes, stress serves a purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don't get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. More than half of A...

Breathing Exercises For Anxiety

In many cases, the stressful nature of anxietycan actually make the anxiety itself worse, resulting in a negativefeedback loop. People who suffer from anxiety-related "breathlessness" or difficulty catching their breathe, are particularly vulnerable. You can control anxiety by learning to manageyour breathingin times of anxiety. Deep breathing and other breathing techniques have been shown in multiple studies to help reduce anxi...

Natural Remedies To Alleviate Anxiety

Some anxietyis a normal part of life. You might feel a certain amount of unease or uncertainty when it comes to stressful situations such as taking a test, giving a presentation, or meeting new people. A little bit of anxiety can sometimes be good in some cases. This helps you be aware of possible dangers and encourages you to prepare. However, anxiety is more frequent for some people. It is so...

Benefits of Yoga For Mental Health

Over 36 million Americans are practicing yoga. There are many other millions of people who practice it worldwide. The spiritual and philosophical roots of yoga are thousands years old. Yoga is a popular practice in America, where many seek its physical and mental benefits. There are also powerful benefits of yoga for your mental health. Yoga has psychological benefits Yoga comes in many forms. Hatha yoga is the most popular type of yoga in America...

Do Anxiety Rings Really Help Manage Stress?

Add a ring to it. A popular TikTok trend, an anxietyring is a piece of jewelry designed to help those who feel nervous or experience panic. Worried about a big work presentation or stressed about a big life change like buying a house or having a baby? At different points in our lives, anxiety may affect us. It is possible to have problems sleeping, have difficulties concentrating and experience heart palpitations or sweating. You're not the only one. Anxiety dis...

3 Strategies To Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does it seem like you are struggling with winter and fall? If you are used to the warmer months, it's perfectly normal for you to feel down. But if you routinely feel sad for no reason, have trouble sleeping and spend most of your days on the couch eatingcomfort foodand binge-watching your favorite shows, you might be experiencing seasonalaffective disorder (SAD). What does SAD mean? SAD, also called seasonal depression, is...

Binge Eating Disorder

People have all experienced eatingdisorders at times, especially when it was during special events or holidays. Binge eating disorder is different. It feels like you have no choice but to eat, even though you may be feeling full. It's possible that you eat fast, even though it doesn't feel hungry. It makes you feel embarrassed. Contrary to bulimia where you try to make yourselffeel ashamed, laxatives or exerciseafter binging, this is not the case. Treatment can help you o...

Alcohol use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic illness in which you can't stop or control your drinking even though it's hurting your sociallife, your job, or your health. The range includes alcoholabuse. This is where drinking can have serious consequences. This includes alcohol dependence, or alcoholism. It is when your drinking habits are out of control. You can learn more about symptoms of alcohol addiction. How much alcohol is too much? Expert...

Signs Of Social Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It's the body's way of reacting to stress. In some cases, however, anxietycan become overwhelming. A person who experiences a lot of anxiety frequently might have an anxiety disorder. An anxiety condition that is experienced in socialsettings is called social anxiety. What's social anxiety? The defining feature of social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is intense anxi...

Do Beta-Blockers Work For Anxiety?

Some situations can cause your heart to beat faster, or your hands to start shaking. Perhaps it is getting on an aircraft. You might also be able to speak in public. You might also take a large test. For people who experience situational or performance-related anxiety, beta-blockers (a medication commonly prescribed for heart conditions) can provide some relief. We talked with psychiatrist Jack Owens, MD, about how beta-blockers work...

Benefits of Sports For Mental Health

You can increase your overall health by engaging in sports. Perhaps you enjoy sports because it allows you to spend quality time with friends. You might also enjoy sports for their physical benefits. Sports benefit your mental health too. Playing them makes you happier or less stressed. You can relax, improveyour mental health, and strengthen your muscles through sports. These benefits can be easily incorporated into your daily life by getting started in sport. ...

Five Strategies to Stop Emotional Eating

Standing at the freezer and sighing after a heated argument with your spouse, you look for ice cream. You sit on the couch and mindlessly munch through a whole bag of chips after a stressful day. This is called emotional eating. You might have heard it called "stress eating," but "emotional" is more accurate, says registered dietitian Anna Kippen, MS, RDN, LD. Many negativeemotions - including anger, sadness and stress - can trigger bad eating habits. Problem is, the feel-good foody...

6 Do's and Don'ts for Supporting someone who Has Depression

Your friend has noticed changes that are concerning you. You're not sure if it's depressionor just a bad few days, but you want to help. Where do you begin? Adam Borland is a clinical psychologist and therapist. What can you do to tell if someone is suffering from depression? Most Americans experience depression, regardless of whether it's something they have personally experienced or if it i...

