Category Archives: Disorders

The Family’s Role in Supporting Schizophrenia

The Family's Role in Supporting Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions worldwide. In the United States alone, 0.25%-0.64% of people either have or are suspected to have some form of the disease. The disturbed thinking and behavior this condition induces is a leading cause of homelessness, drug abuse, arrest and other negative life outcomes. People […]

It’s Complicated: Addiction and Relationships

It's Complicated: Addiction and Relationships

When someone falls into substance abuse, their partner may start wondering, “How does addiction affect relationships?” Change might not happen right away, but as the disorder progresses, arguments become more frequent. Both parties feel like they can’t trust each other and like they aren’t being understood. Sometimes, drugs ruin relationships. However, seeking help in time […]

Orthorexia & ARFID – Little-Known Eating Disorders

Orthorexia ARFID

When most people think about eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia come to mind. However, recent trends have caused an increase in a healthy eating disorder: orthorexia nervosa. This disorder causes rapid weight loss and an obsession with food like anorexia, but instead of trying to lose weight, people starve themselves in the name of clean […]

A Blood Test for Diagnosing PTSD?

A Blood Test for Diagnosing PTSD?

Discover the latest breakthrough in treating post-traumatic stress disorder: a new PTSD diagnostic test. Learn how a blood test can help identify PTSD symptoms. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) are mental health issues caused by frightening or dangerous events. PTSD happens after one event, while CPTSD happens after many events […]

Post-Pandemic Stress Disorder – What It Is

PPSD - Post Pandemic Stress Disorder

Post-pandemic stress disorder (PPSD) reflects the trauma caused by COVID-19 for people around the world. When the pandemic started in the United States, people had to restructure their entire lives in the wake of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 146.6 million people caught the virus between February 2020 […]

It’s Complicated: PTSD and Relationships

It's Complicated: PTSD and Relationships

Complex PTSD and romantic relationships present a unique set of challenges. While some tell people to stay with mentally ill partners no matter what, others advise them to leave because it’s not their problem. Likewise, individuals with PTSD struggle to maintain relationships or worry that their partner judges them. These conflicts build until they start […]

Which Mental Illnesses Can/Can’t Be Cured?

Which Mental Illnesses Can/Can't Be Cured?

Mental illness looks different for everyone, even among people with the same condition. For example, one person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may only battle nightmares and occasional anxiety in the months or years following a traumatic event. Another person with a similar traumatic event may have nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia and debilitating anxiety. One person […]

How to Cope with Trauma Anniversaries

How to Cope with Trauma Anniversaries

The Boston Marathon happens in April every year. For many people, mentioning this marathon doesn’t evoke happy or celebratory thoughts anymore — it sparks trauma. The Boston Marathon Bombing happened in 2013, and for many individuals, it’s become a trauma anniversary. Sadly, trauma anniversaries can impact us for life, especially if we don’t recognize them […]

What Is Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

What Is Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Relationships play an important role in emotional well-being, but for a person with a schizotypal personality, forming and maintaining them can be difficult. Understanding this personality disorder is the first step toward getting help for the condition. Read on for answers to common questions like “What is schizotypal personality disorder?” and “What causes STPD?” What […]