Month: February 2017

Bullies & Children Acting Out: The Rebellion of Attention Seeking Disorder

Attention seeking is a normal behavior in all children. From birth, children seek the attention and love of their parents or caregivers. It is important for emotional growth and the development of interpersonal relationship skills. However, studies show that when children don’t get adequate attention, the brain may rewire itself to respond differently to stimuli, …

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Brainspotting Therapy for Trauma Victims

Brainspotting therapy has recently emerged as a promising new therapy for trauma victims. As mental health professionals progress in their understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brainspotting therapy has been of special interest due to the unique way this treatment activates specific areas of the brain.

Are Self-Assessment Tests for Narcissism Reliable?

When referring to narcissistic personality disorder assessment tools, quizzes and tests, reliability means that when you use the assessment tool (for example, a self-administered quiz or test), you receive the same results regardless of who administers the tool or how many times you use it. Different treatments for narcissistic personality disorder exist, but before you …

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Anxiety Symptoms in Men

Women are 50% more likely than men to suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. But with more than 40 million adult Americans affected by disabling anxiety symptoms associated with these types of disorders, it is clear that a significant number of men are suffering from anxiety as well, which may …

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The Truth About Dissociative Identity Disorder

By Gina Marchando, DMFT, LMFT, CHT, CIT, Clinical Director at The Ranch The media’s various portrayals of people with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have one thing in common: They get much of it wrong. Dissociative identity disorder, formerly classified as multiple personality disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is usually far …

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Alcohol-Induced Psychosis: Causes, Concerns & Treatment Options

People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol can develop the symptoms of psychosis (hallucinations and/or delusional thinking) while intoxicated or in a state of withdrawal. They can also develop a distinct condition called alcohol-induced psychotic disorder or alcohol-induced psychotic syndrome (AIPS). The development of AIPS is a very serious occurrence that can lead to poor …

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Adderall Abuse in Medical Schools

Prescription painkillers aren’t the only medicines being abused across America. Stimulants like Adderall are widely abused as “study drugs” – especially among college students – and can be just as deadly. Although all students are at risk, medical schools are particularly competitive and stressful environments, so it’s no surprise that Adderall abuse is an especially …

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Acute Stress Reactions: Symptoms & Early Treatment

Many people have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but there is a related condition known as acute stress reaction or acute stress disorder. The main difference is that the symptoms last much longer with PTSD than with acute stress disorder.

10 Ways to Overcome Awkwardness in a Social Setting

Even if we’re introverted by nature, we still like to make connections with other human beings, and social awkwardness can make this incredibly difficult to do. We’d like to enjoy our social interactions with strangers or casual acquaintances, but instead they leave us feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable.

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