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Should I start therapy? 10 signs you could benefit from working with a therapist or counselor

First and foremost, the decision to begin therapy is highly personal. Sure, certain circumstances might mean that therapy can be incredibly beneficial to you—say if you’re struggling with a mental illness like depression or anxiety, you’re in an unhappy relationship, or you’ve experienced a traumatic event—but therapy is designed to…

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…

Mental health disorders that often go undiagnosed: Bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder

In many cases, a mental illness goes undiagnosed, due to an individual’s failure or hesitance to seek treatment, as well as misdiagnosis from a mental health provider. There are three mental health conditions in specific that often of undiagnosed: bipolar disorder, post-traumatic disorder, and borderline personality disorder. When it comes…

Mental health and illness statistics in the US: A look at the prevalence of mental health disorders, treatment, and impact

Every single year, millions of Americans suffer with a mental illness. By definition, a mental illness is a disorder that negatively affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, mood, and/or behavior. Examples include depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each individual has a unique experience, as far as which symptoms they…

Depression and anxiety no match for fast-acting psychedelic drug!  (Video)

A fast-acting psychedelic drug could help treat depression and anxiety. This, from a Johns Hopkins University study that surveyed 362 adults. Read: Back to Basics, Depression 101 Researchers found that the use of a synthetic psychedelic, 5-MeO-DMT, is associated with improvements in depression and anxiety when taken in a controlled…

The best treatments for seasonal affective disorder or winter depression

In the fall and winter, we’re especially vulnerable to a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression, which is related to shorter days and a lack of sunlight. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for SAD including light therapy, antidepressants, talk therapy, and self-care. With light…

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – Symptoms and Perspectives

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a disruption in normal functioning, which is rooted in serious personality changes and mood instability. People who suffer with this condition typically experience a distorted self-image and struggle to understand their identity. Additionally, those with BPD experience bouts of depression, display risky or…

What is avoidant personality disorder? Symptoms, causes, and treatment (Updated)

Those with avoidant personality disorder (APD) feel highly uncomfortable in social settings, for fear of being judged or disliked. These individuals also have difficulty communicating with others, are preoccupied with being or feeling criticized, and view themselves as lesser than. While it is still unclear what exactly causes APD, the…

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