Category Archives: General Psychiatry

The Barriers that Accompany Bipolar Disorder

Living day to day with bipolar disorder can be unbearable. Moment after moment, wondering which mood will come out next and how it will affect your day and interactions with those around you is exhausting. Spells of depression and lethargy claim any free time that may exist, and explaining how you feel to friends and… Read more »

Codependency: How it Affects Mental Health

Putting others’ needs before your own can be a positive quality, but how much of this seemingly harmless behavior is too much? People pleasing is one of many characteristics that can be observed in an individual suffering from codependency disorder. Control issues, low self-esteem, avoidance patterns and compliance patterns are a few additional identifying qualities.… Read more »

A Dual Diagnosis: Depression & Substance Abuse

It’s tough to live with a mental illness without professional guidance, support, and coping techniques to soften the symptoms. Some days are so unbearable that an individual who is suffering may turn to drugs and alcohol, thinking these substances may temporarily ease the pain. When the side effects fade, the individual may feel stuck with… Read more »

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Have you ever been uncomfortable in a social situation and felt an urgency to seek solitude? This experience is more common than you may expect, affecting approximately 15 million adults across the nation. Living with social anxiety can make simple situations seem overwhelming, causing individuals to pass up job offers, new hobbies, potential relationships and… Read more »

Reality vs. Delusions – Living with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness that affects 51 million people worldwide. Most individuals who suffer from schizophrenia experience hallucinations that can range from loud voices encouraging the victim to harm themselves or others to visions of shadows; it can vary a lot from person to person. Having schizophrenic thoughts can cause someone to become… Read more »