If you're an introvert like I am, making chitchat is draining and annoying. But it doesn't need to be that way. Stop dreading casual interaction and learn how to embrace it.
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.
If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (or 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.
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.
People who have a mental health disorder have to live with stigma and discrimination. The popular use of slang terminology doesn't help.
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.
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.
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.
Highly Sensitive Men are often an "invisible" subset of the HSP spectrum. Learn more about the highly sensitive man and the challenges he faces.
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.
The secret means that narcissistic predators use to exploit others.
Do you still dwell on a comment someone made to you years ago? Are you still wondering whether you were in the wrong by acting as you did, even years later? Well, I can tell you why, and how to stop.
What are the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction? Learn how to recognize if someone you know might have a problem.
Bipolar disorder. This mental 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 the bipolar person's family and friends. There are ways of coping with the rollercoaster ride of bipolar loved ones.
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.
Have you ever wondered if you might be an alcoholic? Learn about some of the signs that indicate you may have a problem.
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.
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!
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.
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
My father was a compulsive gambler. This article is about how loved ones can protect themselves from the ravages of a gambling addiction.
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.
What it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and why it matters to understand as much as possible about this trait.
As highly sensitive people, we sense everything—though we might not always want to. At those times when we need to retreat but can't, are we at risk of developing social anxiety?
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.
If there is an opposite of addiction, it might be mindfulness. While addiction often involves running from feelings and numbing pain, mindfulness involves learning to stay with and accept pain and discomfort. Practicing mindfulness skills during treatment can help maintain sobriety beyond treatment.
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.
When stress gets out of control, we experience physical distress to the point that we become ill. To keep this from happening, use these three simple techniques.
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...
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.
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.
I suffered from social anxiety since puberty. As an adult, I took an anti-anxiety drug for seven years. I now regret taking it for so long, and I want to promote ways overcome anxiety without drugs.
Are you unsure if you should take medications to help your mental health issues? This article offers guidelines on when a prescription is a must as well as other times when it might be helpful.
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.
The distorted reality and skewed and twisted ideology of narcissists has a strong tendency to run in bloodlines, leading many narcissistic people into believing that such abuse is a normal thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beat your narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) by kicking the parasite out of your head.
Do you know everything you should about your anti-anxiety medication? Do they help? Are they a cure?
This article explains why I believe that enablers of narcissistic abuse are not so innocent.
Labeling those with addictions can dehumanize them. The term "addict"suggests everything about the person results from the addiction, whereas "person with an addiction" puts the person first.