What is PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when a person has experienced a traumatic event in which there was an actual or perceived threat of death or injury to themselves of another.  People with PTSD often re-live the traumatic event through distressing dreams, flashbacks, or by becoming agitated and/or hypervigilant around anniversaries or other dates …

Understanding Depression: What is Postpartum Depression?

The baby blues are no joking matter, and women worldwide know this if they have experienced the effects of postpartum depression (PPD) after giving birth. Hormonal and chemical changes, combined with a ton of physical changes, can leave mom feeling moody and overwhelmed, which is normal after childbirth but may be discouraging and cause a …

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes unpredictable mood swings, extraordinary fluctuations in energy and activity and an inability to perform routine daily tasks. Bipolar disorder is a serious disorder requiring prompt, professional intervention. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, children and adults with proper treatment for bipolar disorder can lead full and productive lives. Bipolar disorder is …

Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses rarely appear suddenly. Very often, friends and family recognize the changes before one of these illnesses appear. People who suffer from mental disorders often feel alone and hopeless, but there are nearly 54 million Americans suffering from some form of mental illness. Most families are not prepared to learn that a loved one …