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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans, an estimated 31 percent of Vietnam War veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War veterans, 11 percent of Afghanistan War veterans and 20 percent of Iraq War veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, the Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 31 to 84 […]


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12-10-15 Category: Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress

  The holidays can be a stressful time. Dealing with crowds at malls, attending back-to-back holiday parties and spending time with family members are just a few potential triggers that occur during this season. Having time off from work or school can strip an individual in recovery from structure and daily routines, leaving an opportunity […]


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10-19-15 Category: Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Imagine trying to fall asleep and being met with the deafening sound of a bomb exploding. Most people would try to evacuate or turn on the news to find out what is happening. However, for those with exploding head syndrome (EHS), it is not even a reason to get out of bed. EHS is a […]


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Many people dislike flying on planes. Getting to the airport hours early, going through security and waiting to board just to be stuck in the middle seat on a four-hour flight is not many people’s idea of a good time. However, the annoyance many feel does not compare to the severe anxiety expressed by others […]


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psychology-behind-defense-mechanisms-rationalization-moral-relativism-part-3-of-4

The Robin Hood ethos is rationalization at its finest, more mild forms of which are extremely prevalent in society today. Rationalization is characterized by finding justifications for immoral behavior to ease feelings of guilt, shame or anxiety. In the case of Robin Hood, it was considered acceptable that he stole because he was taking from […]


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psychology-behind-defense-mechanisms-defense-mechanisms-part-1-of-4

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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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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09-30-15 Category: Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Mental Health

First dates can be stressful. The nervous butterflies most people feel before a first date can take the form of sheer anxiety for many individuals with tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome (TS). The Tourette Association of America reports that approximately six in 1,000 children struggle with the disorder. The prevalence of TS in adults “is […]

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