Mental Health


Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia

What are the behaviors associated with Schizophrenia? How do we know if someone is exhibiting symptoms?


Top Six Needs of the Relationally Traumatized Clinical Counseling Client

Those working towards recovery from victimization by a personality disorder have a clear triage of needs.


An Understanding of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become an epidemic. In order to fully understand the reasons why and its consequences, awareness programs should be set up in schools and workplaces.


Alcohol Use Disorder

A summary of what alcohol use disorder is, including symptoms, factors that influence development, health risks of alcohol consumption, how it is treated, and some resources to help find treatment.


An Understanding of Munchausen Syndrome

Munchausen Syndrome is a mental and behavioural disorder where the person deliberately fabricates an illness in order to feel a sense of acceptance. They do have an awareness of what they are doing but cannot control it.


Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an extreme mental disorder characterised by obsessive thoughts about appearance and body image. Recognised as a hidden disorder due to its shame and stigma, BDD occurs equally in both sexes and adversely affects the person’s quality of life.


Hoarding Disorder Explained

Hoarding Disorder is a mental health condition where a person acquires an excessive number of items and displays ongoing resistance to discarding them. Difficult to treat, further research needs to be undertaken in order to fully understand the psychology of this disorder.


The Real Story About "Shock Therapy"

When you think of "shock therapy", what comes to mind? Chances are it bears limited resemblance to the modern reality of electroconvulsive therapy.


4 Tips to Consider When Beginning Mental Health Counseling

The decision to seek mental health counseling can be overwhelming with uncertainty as to how to begin. These four tips can assist in creating a map for navigating those first steps on the journey toward mental health and wellness.


Understanding Schizophrenia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Requiring lifelong treatment, schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating types of mental illness, affecting 1% of all adults globally. The causes of this disorder are not yet fully understood, however, early detection is the key to the right treatment, and understanding is the key to acceptance.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Explained

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an extreme anxiety disorder characterised by obsessions and/or compulsions. Challenging and debilitating, this condition often requires long-term treatment. Staying focused on recovery goals and reaching out to a support group will make the journey less challenging.


Are Instagram Communities Promoting Eating Disorders?

Instagram has placed more pro-eating disorder hashtags on an "unsearchable" list after a BBC investigation showed that users were able to get around the platform's filters. The site continues to be criticized for not doing enough.


A Pathway Through Grief

Grief is a journey unique to the individual, generally experienced in cycles. There is no time frame with grieving, however, there are distinct stages that occur throughout the process. Understanding these stages can help a person come to terms with their feelings and eventually heal from the loss.


The Effects of Social Media on Our Mental Health

When used in moderation, social media has the ability to impact positively on our daily lives, however, it is important to acknowledge the detrimental effect of these powerful online platforms on our mental health.


Postnatal Depression: Living on Empty

More than just the 'baby blues', postnatal depression is a mental illness causing anxious thoughts and extended feelings of hopelessness. Recovery is a gradual process, but with the right treatment and support, it is possible to navigate this confusing mental maze.


Making Sense of Bipolar Disorder

Notoriously difficult to diagnose, bipolar disorder is as debilitating as it is destructive. The symptoms, causes and types are wide-ranging and extreme. Therefore, a strong support network is vital for those who struggle with this complex disorder.


Is Gaming Addiction a Real Mental Health Disorder?

The 11th revision of the ICD added "gaming disorder" as a potential mental health diagnosis. Is this controversial decision the way forward in treating technology abuse? How will clinicians diagnose and treat the condition?


What a Therapist Should and Should Not Do in Therapy

There is an expectation of quality service when you are paying for those services. The same goes for getting therapy. Learn what to expect, what happens when you go, and what your therapist should and should not do in therapy.


What Is Bipolar Disorder and How Do People Get It?

Read about what experts currently know about the causes and treatment of bipolar disorder.


Clarifying the Differences Between a Covert (Inverted) Narcissist and an Overt Narcissist

This article corrects the misconceptions about narcissism and discusses differences between covert (inverted) and overt narcissists. The contributions of self-efficacy and self-esteem to these types are discussed and a more inclusive model of the disorder presented.


How to Live Your Life as an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse

Surviving an abusive childhood is tough. The emotional and physical scars have the potential to ruin a person. This article discusses how to have a better life after surviving childhood abuse.


