Category Archives: Disorders

How to Get the Correct Diagnosis for Depression

Getting the right diagnosis for depression

It’s no surprise that depression screening is becoming more common in different health care settings. It’s estimated that each year, 9.5% of adults in the United States have a depressive illness. That number is trending upward, but 55% of American adults with mental illness don’t receive treatment. Getting diagnosed is the first step toward proper […]

What Are Egosyntonic and Egodyntonic Behaviors?

Egosyntonic vs Egodyntonic -what do they mean

If you’re suffering from substance abuse, the difference between your past and present selves may shock you. Thinking of your life before addiction raises questions — mainly, what changed? The answer lies in a simple shift between syntonic vs. dystonic behaviors. While taking a few extra drinks or doses during the week might seem like […]

Are There Differences Between Bipolar and Major Depression?

Bipolar and depression - difference

The depressive phase of bipolar disorder is so similar to major depression that the former is sometimes misdiagnosed as the latter. If you, a friend or a family member has been feeling down for longer than usual, it helps to know the signs of a deeper underlying mental health condition. Additionally, understanding the differences between […]

Adjustment Disorder vs. Depression: What Differences to Look for

Adjustment Disorder vs Depression

Everyone faces a major life event at some point, whether it’s moving to a different state, starting a new job or losing a loved one. It’s normal to feel stressed or upset about life changes, but experiencing extreme stress that interferes with your everyday routine may indicate a larger problem. An adjustment disorder is a […]

Common Depression Triggers to Look for and Manage

Common depression triggers to look for

Approximately 1 in 10 adults in the United States struggled with a depressive episode each year. While some deal with depression on a long-term basis, others are affected by depression triggers that can stem from past events, traumas, illness and other conditions. Understanding and identifying these triggers can make it much easier to manage these […]

What to Expect After Being Diagnosed with a Personality Disorder

What after personality disorder diagnosis

Around 9% of American adults have been diagnosed with a personality disorder. If you’ve recently found yourself among them, you may be asking yourself, “I have a personality disorder, now what?” While receiving this diagnosis can feel overwhelming, the good news is you’re far from alone, and there is help available. Today, we’ll talk about […]