Why you Shouldn't Rely on Alcohol during Times Of Stress

It's not uncommon for some people to unwind from a rough, stressful day by drinking alcohol. You can have a glass or three of wine, a strong martini, or just a chilled beer. The idea is to relax. Although there is nothing wrong with a few drinks, experts warn that alcohol has the potential to make you feel worse. You can make a difference in many different ways. The behavioral impact Denise Graham, a counselor in Cleveland Clinic's Alcohol an...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder- GAD

Generalized anxietydisorder (or GAD) is marked by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events for no obvious reason. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. Everybody feels some anxiety from time to time, and it is not uncommon for people with GAD to feel this. GAD people often feel unrealistic worry or are out of control. GAD can make daily ...

Does CBD help With Anxiety?

There has been a lot of talk and discussion about CBD over the past few years. Since CBD was legalized at the federal level, its availability and sales have increased dramatically across the U.S. Many stores stock CBD, and many brands promote benefits such as pain relief or sleep aids. There are many options for CBD, such as CBD gummies or CBD oils. You also have the option to buy CBD lotions, CBD oils and CBD-infused sodas. And one big claim CBD sup...

How to Cope with Holiday Stress And Depression

Many people view the holidays as a time for joy and celebration. Others experience completely different emotions. It can be a time of year rife with stress, sadness, depressionand loneliness. However, it does not have to be that way. Psychologist Dawn Potter, PsyD, outlines the causesof this holidaydepression, some of the signs you're experiencing it, even if you don't realize it, and how to managethese tough times. Causes Of Holid...

Baby Blues Vs. Postpartum Depression

Being a parent is one of life's most rewarding experiences. It is a relief for both the physical and emotional senses to finally give birth. However, it is possible to feel less enthusiastic in the days following your birth. In fact, it is possible to feel depressed or even cry at any moment. You might find this behavior bewildering. It's not due to the adorable baby that you are now caring for. Let's find out what is going on. Are The Baby...

What is the Connection between Food and Mood?

Fall and winter are full of wonderful things, such as changing leaves, decorating with Christmas ornaments, and hosting family events. Winter blues can set in when the weather turns colder and more dreary. Try eatingcertain foods to improveyour mood. Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist, says that the foods we eat can have a profound impact on our moods, sleep patterns, and energy levels. And that could i...

How Hypnotherapy Eases Anxiety

Now, more than ever, it's not unusual to experience a wide range of emotions, especially anxiety. It can be difficult to deal with anxiety. That constant gnawing feeling of stress, of worry, can attach itself to you and dominate your life and your well-being. Although there are many excellent anxiety treatments, hypnotherapyis the one worth considering. Although the mere mention of "hypnosis” may cause some...

Illness Anxiety Disorder

Illness anxietydisorder, sometimes called hypochondriasisor health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill. You may have no physical symptoms. Sometimes, you might believe your normal symptoms and body sensations indicate a severe condition. A thorough medical exam does not reveal any serious conditions. Extreme anxiety can be caused by a serious condition. For example, you may feel fatigue or muscle twitching. This excessive anxiety - rather ...

Mindful Moments: Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

A recent Cleveland Clinic and Parade survey shows many of us are struggling with mental health in the wake of the pandemic. How can we recharge our batteries and get refocused when there are only so many hours in the day? Answer: Taking small breaks throughout the day to practice self-care is more crucial than ever. Kia-Rai Prewitt is a psychologist and PhD. She breaks down these survey data to help us improveour...

Fibromyalgia And Depression

Many studies link fibromyalgiaand depression. People with fibromyalgia have a three-fold higher chance of developing depression after being diagnosed than people without it. Researchers are interested in the brain's effectson depression. Others look at abnormalities of the sympathetic nervous system -- the part of the nervous system that determines how you handle stress and emergencies. The abnormalities may cause a greater sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia is the result,...

Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

Depression is a mood disorder that causesfeelings of sadness that won't go away. There is a stigma attached to depression. Depression is not a sign of weakness. Depression is not about feeling sad. People who are depressed can't simply get over it. Depression can be serious and easily treated. You are not the only one suffering from depression. People of all races, ages, and income levels are affected by depression. About one o...

How To Manage Stress

Stress. Every day we deal with stress. But how do you react to daily stress? Some people find that stressors in life cause them to be irritable, quick-tempered or have trouble concentrating on their tasks. Some people have trouble falling asleep, or wake up with racing thoughts. Others may eat junk foodas a way to get their fix. Keep in mind that desserts can be stressed by being spelled backwards. It is possible to control str...

Depression And Anxiety: Exercise Eases Symptoms

Depression and anxietysymptoms often improvewith exercise. These are realistic suggestions to get you started and keep you motivated. When you have depressionor anxiety, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. Exercise can help you feel motivated. High blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, and high blood sugar can all be prevented or improved by exercising. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows tha...

Are Positive Affirmations Effective?

Does it really matter if you believe in it? A self-help strategy for positive affirmationsis to use that phrase. You can overcome fear, self-sabotage, and self-doubt with these daily affirmations. Lauren Alexander PhD, Psychologist, shares how affirmations every day can increase your self-confidence and help you to face the world. What is a positive affirmation? What are positive affirmations? They're phrases that you say aloud, or can utter in your head to affirm yourself. T...

