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Mental Illness Statistics

Mental illness statistics show that tens of millions of Americans struggle with a mental health condition each year. In 2018, 19.1% of Americans struggled with mental health problems, while another 11.4 million Americans battled a serious illness. Mental health disorders can be difficult to live with, especially if you don’t receive treatment. While mental health…

Brain Shrinkage Seen in Women With Late-Stage Bipolar Disorder

Recent findings from a team of American researchers point toward a telltale shrinkage in brain size in women who have late-stage bipolar I disorder. Current evidence indicates that the effects of various bipolar illnesses can grow substantially worse over time, and researchers note clear differences between early-stage cases of these illnesses and late-stage cases. In…

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Daylight

A small study from the University of Siena in Italy suggests that photophobia—fear of bright light—is associated with panic disorder (PD). Certain features of panic disorder led the researchers to suspect that a fear of light might be connected to panic disorder. Exposure to fluorescent lights has been known to trigger panic attacks, and it…

Should You Hide Your Mental Illness at Work?

If you have a mental illness, you’re far from alone. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, 26.2 percent of American adults, or one in four, have a diagnosable mental health condition. This means you are just one among nearly 58 million Americans struggling with mental illness. Statistically, you likely work with people…

The Difficulties of Bipolar Mothers 

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder affecting literally millions of Americans. Some of those struggling to overcome intense mood swings are brand new mothers. A study of women with various kinds of mental health disorders found that pregnant and post-partum moms with bipolar may have the toughest time of all. Researchers from Brown University conducted…

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What Is Psychological Wholeness? Are You There Yet?

Many of us spend years obsessing about neuroses, worrying we might inherit a psychological illness from one parent or another, consuming one self-help regimen after another, contemplating self-improvement while slumping in dim therapy offices, revealing what we perceive as our psychological failures. We may continue to repeat this cycle, unaware of the fact that all…

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Is Depression Causing You to Make Poor Decisions?

Under favorable circumstances, most people will do their best to think logically and make good decisions. However, life frequently produces circumstances that are far from favorable, and the impact of adverse conditions can significantly degrade the quality of the decision-making process. In a study published in 2009 in the journal Psychological Science, a team of…