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The Challenges of Delusional Disorder

Psychiatric disorders can be especially frightening and confusing when they involve a loss of touch with reality. In clinical terms, this is known as psychosis. There are several types of psychotic disorders, with schizophrenia being one of the most common. Individuals with schizophrenia often experience hallucinations (e.g. seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) and …

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Alcohol and Depression

Problems associated with alcohol and depression are closely correlated. People who suffer from depression may turn to alcohol as a form of self-medication. Long-term use may result in dependency. Every time a person gets depressed, they may reach for the bottle to cope with the symptoms of their condition. Alcohol abuse can, in turn, intensify …

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What Are the Subtle Trauma Effects?

Even the smallest childhood traumas can strongly influence our adult lives. We tend to think of early trauma as violence, sexual abuse, neglect and loss, or as something caused by major catastrophes, crimes or accidents. There are many different levels of overt trauma. However, there are subtle trauma effects that can lead to major consequences. …

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Is Depression Hereditary in Families?

From red-haired curls to dimpled cheeks, certain characteristics run in families. But not every inherited trait is as harmless as a dimpled cheek. Some families struggle with a darker legacy: depression. People who live with this mental illness aren’t just blue-they often feel hopeless, helpless, and, in the most serious cases, suicidal. The symptoms are …

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Teach Your Children About Substance Use

“Teach your children well,” a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song famously advises. Children are impressionable, like tofu that absorbs the flavor of whatever it’s immersed in. But sadly, many children are immersed in unsavory environments. It’s time to learn how to teach your children about substance use. Influence of Parental Attitudes Some parents say …

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Schizophrenia Myths and Misconceptions

What happens when you or someone you love no longer lives in reality? From imagining enemies around every corner to experiencing confused thoughts that make normal life impossible, schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that makes it hard to tell what’s real-and what’s not. Schizophrenia is a very complex illness that almost always requires ongoing mental …

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OCD Alternative Treatments

Intrusive thoughts that won’t go away. Disturbing impulses. Compulsive behaviors that don’t make sense. No matter how hard you try to stop or control them, you can’t. That’s the nature of the challenging and complex anxiety disorder known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD for short. OCD can manifest in a variety of ways, ranging from …

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Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s way of alerting a person that danger is near. As such, it is a normal reaction to stressful situations. However, when anxiety gets out of control, or when a person feels anxious all of the time, it is possible that they have a disorder. The signs of anxiety will eventually surface, …

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OCD in High School

“Oh, I’m so OCD.” It’s become a common expression, exclaimed by someone who is a bit overly tidy or who likes to eat their candies by color. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is, in actuality, a serious condition that causes immense, almost unbearable unrest and discomfort in individuals who struggle with it. It is relatively common, with …

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