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Dysphoria types and treatments: A discussion guide

Dysphoria is characterized by deep dissatisfaction with life. It differs from depression in that it’s considered a symptom, not a condition. Various types of dysphoria include rejection sensitive dysphoria, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and gender dysphoria.  Gender dysphoria is a condition that exists because of society, not individual pathology.  Dysphoria treatments…

What is sleep paralysis and how can I get it to stop?

Sleep paralysis is a terrifying and poorly understood phenomenon. Sufferers find themselves suddenly partially awake with their eyes open but unable to move as an evil and malevolent entity creeps toward their bed.   Sleep paralysis isn’t the same as having a nightmare–sufferers are aware of their surroundings, sleeping position,…

How can adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma affect us in adulthood?

Adverse childhood experiences are classified as a form of childhood trauma that can increase our chances of significant mental and physical health problems later in life.   Adverse childhood experiences may take the form of parents divorcing, family violence, verbal or physical abuse, a family member’s terminal illness, sibling bullying,…

Does life flash before our eyes when we die? Near-death experiences, strange brain activity, and death-related anxiety

Near-death experiences and what happens after we die have always been fascinating topics of debate — the idea of life “flashing” before our eyes when we die has even become a common trope. However, the brain scan of a patient who unexpectedly died while having his neural activity monitored indicates…

Addressing women’s mental health issues: How to combat social stigma and gain the confidence needed to seek help 

Gender may play a significant role in the development of mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression, creating unique circumstances for women.  Unfortunately, women are also more likely to be viewed as frail or fragile for expressing what they’re suffering from to those around them. And many fear that…

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