Those working towards recovery from victimization by a personality disorder have a clear triage of needs.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Read about what experts currently know about the causes and treatment of bipolar disorder.
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.
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.
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...
A basic introduction to the definitions of drug abuse, addiction, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal. Recovery from substance use disorders is also discussed.
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.
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.
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.
Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.
What are the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction? Learn how to recognize if someone you know might have a problem.
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.
Beat your narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) by kicking the parasite out of your head.
The secret means that narcissistic predators use to exploit others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.