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  • Warning signs are those symptoms and behaviors that occur before a mental health crisis event. Each person has a unique set of symptoms. Know your signs and what to do if you experience them.

    43 Mental Health Warning Signs to Recognize

    43 Mental Health Warning Signs to Recognize

    by Blake Flannery12

  • 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.

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    by Richard J ONeill39

  • 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.

    How to Be Understanding With People With Bipolar Disorder

    How to Be Understanding With People With Bipolar Disorder

    by Kitty Fields20

  • 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.

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    by Kim Harris24

  • 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.

    Finding a Career Match as a Highly Sensitive Person

    Finding a Career Match as a Highly Sensitive Person

    by Peter Messerschmidt22

  • What happens when stress builds to gigantic proportions? What happens when stress converts itself into a physical manifestation? Nonepileptic seizures explained.

    Stress Overload: Nonepileptic Seizures

    Stress Overload: Nonepileptic Seizures

    by meloncauli31

  • 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?

    Are Hoarders Actually Narcissists?

    Are Hoarders Actually Narcissists?

    by The Little Shaman19

  • 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.

    Why Am I So Tired? Bipolar and Fatigue

    Why Am I So Tired? Bipolar and Fatigue

    by Mark Choat4

  • Hoarding is often a taboo subject. Hoarders tend to hide their behavior. In addition to affecting their quality of life, hoarding also has a deleterious affect on their loved ones. Familial relationships become strained or non-existent, furthering the isolation and attachment to things vs people.

    Hoarding: What the Clutter Is Really Hiding

    Hoarding: What the Clutter Is Really Hiding

    by Michelle Mollohan1

  • 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.

    How to Self-Administer EMDR Therapy

    How to Self-Administer EMDR Therapy

    by Audrey Kirchner20

  • A skinny woman's battle with stereotypes. How American culture makes being thin synonymous with anorexia. "Skinny girls have no right to complain."

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    by Melanie Palen221

  • 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.

    The Highly Sensitive Person: An Introduction

    The Highly Sensitive Person: An Introduction

    by Peter Messerschmidt53

  • 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.

    A Guide to Bowen Family Systems Therapy

    A Guide to Bowen Family Systems Therapy

    by Yvette Stupart PhD19

  • Coffee and tea are adored worldwide, and provide many people with daily energy and motivation. However, regular caffeine consumption has a darker side and can result in severe addiction and depression. This article tackles the problem of drinking caffeine when you are bipolar- or mania-prone.

    Coffee Ruins Mental Health: Mania, Depression and Anxiety

    Coffee Ruins Mental Health: Mania, Depression and Anxiety

    by Lucy3

  • Family therapy pays attention to how family members influence each other’s behavior. This approach uses a wide range of techniques to improve family functioning.

    A Guide to Family Therapy Techniques

    A Guide to Family Therapy Techniques

    by Yvette Stupart PhD4

  • 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?

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    by Angela Michelle Schultz9

  • 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.

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    by Bill Holland115

  • This article discusses and reviews several books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention.

    What Is Narcissism?  Top Three Book Picks

    What Is Narcissism? Top Three Book Picks

    by Wendy Golden22

  • 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.

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    by becauseilive264

  • As a highly sensitive person, I regularly scour the Internet and bookshops for more material that may shed light on this wonderful gift we highly sensitive people know as the HSP trait.

    10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    by Richard J ONeill22

  • 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.

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    by jamesmuia3

  • 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?

    When an Overdose Becomes Attention Seeking

    When an Overdose Becomes Attention Seeking

    by meloncauli16

  • 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.

    How to Break a Nasal Spray Addiction

    How to Break a Nasal Spray Addiction

    by Kitty Fields12

  • 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.

    A Guide to Structural Family Therapy

    A Guide to Structural Family Therapy

    by Yvette Stupart PhD27

  • 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.

    9 Anger Management Tips for Teens

    9 Anger Management Tips for Teens

    by Yvette Stupart PhD13

  • Like any drug, alcohol is dangerous to the abuser's body, brain, and nervous system. In order to repair the damage, it is important to understand the effects of alcohol abuse.

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    by Roxanne Lewis44

  • 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.

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    by Sean Rice50

  • 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.

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    by Susan Reid193

  • 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.

    Afrin Addiction: Rebound Nasal Congestion

    Afrin Addiction: Rebound Nasal Congestion

    by Charlotte Doyle3

  • 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.

    12 Great Ways to Take Charge of Your Mental Health

    12 Great Ways to Take Charge of Your Mental Health

    by Yvette Stupart PhD16

  • 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.

    Behavioral Chain Analysis: A CBT Tool

    Behavioral Chain Analysis: A CBT Tool

    by Blake Flannery2

  • The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    by Krzysztof Willman21

  • Do you know someone who you suspect to be a sociopath? Or do you wonder if you yourself may be a sociopath? Review the common symptoms below and put your speculation to rest!

    Symptoms of a Sociopath

    Symptoms of a Sociopath

    by Simone Haruko Smith54

  • 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.

    Risk Factors for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Risk Factors for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    by Yvette Stupart PhD2

  • Find out how to cope with stress more effectively by knowing what kind of stress you're experiencing!

    The Four Types of Stress

    The Four Types of Stress

    by JohnMello42

  • 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.

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    by Efficient Admin35

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