Don’t Touch Me! A Guide to Understanding Touch Aversion & Tactile Sensitivity

Do you or someone you know hate to be touched? Touch aversion and tactile sensitivity can be complex. Our guide will help you understand aversion to touch and provide answers to your questions...


Understanding Substance Abuse, Addiction, Tolerance, Dependence and Withdrawal

A basic introduction to the definitions of drug abuse, addiction, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal. Recovery from substance use disorders is also discussed.


What Is Video Game Addiction and How Do You Treat It?

Playing video games for many can be an innocent form of entertainment, and many can game without developing problems. The intent of this article is to provide information about the pitfalls—the "dark side"—to video gaming, and the growing addiction concerns.


How Names of Mental Health Disorders Have Changed

A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.


The Psychology Query Issue 6: How to Find a Psychologist and What to Look For

This article discusses how to find the right psychologist for you. It also includes a list of questions to ask a potential provider to ensure they are qualified and are the best match for your needs.


The Psychology Query Issue 7 - Addict vs. Person With Addiction: Does the Term Matter?

Labeling those with addictions can dehumanize them. The term "addict"suggests everything about the person results from the addiction, whereas "person with an addiction" puts the person first.


Can I Accurately Diagnose My Own Mental Health Issues?

Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.


Can Narcissists Feel Empathy?

Many people believe that narcissists are incapable of experiencing empathy but research suggests this may not be true.


Heroin: Addiction and Treatment Options

Information regarding heroin, including how it affects the body, addiction, overdosing, and treatment options.


Assumptions and the Problems They Cause

Assumptions are a part of our everyday lives. Every decision we make is based upon them. The problem occurs when we make decisions based on assumptions that we have not validated or proven correct.


How to Recognize If Someone You Know May Have a Gambling Addiction

What are the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction? Learn how to recognize if someone you know might have a problem.


Trust Me: Walking the Tightrope of Rapport-Building With a Teen

Fictional account of a counselor working to establish rapport with a sullen teen. Suggests verbal/nonverbal techniques and also discusses the implications of unintended reactions. Short story format.


A Guide to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive therapy emerged in the 1960s leading to a large number of cognitive-behavioral models. The core concept of these models is that people's cognition affects their feelings and behavior.


Musical Hallucinations: A Blessing and a Curse

With the increase of music in our lives from new technological gadgets, the cases of rare auditory hallucinations, termed musical hallucinations, will likely become more prevalent.


A Guide to Family Therapy Techniques

Family therapy pays attention to how family members influence each other’s behavior. This approach uses a wide range of techniques to improve family functioning.


How to Get the Narcissist's Worms Out of Your Head

Beat your narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) by kicking the parasite out of your head.


Dirty Tricks of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The secret means that narcissistic predators use to exploit others.


OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Do bad thoughts pop into your mind for no reason? Do you think about hurting other people—or yourself? Do your thoughts embarrass you? If so, you may suffer from intrusive thoughts. Learn more here.


Why Psychiatric Professionals Are the Main Culprits of Stigmatisation

The stigma suffered by users of psychiatric services can be more disabling than the actual mental health problems. This article discusses how professional staff unintentionally stigmatise their patients.


Best Ways to Support a Grieving Loved One

How can you support a loved one through their grieving process? As people grieve, they need the assurance and support of those closest to them.


12 Great Ways to Take Charge of Your Mental Health

Do you want to enhance your mental well-being? Follow these 12 steps to improve all areas of your life, including the quality of your relationships, work, and how you cope with life's challenges.


Opening and Maintaining a Private Counseling Practice

While starting any business is challenging, setting up a counseling practice tends to prove especially daunting. This type of practice requires both stamina and openness to innovation.


The Dynamic of Narcissistic Injury in Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Being aware of how narcissistic injury can create rage and revenge seeking in the individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be helpful to avoid victimization.


Coping With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Care

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.


A Guide to Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Bowen family systems therapy takes a multigenerational approach to treating the family system. It emphasizes the need for unresolved emotional fusion to be addressed for healthy family functioning.


A Guide to Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.


Benefits of Psychotherapy for Promoting Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Are you considering therapy? Find out how you can get help for emotional/mental problems and behavioral conflicts through psychotherapy.