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10-14-15 Category: Mental Health

Projection is a common defense mechanism that causes more harm than good. This is closely linked to transference, and the two can wreak havoc on an individual’s mental health and interpersonal relationships. Understanding these defense mechanisms and why they are often employed can give people insight into their own relationships and how to more effectively […]


Defense mechanisms, first defined by Anna Freud in 1936’s “The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense,” are subconscious shields an individual puts up to avoid pain and suffering. Though these shields might provide temporary relief, defense mechanisms can prove harmful to all parties involved. For instance, denial is a common defense mechanism characterized by the […]

10-09-15 Category: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Hormonal changes during pregnancy are necessary for a healthy mother and baby. However, the emotional and physical effects of these fluctuations can make it difficult to detect mental health issues in pregnant women. Better understanding surrounding pregnancy hormones and the various changes the body undergoes from conception to childbirth can aid the early detection and […]

10-09-15 Category: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

The mental state of a pregnant woman greatly impacts the physical and future mental health of her fetus. However, a soon-to-be mother’s mental health is often unintentionally put in jeopardy when medical professionals recommend going off antidepressants cold turkey or dismiss symptoms of antenatal anxiety as normal hormonal fluctuations. Research suggests that a woman’s mental […]

10-07-15 Category: Depression, Mental Health

Pregnancy is a time of change. This change can be beautiful, but it also holds the potential to trigger mental health disorders. According to the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health, up to 20 percent of expectant mothers struggle with mood or anxiety disorders at some point during their pregnancy. Whether relapsing into […]

10-07-15 Category: Mental Health

Many women are advised to stop taking antidepressants if they become pregnant. Any potential side effects of these drugs on the fetus are enough to keep many from taking the risk associated with continued medication treatment. However, putting the woman’s mental health on the backburner can pose a variety of risks to both mother and […]

10-05-15 Category: Anxiety, Mental Health, Mental Illness

Filmmakers are taking more measures to ensure that accuracy and empathy are applied to on-screen portrayals of mental illness than in past decades. For instance, 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” was lauded for providing an accurate depiction of bipolar disorder, while 2013’s “Blue Jasmine” gave an honest and raw portrayal of a woman struggling with a […]

10-05-15 Category: Anxiety, Depression

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that approximately 18 percent of the adult population nationwide struggles with an anxiety disorder. Overanalyzing interactions or situations that have already happened or are going to happen, otherwise known as “spinning,” is common among those struggling with anxiety. As Vicki Botnick, LMFT, explains, “Sometimes, anxiety feels […]


Since their son’s suicide in 2013, Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, who are co-founders of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, have worked with local hospitals and communities to ensure children and adults struggling with mental illness have access to the care they need. Saddleback Church is hosting an event later this month […]


Paraphilic disorders are characterized by atypical sexual urges. However, as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) notes, paraphilia is “often misunderstood as a catch-all definition for any unusual sexual behavior.” A diagnosis for any of the serious mental health disorders that fall under the umbrella of paraphilia lies in extreme emotional distress. […]

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