Monthly Archives: April 2023

A Killer’s Mind: The Beltway Sniper and Coercion of a Minor

A Killer's Mind: The Beltway Sniper and Coercion of a Minor

Americans old enough to recall the early 2000s likely remember the events that transpired in the Washington, D.C., area in October of 2002. But who was the Beltway Sniper, and why is this case significant from a mental health standpoint? Find out why the psychological coercion tactics used by this infamous killer are so dangerous […]

What Are “Micro Traumas”?

What Are "Micro Traumas"?

Trauma is often thought of as a single, dramatic event that has a lasting impact on a person’s life. However, trauma can also manifest in subtler ways through what’s known as micro trauma. Micro traumas are small, repeated experiences that can accumulate over time and leave you with emotional wounds, significantly impacting your mental and […]

What Is a “Psychological Profile” and Its Connection to Mental Health?

What Is a "Psychological Profile" and Its Connection to Mental Health?

If you’ve ever watched popular true crime shows like CSI, you may have heard the term “psychological profile” used in the context of a criminal investigation. A psychological profile, or psych profile, is a tool that helps criminal investigators determine the personality traits of the perpetrator they’re looking for. But how do these crucial reports […]

Study: Problem Drinking in Youth Linked to Alcoholism Later

Study: Problem Drinking in Youth Linked to Alcoholism Later

A 17-year study, published in 2022, looked at how solitary alcohol use during adolescence predicts AUD (alcohol use disorder) in adulthood. The longitudinal study reviewed a large sampling of high school students from across the United States, following them into their 30s. Here’s what the study concluded and why it’s important to understand the risks […]

What Is a High-Functioning Sociopath?

What's a high functioning sociopath mean?

There is a common misconception that sociopaths are bad people. In reality, these individuals are simply living with a mental health condition that changes the way they perceive the world and interact with others. Find out what sociopathy looks like, what it means to be a high-functioning sociopath and what motivates a sociopath. If you […]

A Killer’s Mind: The Mental Pathology of the Nightstalker

A Killer's Mind: The Mental Pathology of the Nightstalker

Commonly known as the Nightstalker, Richard Ramirez terrorized the Southern California area for over 14 months between 1984 and 1985. He would habitually break into his victims’ homes, rob them and brutally murder them. Those who were spared had to go through a lifetime of trauma and even permanent physical injury following their attack. Over […]

How to Find Long-Term Mental Health Care

How to Find Long-Term Mental Health Care

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Apart from determining how you think, act and feel, it plays an important role in how you deal with stress and daily challenges, make decisions and prioritize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half the population of the […]

A Killer’s Mind: The BTK Murders

BTK Murders and Mental Health

You’ve probably heard of the BTK Killer before. As one of America’s most notorious serial killers, he committed horrific crimes from the 1970s to the 1990s. Many people wonder what kind of mental health conditions could drive someone to be so violent. Here’s a complete overview of the BTK Killer and what may have motivated […]

What “Neurodivergent” and “Neurotypical” Mean

What "Neurodivergent" and "Neurotypical" Mean

Everyone’s brain has its strengths and weaknesses. Some have stronger memories, while others can concentrate for longer periods. The neurodiversity theory acknowledges that while everyone thinks differently, some people have unique thought patterns that others mislabel as a disability or disease. Contrary to social stigmas, neurodivergent people are just as capable as others. Their brains […]