Behaviors can be analyzed clearly through the useful tool of behavioral chains. Because thoughts influence emotions and behaviors, behaviors can be traced back to thoughts and feelings.
Can children be narcissists? In this day and age, many have this question. Learn about narcissism in children, during development, and how it can carry over into adulthood.
HSPs often struggle with friendships and relationships. This article explores where difficulties arise; then offers thoughts on how a Highly Sensitive Person can form more lasting friendships.
A severe anxiety problem or bout of depression can produce many odd symptoms. Depersonalization and derealization are two of the worst symptoms a sufferer may encounter.
Bipolar disorder is more than difficult for the person diagnosed with the disorder, but it is often not discussed that it may be even harder on their family and friends. There are ways to cope with someone who is bipolar.
The symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can merge to become a disorder known as schizoaffective. Coping can be very difficult.
Nicotine gum and lozenges can be useful when you're trying to quit smoking, but they can create a new, hard-to-kick addiction themselves. Are you addicted?
Are drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict.
My father was a compulsive gambler. This article is about how loved ones can protect themselves from the ravages of a gambling addiction.
Frustrations and sadness can lead to angry outbursts, but consider the negative impact on your life and relationships. Take these nine steps to manage your anger.
Many twins suffer from separation anxiety. Written by a twin, this article provides tips for how to cope with this anxiety.
This article discusses and reviews several books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention.
Learn how to stop drinking alcohol for a month, regain control of your consumption, and improve your well-being.
What happens when you quit smoking? Whether you go "cold turkey" or use smoking-cessation aids, you will likely experience side effects. Learn what they are and how to alleviate the symptoms.
My personal story struggling with trypophobia and an explanation of what may cause it...without the triggering, anxiety-inducing images that usually accompany trypophobia articles.
Highly Sensitive Men are often an "invisible" subset of the HSP spectrum. Learn more about the highly sensitive man and the challenges he faces.
What's the difference between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker? Can you really stop any time you want ? Have you crossed the line from social drinking to alcoholism? A simple test can tell you...
It's an age-old question: does the narcissist miss you when you leave? It's not so much that they miss you but what you do for them. Learn about how narcissists understand their relationships.
What it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and why it matters to understand as much as possible about this trait.
Anxiety and OCD can affect the mind in various ways. Derealisation sufferers feel totally detached from reality and in a dream-like trance. I wish to demystify and tackle this terrifying phenomenon.
Some people who experience extreme trauma develop PTSD symptoms, including flashbacks and disturbing dreams. Although it is not possible to predict who will develop PTSD, there are some risk factors.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming) therapy is useful in treating many anxiety and panic disorders. Learn how to self-administer this therapy anytime and anyplace.
Overusing nasal decongestant sprays may actually cause more congestion rather than relieving it. This is how I developed an addiction to Afrin and how I was able to stop using it.
People struggle with various emotional and psychological challenges, and psychotherapists use different approaches, including Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), to address these issues.
Smoking affects older and younger smokers in different ways, and the two groups may think differently about quitting smoking. But the ultimate effect is the same. Smoking kills.
Do bad thoughts pop into your mind for no reason? Do you think about hurting other people—or yourself? Do your thoughts embarrass you? If so, you may suffer from intrusive thoughts. Learn more here.
Do you know everything you should about your anti-anxiety medication? Do they help? Are they a cure?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.
I spent half my life suffering with panic disorder. Although I haven’t had a panic attack in years, I remember them all too well. This article discusses the techniques that worked for me.
The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.
Did you know that it's possible to get addicted to nasal sprays? Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. This is what I did to break my dependence.
Why do compliments make you feel uncomfortable. Is it natural to feel like you're being lied to? What are the rules for accepting a compliment? Can I change how I feel? Absolutely!
Everyone knows that cigarette smoke is bad for you, but what do cigarettes actually do? How does it cause cancer and what inside it makes it bad for you?
Living with and being supportive of a person with PTSD can be one of the most difficult things you will ever experience. My ex-girlfriend can attest to that.
When does the oral curiosity about our surroundings in childhood cross the line into a medical problem? Pica is an eating disorder that is characterized by non-food cravings.
If you are a highly sensitive person (HSP), you may have faced a variety of struggles with work. This article examines some of the challenges and difficulties HSPs face at work and why they exist.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that can be treated with medication and therapy. I've personally experienced this condition, and this article is meant to share my knowledge.
People take going shopping for granted. What happens when this everyday activity brings such fear that you totally avoid doing it?
One of the most common things we say to comfort a friend is, "I know how you feel"...but have you ever considered the effects of this seemingly innocent response?
A look at the latest research on the effects of childhood bullying that can last into adulthood, as well as my own story as a bullying survivor.
Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.
This is a list of positive and negative coping skills. Positive coping skills benefit you while negative coping skills cost you something. Use these coping strategies to help you manage stress.
Mental illness affects one in four adults. In some cases, commitment to a psychiatric facility is the best process to protects all parties. Here are the facts about involuntary commitment.
Children have narcissistic qualities—it's a part of growing up. Learn about what factors can hinder your child's ability to grow out of these narcissistic behaviors.
Gambling addiction is one of the hardest problems to stop. It can be an all-consuming behavior that can result in some very bad consequences. Here are ten ways to stop gambling forever.
Cognitive therapy is one of the approaches for the treatment of depression. According to Aaron Beck, depressed persons consistently view themselves, the future, and the world in a negative way.
How easy is it to overdose on nicotine? Not as easy as one would think. Learn to recognize the warning signs and symptoms, as well as how to treat a potential overdose.
