Mental Health

acute stress disorder

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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attention seeking disorder

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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treatments for narcissistic personality disorder

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

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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Dissociative Identity Disorder and Personality Issues

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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acute stress
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social awkwardness

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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bipolar disorder in women

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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symptoms of psychosis
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