Category Archives: Mental Illness

Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that can be very disabling if not treated properly. Though uncommon, schizophrenia is chronic and can make its victims feel out of touch with the world they live in. It changes the way one feels, thinks, behaves and interacts with those they love. Schizophrenia may seem scary, however, there… Read more »

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Understanding OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is defined by repetitive behaviors involved in reducing anxiety, as well as intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, or both. Day-to-day functioning can be difficult for someone with OCD since the symptoms of this disorder can be life-encompassing and seem inescapable. Statistics indicate that 1–3% of… Read more »

General Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Social Anxiety

More than 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety can wreak havoc on a person’s life. One moment you're able to get in the car to drive to work or to the grocery store, but the next you may be left weak and… Read more »

Diagnosing, Understanding And Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

What A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Individuals who struggle with substance abuse sometimes struggle with mental health disorders as well. Called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are often entwined due to the ability of some drugs to mask or relieve some symptoms… Read more »

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… Read more »

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