Can Acute Stress Disorder Become PTSD?

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a diagnosable mental health condition that occurs in the days or weeks immediately following exposure to a life-threatening traumatic event. Many people confuse this condition with another better-known illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which only occurs a month or more after such an event. Although they are essentially different, ASD…

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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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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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