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truth-paraphilia-co-occurring-disorders

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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dead-alive-delusions-cotards-syndrome

A person walking around and claiming to be dead might sound like something straight out of a horror film. However, this describes the reality for many people with Cotard’s syndrome. Individuals with a history of mental health issues, particularly mood disorders, personality disorders or psychotic disorders, are more likely than others to develop the condition, […]


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artist-personifies-mental-health-disorders-real-monsters
09-30-15 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Treatment

Children typically grow up fearing the monsters under their beds, but what about the ones looming inside their heads? While the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that over 20 percent of children have struggled with mental health issues at some point, such issues among this population have just recently become part of the […]


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fomo-paradox-fear-missing-out-leads-isolation
09-25-15 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

Many people are unable to live in the moment out of fear they are missing out on something that could be a game-changer in their lives, relationships or careers. These are the friends who cannot commit to hanging out until the last minute or the romantic partner who does not want to “put a label” […]


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fight-flight-brain-responds-stress-fear-anxiety

When swimming in the ocean, a young surfer sees a dorsal fin slowly coming toward him. He immediately feels panic and internally debates whether it would be best to attempt to outswim the shark or face it head-on. Just as he decides he cannot outswim the creature in its own habitat, the animal leaps into […]


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instant-gratification-linked-mental-health-issues

In theory, the concept of “living each day as if it’s your last” is an effective way to live in the moment and encourage spontaneity. However, what happens when reckless spending paves the way for debt, casual sex leads to sexually transmitted diseases and partying with friends turns into substance abuse and addiction? In a […]


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coping-crayons-surprising-ways-coloring-boosts-mental-health

There is no smell quite like that of a newly opened box of crayons. This scent can make an individual nostalgic for his or her childhood, but the reality is that new memories of crayons can be made by adults every day. Psychologists note the therapeutic qualities of coloring can help adults manage stress and […]


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birthday-blues-birthdays-trigger-mental-health-issues
09-18-15 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

Many people view their birthdays as a joyous celebration, a time to connect with family and friends. Others struggle with birthday anxiety or depression. Some just don’t get what all the hoopla is about. The reactions people have to their birthdays are varying and often dependent on the individual’s past experiences and current circumstances. The […]


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difference-between-hallucinations-multiple-personalities

The word “schizophrenia” means “split mind,” likely contributing to the general misconceptions surrounding the disorder and its symptoms. Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is often confused as schizophrenia by the general public. Many individuals falsely believe that schizophrenia is characterized by multiple personalities due to symptoms of the disorder, […]


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chronic-tic-disorder-tics-dont-go-away

While tics typically go away on their own after a few months, if these sudden, uncontrollable movements or sounds do not dissipate after one year, they can be categorized as chronic tic disorder. Chronic tic disorder is included in the most recently revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), though its classification as […]

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