Category Archives: Disorders

What Is Pica Disorder?

Pica Disorder - What is it

Pica can commonly occur with pregnancy, but the disorder may also arise outside this nine-month period. Characteristic symptoms of pica, a type of eating disorder, include the consumption of items that aren’t food — such as ice, paper or chalk. If you’ve heard of pica or wonder why you’ve experienced strange cravings for non-edible items, […]

My Antidepressant Makes Me Lazy/Unmotivated— Why?

My Antidepressants make me lazy

During the first weeks of taking a new antidepressant, you may experience unpleasant side effects, including nausea, weight gain or sleeping problems. Many people report improvement with side effects after a few weeks, but ongoing drowsiness and fatigue can make it difficult to manage daily responsibilities, such as concentrating at work or school. Does Lexapro […]

How Body Dysmorphia Affects Medical and Mental Health

Body Dysmorphia - Mental Health and Addiction

With the rise of social media, one of the health conditions that has become more common is body dysmorphia. This disorder can put people on a downward spiral, leading to changes in their habits that can make them physically and mentally ill. While social media and body dysmorphia are sometimes linked, remember that this condition […]

How Heat Waves Are Affecting Mental Health

How heat waves are affecting mental health

The summer is a time when people love to get outdoors, but it’s also a season when temperatures can soar. With greenhouse gasses causing an increase in temperatures year over year and more hot days happening annually, it’s important for people to understand how they could be affected by higher temperatures and what to do […]

Growing Up with a Parent Who Has Anxiety

Growing up with a parent with anxiety

Being raised by a parent with anxiety disorder can be difficult. Anxiety is often characterized by constriction, preventing people from living fully and freely or always imagining the worst-case scenario. As a child, you may have experienced a lot of confusion for getting in trouble for something that seemed harmless or being the recipient of […]

How Natural Disasters Can Cause Trauma

How natural disasters can cause trauma

After Hurricane Ian hit Florida in September 2022, more than 80,000 properties were affected by flooding, leaving many residents without a home. This natural disaster is one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in recent years, and many communities are still dealing with the destruction months later. While the physical effects […]

Can You Go to Rehab For Schizophrenia?

Can you go to rehab for schizophrenia

The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that between 0.6% and 1.9% of people in the United States have schizophrenia. This complex mental health condition is characterized by disordered thought patterns, hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms impacting a person’s ability to function. Treatment centers for schizophrenia can assist people who have this diagnosis. Unfortunately, few […]

The Revealing Link Between Anxiety and Depression

The revealing link between anxiety and depression

Depression and anxiety each come with their own set of symptoms and challenges. But despite depression being associated with a low-energy state and anxiety with a high-energy state, both can co-occur and cause a vicious cause-and-effect cycle of ups and downs. For example, have you ever experienced lingering feelings of hopelessness coupled with an overwhelming […]

What Does Lack of Empathy Say About Your Mental Health?

What does a lack of empathy say about mental health

Empathy has become a popular term in today’s increasingly polarized political and social culture. Chances are you’ve probably interacted with someone with low empathy within a personal relationship, a friendship or at work. Feeling as if your emotions have been disregarded can be frustrating, disappointing and unsettling. Empathy plays a crucial role in helping us […]