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  • Residential Treatment Programs

    People who are in the intermediate severity of the mental illness spectrum often seek residential treatment programs. These programs usually provide an appropriate level of support and evaluation usually with around 7-10 maximum capacity. Patient could either be on the transitional stage from an inpatient treatment program to community...
  • Mental Health Center Inpatient Treatment

    The inpatient treatment option is usually reserved for people suffering from severe cases of mental disorders. These patients have more or less lost control over their actions or at lost of how to deal with their conditions. Their mental illness may have also severely affected their relationships with their...
  • Choosing an Outpatient Treatment

    Outpatient treatments options are usually suggested to people with either less severe mental disorders or people in a transition phase from an inpatient treatment facility. Other reasons for seeking this kind of treatment would include a person’s inability to commit to inpatient care, or inability to afford an inpatient...
  • Mental Health and Addiction Integrated Treatment

    At least 20% of people suffering from mental disorders also suffer from substance abuse. Most of the time people are unaware which one caused which, did they suffer from mental illness before or after they started abusing alcohol or drugs? The most common condition combination people suffer from is...
  • Inpatient vs Residential Treatment For Mental Disorders

    People with mental illness vary in condition and severity of their conditions, and therefore require varying types and levels of care. Outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization are more common among people with mental illness. However, for more severe mental health conditions, inpatient treatments or residential treatments are recommended. Inpatient...
  • Mental Illness Signs

    Most people are unaware or choose to eliminate the possibility of having mental disorders. They will continue to pretend they don’t exhibit certain warning symptoms and may rely on their family and friends to encourage them to seek appropriate support from professionals. Here are some of the warning signs...
  • New Mental Disorders

    While many deadly diseases have been cured during the twentieth century, there is also an abundance of conditions that have emerged in the past several decades. Whether they are a product of our technological dependence or they have simply never been recognized before, the last one hundred years have shown us many...
  • Histrionic Personality Disorders

    People with histrionic disorder often engage in actions that make them come across as excessively dramatic, or annoying attention-seekers. People often ignore the symptoms since people with histrionic personality disorders behave well in social situations, and more alarming signs aren’t usually apparent. Some of the signs exhibited by people...
  • Deal With Personality Disorders

    Many cases of people with personality disorders may involve the risks of suicide and self-harm. People with personality disorders may or may not be fully aware of their actions, which may require their families and friends to support them through this ordeal. Some of the ways family and friends...
  • Personality Disorder Stages

    Mental illness is more predominant in society than most people realize. It is not something to be ashamed of, instead it should be more acknowledged. The five stages that people with personality are; Unawareness Most people who have personality disorders are often unaware of their actions or how their...
  • Mental Health Awareness

    It is important to constantly monitor your mental health, from constant check-ups to being alerted to symptoms of mental illness. Mental illness may progress over time and be detrimental to yourself and your personal relationships with loved ones. There are many causes of mental illness, some due to genetics,...
  • Social Anxiety Symptoms

    The majority of people feel a little bit self-conscience or shy in social situations that are generally considered to be nerve-racking. These include walking into a crowd of unknown individuals, going to a job interview, or giving a speech in front of a large audience. Everyone has likely experienced clammy hands, an...
  • Anxiety Causes

    Everyone experiences some amount of anxiety in everyday life. Students often experience anxiety when faced with a pop quiz or important exam. Life events such as moving, getting married or having a child also cause stress and anxiety. For some people, however, anxiety becomes a debilitating illness. According to...
  • Treat Anxiety

    Everyone experiences some level of anxiety at different times in life. Unlike students who experience brief anxiety leading up to a final exam or those who experience short-lived stress when faced with major life-changing events, people with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety for a minimum of six...
  • Types of Anxiety

    Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. When anxiety gets out of control, and interferes with the quality of life, help should be sought. To get an accurate diagnosis of anxiety, an appointment should be made with one of the following professionals: Family Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioner (ARNP),...
  • Anxiety Attacks

    Anxiety attacks, commonly called “panic attacks,” arise suddenly and present with a variety of intense physical symptoms that can be mistaken for a heart attack. An anxiety attack can happen anywhere. Although stress is a factor and a trigger that may lead to an anxiety attack, often no trigger...
  • Baby Anxiety

    My Baby Won’t Calm Down! There are few words to adequately describe just how much a newborn baby could cry. Whether it’s dreaded colic, sensitivity to light and noise, or overall discontent, a baby can cry longer than you can keep your patience. So, what happens when your little...
  • Anxiety

