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Bipolar Disorder: 3 Prominent Symptoms to Look Out For

More than 5 million American men and women — or just over 2% of the adult population — have some form of bipolar disorder, a chronic mental health condition that causes overpowering mood swings that are far more intense and disruptive than the normal highs and lows that everyone experiences from time to time….

Genetic Testing in Mental Health Care: Why It’s Done and How It Can Help You

With the power to influence how you think, feel, and act, a mental health disorder can have a major impact on how you relate to others, how well you cope day to day, and how easily you earn a living, among other things….

6 Tips for Managing Your Mental Illness During the Holidays

The holidays may always hold their place as the “most wonderful time of the year” in the collective imagination, but for many people, these weeks of preparation and celebration hold as much potential for stress and anxiety as they do for magical memories…

How to Encourage a Loved One to Seek Mental Health Help

In any given year, one in five adults in the United States — or nearly 44 million Americans — experiences severe anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder, or some other type of mental illness…

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that affects an estimated 5.3 million adults in the United States. Also known as manic-depressive disorder, this chronic mental health condition causes drastic mood swings that range from high-energy manic episodes to low-energy bouts of depression…

How Can I Know If My Therapist Is Helping?

Therapy is a kind of interpersonal laboratory where you can achieve just about anything. Whether you’re hoping to overcome anxiety or depression, learn how to cope with grief, or simply improve your relationships with family and friends, talking it out with a professional therapist can give you…

Strategies for Adults Living With ADHD

If you’re one of the 11 million adults in the United States with ADHD, you know how hard it can be to avoid distractions, get organized, and work efficiently. These simple behavioral strategies can help you manage your symptoms and stay focused….

Understanding OCD

It’s only normal to experience intrusive, random, or otherwise strange thoughts from time-to-time — virtually everyone does. For most people, it’s relatively easy to dismiss such thoughts and move on, allowing the brain’s stream of consciousness to flow in a different direction….

Common Myths that Prevent Men from Seeking Help for Depression

Suicide and depression are frequently in the news, and the message that depression does not discriminate is an important one. Money and fame can’t protect against depression’s demons. That’s why mental health awareness is an essential component of Men’s Health Awareness Month in June…

The Effects of Anxiety and Depression on Your Physical Health

Almost everyone experiences some degree of anxiety or depression at various points in life. In the right circumstances, anxiety is actually a normal “fight or flight” response that helps you navigate a precarious or stressful situation…

Avoid Addiction With These Medication Management Techniques

Prescription medications are undeniably valuable when they’re able to provide much-needed relief from issues such as chronic debilitating pain, the misery of cluster headaches, or anxiety that stops you in your tracks. But they only work when they’re used as prescribed….

Why Women Are More Prone to Depression

True depression is much more tenacious than the normal grieving process you might expect after the death of a loved one, loss of a beloved pet, or other life crises. It tends to sink its hooks deep into your daily routine and, without treatment, can hang around for weeks to months to years….

Why Isn’t Your Medication Working? It Could Be Your Genes

Whether you have depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may be prescribed one or more medications to help control your symptoms and complement your counseling and therapy sessions….

Does Taking ‘Depression Naps’ Mean You Have Depression?

It feels pretty good, doesn’t it? Yes, shutting everything out by crawling into bed, pulling the covers up and taking a nap when it feels like the world and everything and everyone in it are so against you that you can’t even can be a nice escape. Or, at least, it can feel that way in the moment….

What Is It Like To Be Bipolar?

“What are you, bipolar or something?” That question can sometimes be thrown around a bit too lightly. When someone says that, they usually don’t really mean it. How could they? Most people don’t really know what it’s like to have bipolar disorder….

The Link Between Obesity and Weight Loss

People experience depression for a multitude of reasons. The causes vary so greatly from individual to individual that we couldn’t possibly cover them all extensively in one blog post. For this month’s post, we’re focusing on just one potential cause that’s a concern for many people: obesity….

Rewire Your Brain? Yes, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Really Work

More than 15 million American adults suffer from depression. That’s 6.7 percent of the entire United States population above the age of 18. Not everyone suffers from the same type of depression or in the same ways, but so many are suffering and in need of help. Support, patience and understanding from family, friends and colleagues are some of the most important types of help anyone who’s depressed can get….

Is it Anxiety? Recognizing and Treating the Condition

Our minds are very powerful. Many of the processes that take place are subconscious. They have to be otherwise we wouldn’t be able to go about our days and carry on normal tasks. It’s truly amazing to think how we have evolved to protect ourselves. Think about the “flight or fight” response, for example. No one consciously says to themselves….

Overpowering Fear: Finding Relief from Panic Attacks

Ask yourself if the following situation sounds familiar. You’re sitting at your desk or in your bed, doing something completely innocuous. You’re not doing anything remotely dangerous and you may not even be dwelling on negative thoughts. Suddenly, it hits you. You feel a sensation in your chest that feels like a squeezing. Your throat is closing while your heart begins to race….