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
People who have a mental health disorder have to live with stigma and discrimination. The popular use of slang terminology doesn't help.
If a person repeatedly overdoses on pills but always survives... and yet claims it is because of a desire to die, does it necessarily mean their intent is false? Is it attention-seeking behaviour?
This article explains why depression must be understood as more than a social stigma. People should know it as a true medical illness far more serious than we may think.
Find out how to cope with stress more effectively by knowing what kind of stress you're experiencing!
A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?
Disturbing thoughts can be a major problem for those who suffer with anxiety disorders. Why do you get them and how can you deal with them?
Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.
Sometimes a Highly Sensitive Person gets overstimulated by even simple and small things. Here are a few examples—as well as some tips to deal with this challenge.
I was finally motivated to quit smoking not because of health concerns but because of sheer vanity and self-interest. Here are five good reasons to quit that you may not have considered.
Prior to 1995, I thought I would be hooked on cigarettes until the end of my life. This article is the story of how I miraculously quit smoking.
I am a recovered agoraphobic. This is the 10-step program I used to help overcome the fears that had taken control of my life.
Covert narcissists, also known as stealth or closet narcissists, get away with mental and emotional abuse. They are mastermind manipulators and work behind-the-scenes to control their victim.
Why does my face turn red at the most inopportune times? Is there any way I can stop, or am I doomed to spend the rest of my life hearing, "Oh, she's blushing?" Written by a fellow frequent-blusher.
When we face a problem we often also face the irony that we find it easier to discuss our problems with a stranger than with our loved ones.
Maybe you've heard the term Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP, and wondered what it means, and whether it applies to you. There's a lot more to being an HSP than just getting your feelings hurt easily.
Many find addiction recovery within a well hiked path, others find it on the road less traveled. Yet some will find recovery where no one has traveled before. The differences are many, but no path is superior to the other.
Structural Family Therapy (SFT) is an approach that focuses on the family structure, its interactions, and its hierarchy—in order to influence change in individuals and the entire family.
Students with ADHD have problems with poor academic performance, conduct disorders, and higher risk-taking behaviors. MRI research helps shed light on symptoms and behaviors.
If you frequently feel frazzled and overwhelmed by responsibilities and everyday tasks, this article offers tips for reducing stress and coping. These are the strategies that work for me.
This article discusses the causes signs, and symptoms of eating disorders and how to prevent them. Written by a health professional who has recovered from an eating disorder.
Automatonophobia refers to an irrational fear of objects that falsely imitate a living, conscious being. Common examples include dolls, wax figures, puppets, and ventriloquist dummies.
This article is about what is referred as the silent treatment—when a person intentionally refuses to talk to another person—and its effects on those individuals and relationships.
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
Find out the cold, hard truth on how to quit smoking. Over the years, I tried to quit many times—but nothing ever worked. This is the technique I used to kick the habit for good.
Noise can be a source of great distress and frustration for an HSP. This article explores some of the ways we can manage the noise input around us.
Do you want to enhance your mental well-being? Follow these 12 steps to improve all areas of your life, including the quality of your relationships, work, and how you cope with life's challenges.
What happens when stress builds to gigantic proportions? What happens when stress converts itself into a physical manifestation? Nonepileptic seizures explained.
A letter to those contemplating suicide, written a week after I lost a dear friend who took her own life.
Although you may have the best intentions and mean well, enabling an addict actually contributes to their addiction. Learn the warning signs of enabling behavior and how to break the toxic cycle.
Do you fear being alone and think you cannot cope without someone else by your side? You may have dependent personality disorder.
Playing video games for many can be an innocent form of entertainment, and many can game without developing problems. The intent of this article is to provide information about the pitfalls—the "dark side"—to video gaming, and the growing addiction concerns.
Bowen family systems therapy takes a multigenerational approach to treating the family system. It emphasizes the need for unresolved emotional fusion to be addressed for healthy family functioning.
Depression, itself, is enough to change your behaviour and impede your functioning. Psychosis can exacerbate those changes and make the experience terrifying. Learn about how it can be treated.
The love affair between bipolar and fatigue is overwhelming to the person living with this condition, as well as to everyone around him or her.
Use the Johari Window to increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and to decrease anxiety. This communication tool can help improve relationships.
Having a spouse with bipolar depression will test your strength and your patience. The most important things to remember, no matter how cliche, is that is not who they are and they need your love.
Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.
Learn about essential nutrients, simple juicing recipes, and different types of juicers. Juicing for stress and anxiety is simple, natural, and totally effective.
Fictional account of a counselor working to establish rapport with a sullen teen. Suggests verbal/nonverbal techniques and also discusses the implications of unintended reactions. Short story format.
Dermatillomania is a disorder in which one has the urge to pick at one's skin, especially in times of anxiety or stress. I've experienced this condition since I was a child.
The stigma surrounding methadone as treatment for opiate addiction is strong. This article seeks to dispel some of the myths related to MMT, which I successfully used to conquer my heroin addiction.
Smarten up everyday without even trying! These 9 easy tips on brain training will improve your neuroplasticty, making you happier, funnier and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Quitting smoking is just the beginning. Staying quit is much harder. Here are the tips and tricks that helped me stay off cigarettes and quit smoking permanently. I hope they will help you, too.
About 10% of the population suffers from an irrational fear of needles and injections. Medical phobias—fear of blood, injections, and injury—differ from other types of phobias in key ways.
With TV shows like Hoarders putting the national spotlight on hoarding, much has been learned about this debilitating disorder. But is hoarding more than just an anxiety disorder?