    An anxiety attack is a short period of overwhelming fear that comes on with no warning and for no rational reason. Those who experience anxiety attacks one or three should go to a doctor. An anxiety attack is also often called a panic attack. Treatment of Anxiety Doctors are...
  • Personality Disorder Types

    Personality disorders are defined as continuous patterns of behavior and internal experiences that are highly deviant from most societal and cultural expectations or norms. Such behaviors are inflexible and pervasive. They start in late childhood or early adulthood, continue over time, and provide a source of distress and even impairment. DSM-V,...
  • Treat Personality Disorders

    Personality disorders are a category of mental disorders that are characterized by rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving, and functioning. The most well-known personality disorders include obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder. There is a wide range of personality disorders, with...
  • Diagnosing Schizoaffective Disorders

    Schizoaffective disorder is both a psychotic disorder and a mood disorder. In order to get an accurate diagnosis, the affected individual must visit a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist for a mental health assessment. In addition to meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) criteria for...
  • Schizoaffective Disorder Causes

    As with many psychological disorders, a single definitive cause has yet to be determined for schizoaffective disorder. However, several informed contributing causes have been suggested. Genetics plays a strong role: schizoaffective disorder is more likely to appear if a family member has the condition. This plays into the differences in...
  • Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic psychological disorder characterized by its combination of both schizophrenic and mood disorder symptoms. Less than half a percent of the population is affected, and this condition is often misunderstood—and misdiagnosed. Here is a look at what psychotic and mood disorders are, as well as the...
  • Treat Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoaffective disorder is both a psychotic disorder and a mood disorder. In addition to meeting the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia, the patient must also meet the diagnostic criteria for either major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. Because of this dual nature, it can be easy to misunderstand—and misdiagnose—schizoaffective disorder. However, appropriate...
  • Personality Disorders

    A personality disorder is commonly defined as a rigid, unhealthy way of thinking, behaving and functioning in life. In general, when people have personality disorders, they often have difficulty in relating to others and to certain situations. They often cannot perceive things as they are in reality, which leads them to experience difficulty in social...
  • Diagnosing Histrionic Personality Disorder

    Histrionic personality disorder is a condition characterized by attention-seeking behaviors and inappropriate social interactions. Like other personality disorders, HPD can be tricky to diagnose because its symptoms manifest behaviorally instead of physically. Despite this issue, psychologists have developed a rudimentary system for determining whether a patient is suffering from...
  • Bipolar Disorder Causes

    Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects the chemistry of your brain and causes emotional episodes ranging from manic and hypomanic (less severe than manic) to major depressive. The cause of this disorder is not known exactly. However, it is generally believed that the disorder is the result of a...
  • Understanding Personality Disorders

    Personality disorders are a type of mental disorder that causes rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving. People who suffer from personality disorders have trouble perceiving and relating to certain situations and most other people, which can lead to problems with social encounters, relationships, work, and school....
  • Prioritizing Mental Health

    Being able to live a full, productive, and happy life depends on more than just your physical health—mental health is equally, if not more, important. Unfortunately, the idea of mental illness still has a stigma associated with it in our society, which causes many people who suffer from various...
  • Psychologists and Psychiatrists at Mental Health Clinics

    A stigma surrounds seeing psychologists and psychiatrists at mental health centers. People stray away from mental health centers or even refuse to acknowledge mental illness in fear of what their friends and family may think of them. However, psychologists and psychiatrists can help you from the start till the...
  • What To Expect At Mental Health Centers

    Mental health consists of our emotional, psychological and social well-being that define our lifestyles. It shapes our relationships and how we interact with other people. Due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, many hesitate to seek the professional help they need, more so visit a mental health center for...
  • Discussing Histrionic Personality Disorder

    Discussing histrionic personality disorder with a loved one can be difficult, since he or she is most likely unaware that the symptoms being displayed are destructive or inappropriate. However, if you have a real desire to see your loved one get much-needed help, then this is a talk you’ve...
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder Myths

    It’s not unusual to find lots of misinformation about personality disorders, and histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is no different. This stems from a couple of things—a lack of thorough research on the subject and the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Here’s a look at five common HPD myths and where...
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms

