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Month: February 2017

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.

5 Ways to Break Your Addiction to Your Mobile Phone

Cell-phone addiction is increasing rapidly as more people own and use smartphones on a regular basis for a variety of needs. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center, nearly 64% of American adults own a cell phone. Many are cell-phone dependent, meaning they do not have an alternate phone or Internet …

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5 Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Women

When it appears in women, bipolar illness commonly takes a different form than it takes in men. Compared to cases affecting men, bipolar disorder in women also comes with increased risks for additional mental or physical health problems that worsen the impact of the illness. What’s more, women tend to have somewhat different bipolar symptoms …

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5 Common Signs Someone Has Psychosis

When a person experiences the symptoms of psychosis, the line between fact and fiction can become blurred. For a person with psychosis, it becomes difficult to know what is real and what is imaginary.

The Secret Shame of Self-Harm

By Meghan Vivo One of the biggest obstacles in treating people who self-injure is the toxic shame they feel as a result of their self-harming behaviors. The secrecy inherent in self-harm also creates obvious challenges for concerned friends and family, who may not know the depth of the person’s emotional pain until the problem has …

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Bipolar Medication & Pregnancy: What Are the Risks?

When working with pregnant women affected by bipolar disorder, doctors inevitably face some stark choices. On one hand, suspension of the use of bipolar medications could lead to serious harm from a relapse back into active symptoms. On the other hand, many of the medications proven effective in managing bipolar symptoms can lead to serious …

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5 Ways to Treat Impulsive Behavior

Impulsive behaviors are behaviors that you engage in without really reflecting on the possible consequences of your actions or the potential to harm yourself or other people. Minor forms of this behavior are common even among generally functional adults. However, you can develop impulse control problems severe enough to qualify you for a mental health …

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So You’ve Lost Your Job … Coping With the Effects of Adjustment Disorder

If you’re going through a life-changing event such as losing your job, getting divorced or experiencing the death of a family member, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the stress and strain of your situation. In some cases, the impact on your mental health may be severe enough to qualify you for a diagnosis of …

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How Rapid Eye Movement Therapy Has Helped PTSD Patients

Few PTSD treatment modalities have received as much attention as rapid eye movement therapy. While the name of the treatment may sound obscure, rapid eye movement therapy, also known as EMDR, has been verified by numerous research studies and professional organizations as a treatment that helps PTSD patients.

Dual Diagnosis: Why Integrated Treatment Is the Gold Standard

Many people use substances to cope with, or “self-medicate,” difficult feelings. Unfortunately, using alcohol or drugs to relieve negative feelings can actually prolong them or cause them to recur. This is because alcohol and certain other drugs affect the central nervous system as a depressant, exacerbating symptoms of sadness and fatigue, leading to a vicious …

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