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Understanding intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and how to defuse angry outbursts

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is characterized by short, intense outbursts of anger that can leave destruction in their wake.  People with IED may have brain abnormalities that foster impulsivity.  IED can be misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder (BPD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To calm someone during an…

Observe World Mental Health Day on October 10: Understand, prioritize, and raise awareness for mental health

World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10th in over 100 countries to promote mental health awareness and advocate for individuals with mental health issues. Since its inception in 1992, World Mental Health Day has helped to expand knowledge, advocate against social stigmas, and support people suffering from…

Talking to your child about mental health and mental illness: Consider their age group, talk openly, and additional tips

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in every 5 adults in the US suffers from mental illness. And those who don’t suffer personally, likely know someone who does. This means that, inevitably, your kids will at some point encounter a mental illness, be it a personal…

Depression and anxiety are common among the elderly: help them fight off these illnesses by encouraging their involvement in fun hobbies and social activities

As our loved ones grow older, we tend to worry about physical ailments, such as an increased risk for heart attacks and memory problems like dementia. However, we often fail to recognize threats to their mental health—for example, the elderly often suffers from depression and anxiety. These are common illnesses…

How to deal with a narcissist at work and at home: be honest, establish boundaries, keep your distance, and don’t take their actions personally

Individuals with narcissistic traits (which sometimes signify a personality disorder called narcissistic personality disorder) are self-centered, boastful, and arrogant. They can have a serious impact on those around them, especially those they spend ample time with, like their coworkers and family members. If you work with a narcissist, you can…

Taking on too much responsibility can increase your chances of developing OCD (Video)

Assuming too much responsibility could increase your chances of developing OCD and anxiety. Researchers from Hiroshima University surveyed American college students about their feelings related to three types of responsibility: responsibility to prevent or avoid harm, responsibility for negative results, and responsibility to resolve a problem. The team found that…

Why do people avoid mental health treatment? Here’s a look at how judgment, doubt, pride, fear, and misinformation come into play

The majority of individuals who have a mental illness do not seek or receive treatment. While there are multiple reasons why, one is the fact that people avoid or forego mental health treatment, due to judgment, doubt, pride, fear, misinformation. Individuals fear judgment, change, the unknown, and what they might…

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