    Defining the symptoms of histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a difficult task because there is no definitive test for diagnosis and the proposed characteristics are open to interpretation and subject to cultural difference. However, despite these difficulties, the American Psychological Association has established general guidelines for identifying symptoms commonly...
  • Treat Histrionic Personality Disorder

    As with many other personality disorders, treating histrionic personality disorder (HPD) can be difficult. The lack of diagnostic exams to test for the condition coupled with the lack of consensus about the origins of HPD means that treatment options are scarce and often cobbled together. Additionally, it is often...
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder

    Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a condition marked by a pattern of extreme attention-seeking behaviors, oftentimes sexual or seductive in nature. Despite its recognition by several authoritative psychological bodies, such as the American Psychological Association and the World Health Organization, HPD remains a controversial diagnosis. Symptoms There is no...
  • Schizoaffective Disorder vs Schizophrenia

    Psychological disorders are often a source of discomfort because of the general lack of understanding about the nature of such conditions. While there are many different types of psychological conditions, psychotic disorders (those involving a break between reality and the affected individual’s perception) are probably some of the least understood....
  • Terms About Schizoaffective Disorder

    Although no psychological disorder is necessarily easy to comprehend, some are more difficult to diagnose and comprehend than others. Schizoaffective disorder is a psychological disorder composed of features of both a psychotic disorder (schizophrenia) and a mood disorder (depression or bipolar disorder). Here are a few terms to help you...
  • Schizoaffective Disorder Symptoms

    Schizoaffective disorder is considered a psychotic disorder, although the characteristic presence of a mood disorder must also be evident. Perhaps because of its tendency to be a controversial subject amongst psychological professionals, schizoaffective disorder is often misdiagnosed. Additionally, it isn’t a well understood issue for the general public either. Here...
  • Accurate Mental Health Depictions

    Mental illness is something that has fascinated Americans for decades, which is why there have been so many Hollywood movies made that are centered on the subject. Even though movies portraying mental illness may do well in the box office, how true to life are they? From depression, to short-term memory...
  • Mass Psychogenic Illness

    Mass psychogenic illness is a condition that is usually induced by stress, fear, or emotional distress. It can be caused by reports of things such as exposure to chemicals, toxins, or viruses, and the symptoms that result are so real that it’s hard to believe they don’t have a...
  • Mental Health Problem Causes

    There is a positive link between mental illness and substance abuse. Certain drugs can lead to an increased risk of developing a mental disorder, such as depression, paranoia, or delusions. Long-term use of drugs or alcohol can cause depression and anxiety that worsens over time. Although there is some...
  • Prioritize Mental Health

    Mental health is defined by your emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, and it affects the way that you think, feel, and act. The way we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices are all determined by the state of our mental health. The line between mental health and mental...
  • Common Mental Health Problems

    Efforts are being made to better understand the complexity of mental health and how to effectively help those struggling.  Chances are you or someone you know will experience a mental disorder at some point in life. Here is a look at three of the most common mental health disorders in...
  • Clinical Depression Symptoms

    Clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, is a severe form of depression. This kind of depression is a psychological disorder that requires treatment from mental health professionals. Symptoms In order to be diagnosed with this condition, people must exhibit at least five of the recognized symptoms nearly every day....
  • Women and Depression

    Depression can come in many different shapes and forms. Not only is depression more common in women, but the pattern of symptoms and causes are also unique from depression in men. Different reproductive hormones play a role in why depression expresses itself differently, but there are also social pressures women...
  • Treating Depression

    Depression is a serious illness. Though there is no definitive cure, it is treatable. There are depression treatments that are commonly used and some that are experimental. Older depression treatment options were useful, but often had serious side effects. New types of depression treatments are available that help patients maintain...
  • Depression Symptoms

    Depression is becoming a major health problem along with many other disorders that come along with being depressed, such as bipolar disorder. Most patients do not know they are suffering with depression symptoms until they are diagnosed, although they face it on a daily basis. It is usually said...
  • Depression Causes

    Major depression is a serious and persistent condition that leaves a person with unshakeable feelings of sadness or hopelessness and permeates many different aspects of his or her life. While each patient’s condition is unique, some of the more common symptoms of major depression include a lack of interest in...
  • Things Detrimental to Mental Health

    While there are plenty of things you can do to improve your mental health, there are also plenty of things you might be doing to harm it. Here is a list of common behaviors that might make you feel better temporarily but aren’t actually as helpful as you think....