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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]