Signs of An Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are a group of conditions marked by an unhealthy relationship with food. Three main kinds of eatingdisorders exist: Anorexia is nervosa. It is characterised by excessive exercise and dieting, which can sometimes lead to weight loss. Anorexia sufferers feel incapable of being thin enough. They continue to view themselves as fat despite losing extreme weight.A disorder of restri...

How to Turn your Negative Thinking Around

Do you allow negativity to dominate your thoughts? You are doing your self a disservice if you allow negativethoughts to dominate your thinking about other people and situations, as well as yourself. Scott Bea, PsyD is here to answer questions about negative thinking. Also, he explains what it means to be more optimistic. Q: Which problems can negative thinking cause? Negative thinking can make you feel down about yourself and the future. Low self-worth is a result of ...

How to Calm your Anxiety At Night

You're at bedtime and no one is awake except for you racing thoughts. Why is it that even after a relatively anxiety-free day, our minds sometimes go into overdrive when our heads hit the pillow? Psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD, talks about how to calm anxiety at nightand even prevent it from happening in the first place. Why Do You Get Anxiety At Night? To unwind at night, your brain will turn to the problems it hasn't had time to solve during the ...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that causesrepeated unwanted thoughts or sensations (obsessions) or the urge to do something over and over again (compulsions). Sometimes, people have both obsessions or compulsions. OCD doesn't involve negativethinking or biting your nails. OCD can be defined as an obsessive belief about certain numbers and colors. Despite not wanting to do or think these th...

Types Of Depression

It's normal to feel down once in a while, but if you're sad most of the time and it affects your daily life, you may have clinical depression. You can manageit with medication and therapy. There are several types of depression. You can experience some depression through life events, but chemical changes within your brain may cause other types. No matter the cause of your depression, you should first let your doctor know what's go...

How Biting your Nails - Onychophagia is Affecting your Health

Onychophagia (also known as biting your nails) is very common. Up to 30% of people do it. If you are persistent in nail biting, it could cause damage to your nails and skin. And don't forget to put your fingers in your mouth regularly, as this could potentially spread bacteria. Good news: Quitting is possible for almost everyone. This is what you should know in order to stop nail biting. How people bit their nails. Most people get sta...

How to Deal with Depersonalization

Do you feel a bit fuzzy or distant looking out into the distance? It's like being in a dream state or light trance and looking out at the world from afar, watching yourselfand others as if you were an outsider. It can feel a little scary if you aren't used to that sensation. However, it is not a nightmare. Depersonalization is a real thing. However, you're not the only person who may experience this condition. Susan A...

Need Help Overcoming Social Anxiety?

After years of socialisolation, you may feel out of touch with social interactions. It's normal to feel anxious when you go out on social occasions. However, when these nervous feelings persist - and cause you great anguish - you might have a social anxietydisorder. "Social anxiety is one of those disorders where the name is pretty accurate in describing what it is," says psychologist Dawn Potter, PsyD. "It's anxiety that occurs in a social situation. If y...

Mental Health Benefits Of Decluttering

If you're looking for an easy way to reduce stress, declutteringyour environment may be a good place to start. Getting rid of excess stuff can benefit your mental health by making you feel calmer, happier, and more in control. It can lead to a happier mind and a cleaner space. Decluttering has many benefits Stress can be increased by untidy living environments. One study found that women w...

Anxiety And Panic Disorders

Panic attacks, which can cause intense fear and feelings of doom over a brief time period (up to 10 minutes), are associated with at minimum four of these: Overwhelming Fear (of losing control of going insane)PalpitationsExerciseTremblingA shortness of breathChoking SenseChest painNauseaDizzinessFeeling detached from the outside world (de-realization).Fear of deathTingling or numbness in your entire body or the limbsHot flushes and chills Panic attacks and panicdis...

Coping With Anxiety

Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxietyaround for everyone these days. Of course, we cannot change the root cause of anxiety. You need to recognize when you should seek help for your anxiety. To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety -- and how to better cope -- WebMD turned to two anxiety experts: Jerilyn Ross, MA, LICSW, director of The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders...

The Brain and Air Pollution

USC researchers have come together to discover the link between air quality and brain health. Jennifer Ailshire, a Southern California gerontologist and sociologist wonders if she should ride her bike to explore the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. Another sunny morning in Southern California. The USC gerontologist, sociologist, and USC socioologist at Glendale clicks the Air Quality Index from her laptop to determine if it is safe to ride. Jiu Chiuan Chen, 35 mile...

How Music Affects Mental Health

If you've ever released stress by dancing around your room to your favorite tunes or enjoyed a good cry with the help of a touching love song, you know how powerful musiccan be. You can find it lifting you up when your mood is low or calming you when you are anxious. Music can be a great tool to regulate mood and reduce stress. Music is always accessible to all who need it. The benefits of music No matter if...