Addiction Affects Everyone

Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It affects beautiful, talented Hollywood actors. It affects disenfranchised youth. It plagues the lives of young and old, rich and poor, men and women and people of every ethnic color. It would be hard to meet someone whose life has remained untouched in any way by the problem. In…

Are You at Risk for an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders impact millions of people at some point during their lifetimes.  From excessive worry to extreme avoidance of certain types of social situations, anxiety is distressing and can even be debilitating.  It negatively impacts relationships, damages or derails careers, and often causes self-confidence to plummet.  It can make what should be a happy life…

Schizoid Personality Disorder

Aloof, indifferent, unable to experience pleasure, seemingly incapable of interacting socially – these are some of the indicators of schizoid personality disorder. When a woman is diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder, she may not want treatment, preferring to be left alone. While developing a warm, productive therapeutic relationship may seem impossible, women with schizoid personality…

Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

Having a baby is usually a joyous occasion. After a safe delivery, maternal instincts begin to grow. Bonding begins as a mother finally gets to hold her child in her arms and continues through each feeding, swaddling, and kiss goodnight. But some women cannot enjoy these wonderful new bonding emotions and, rather, find themselves drifting…

Eating Disorders May Run in Families

Given that eating disorders are one of the most life-threatening of all mental illnesses, the obvious question is what precipitates the disorder? Some suggest that societal obsession with youth and thinness as the standards of beauty drive fragile females to the brink. Others wonder if something is awry in the family dynamic or if the…