Is Perfectionism Triggering Your Anxiety or Depression?

Perfectionism and anxiety/depression

Many people set high goals for themselves and those around them. They expect not to just accomplish a task, but to do it perfectly. Some may say this is a personality trait; that they’re a perfectionist. However, being a perfectionist can go too far. When it does, it can create an increased risk for depression and anxiety. Overcoming… Read More

Prolonged Trauma and C-PTSD: What You Need to Know

Prolonged truama - How CPTSD is created

Traumatic events leave their mark on a person, and for some, the result can be post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of this disorder include nightmares; flashbacks; avoidance of topics, people and locations related to the event; negative thinking; and struggles with certain social skills or situations. Many professionals believe PTSD and its symptoms describe what individuals go through when they have faced a… Read More

Beyond the Movie Myths: The Truth About Antisocial Personality Disorders

Despite the frequency with which the term antisocial is used in both casual conversation and armchair diagnosis

Despite the frequency with which the term “antisocial” is used in both casual conversation and armchair diagnoses, the reality of antisocial personality disorder is far different than commonplace usage of the word indicates. A personality disorder that often manifests as a general disregard for the thoughts, feelings and emotions of other people, antisocial personality disorder can also be… Read More

At Sixes and Sevens: The Overlap of Alcoholism & Gambling

How Alcohol and Gambling Overlap

One of the issues that makes addiction more complex than some other chronic diseases is the potential for addiction to more than one substance or behavior at one time or for two addictions to play off of each other in dangerous ways. Such connections are common with addictions to gambling and alcohol. These addictions are intertwined in a… Read More

Help! I’m Addicted to Shopping: Compulsive Buying and You

Compulsive Buying and You - Shopping addiction questionnaire

Can shopping become an addiction? Shopping without the ability to stop can be a form of addiction. Compulsive buying disorder is a disease. For some people, it begins as a need to have the latest item or fashion accessory. Over time, indulging in those items creates a positive feeling and compels a person to continue to engage in… Read More

Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

Can we call addiction a mental illness?

It’s a question many people have asked, and most don’t understand: Is drug addiction a type of mental illness? In some cases, drug addiction can be considered a mental illness. However, because the physical components of addiction, it can never just be called a mental health disorder. Nevertheless, it’s a disorder with a psychological component. Do you think… Read More

Anosognosia: Denial and Mental Illness

Denial and Mental Illness - Anosognosia

People who seem unaware they are suffering a disabling medical condition may have anosognosia, a severe form of denial that can be physiological or psychological in nature. Originally, anosognosia referred to someone who, because of damage to the parietal lobe of their brain, couldn’t process the fact they were missing a limb or were debilitated by a serious disease. Strokes and… Read More