Is Mental Illness Genetic?

Mental illness - is it genetic?

While many factors are known to contribute to the cause of mental illness, one of the biggest questions that remain is whether or not mental illness is caused by genetic factors. A mental illness can be defined as any psychiatric disorder that involves a recurring mental pattern which impairs a person’s behavior and functioning and causes them significant… Read More

Addicted to Perfection: Learning to Live Imperfectly

Learning to live imperfectly

Perfectionism is defined as the consistent attempt to be faultless and involves a set of compulsive behaviors and attitudes employed to achieve this. Perfectionists establish very high parameters within which they live and are immensely critical of themselves when those standards are not maintained. The downfall of such people is that their aims are often inaccessible and yet despite… Read More

Is Too Much Screen Time to Blame for Your Depression?

Is too much screen time causing Depression

If you are struggling with depression and want help relieving the pain, one of the first things professionals have begun recommending is reducing the amount of time spent looking at your computer and phone screens. Studies now show that the impact from screen time has detrimental impacts on individuals struggling with depression in how they view themselves and… Read More

10 Signs You May Need Mental Health Treatment

10 Signs you may need mental health treatment

If you’re like many people, you have a sticky relationship to mental illness, a stigma that isn’t helped by the media. But the truth is, mental health issues are more common than you might think–nearly one in five Americans live with mental illness. In fact, over one’s entire lifetime, the average American has a 47.4% chance of having… Read More

What is a Personality Disorder?

What is a Personality Disorder - Blog - FHE

The human brain is the only thing that creates and named itself. Isn’t that a wild thought? We mention that to show how complex the structure of the brain is and to foreshadow to how many things can go “wrong.” People with personality disorders aren’t wrong as people – their disorder wasn’t a choice. But what is a… Read More

Depression vs. Sadness: What’s the Difference?

Depression vs. Sadness - 900px

Everyone has feelings of sadness from time to time. It’s a normal reaction to occurrences in life and can even be helpful in guiding our decision making. Sadness can help us process, but it is a passing emotion. This is where depression differs, clinical depression is a serious illness, but it’s more common than you think. However, it… Read More

How So Many Women Develop Eating Disorders During College

Our society still forces women into the terrible position of becoming obsessed with their bodies, because to be otherwise is looked at as some kind of personal neglect. As girls grow up and move through school body shaming gets pretty serious. Around middle school, as women move through puberty it becomes brutal, and it only seems to worsen… Read More

How to Talk to Your Loved one About Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

It can be hard when you suspect that someone you care about has an eating disorder, especially if you think they may also be dealing with some kind of drug or alcohol addiction. The two disorders not only present and act in very similar ways, but they are also frequently co-occurring. If these two disorders occur concurrently in… Read More

Major Depressive Disorder, or Clinical Depression, How this Underestimated Mental Illness can Lead to Substance Abuse

Depression is a common word used in our western vocabulary and the idea of depression in our society seems to change from generation to generation. The word may mean different things to different people. Most people feel very decidedly one way or another about about the mental health disorder, depression. In past years, before real research was done… Read More

Is Substance Abuse Learned Behavior or does Addiction Have a Genetic Element To It?

When an addict gets to a point in their lives when they are ready to seek treatment at a Florida addiction treatment center for chemical dependency, they may ask themselves the same question as so many other addicts before them have done, “How did I get here?”. It’s more than just a question of existential angst. In fact,… Read More