This article explores the experimental diagnostic category of malignant narcissism, one of the most destructive and inhumane of all psychiatric illnesses.
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.
Dementia is not a disease. It is, what we call in the medical parlance, a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms and manifestations that can collectively represent a condition.It is therefore vitally important to get the right diagnosis so the physician can plan the right treatment and management plan.
This article describes the traits of antisocial personality disorder, medication and treatment recommendations, and suggestions for loved ones and healthcare professionals. Real-life examples of traits and patient care are provided.
A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.
How to recognize covert narcissistic (emotional and mental) abuse and stealth psychological manipulation perpetrated by narcissists.
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
Not all narcissists are the same. Despite commonly held beliefs, not all narcissists are either cerebral or somatic. There are actually many types/subtypes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
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.
Everyone daydreams. But some of us daydream excessively—to the point where it interferes with our daily, real lives.
Many people believe that narcissists don't have feelings, but is this really true? Read on to find out.
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.
Lack of empathy is a hallmark characteristic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This article explores whether the narcissist lacks empathy—or is simply unwilling or unable to display empathy.
What can you say to a recovering addict who is craving the substance of their addiction? I was addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years. These are the words that helped me through my recovery.
For many of us, admitting that there is a substance abuse problem leads to fear, shame, and embarrassment. A willingness to break through the denial, however, can lead to live-saving perspectives.
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.
What do you do when the malignant narcissist in your life is attempting to cause you problems, turn other people against you, and ruin your life with lies? Read on to find out.
Discusses imaging techniques determining causal factors of addiction, as well as a study showing that signs of cravings are apparent for days, and possibly even weeks or months, after death.
Afraid of roller coasters? Always left behind holding everyone's stuff as they have the time of their lives? End your fear with these steps, and soon someone else will be holding your stuff.
You may think of PTSD as an extreme condition suffered by soldiers traumatized by war. In reality, PSTD can be caused by many different types of trauma, and it is more common than you might realize.
In 1975, Swedish researcher Marie Asberg found a direct relationship between low serotonin levels in depression and aggressive behavior. How do SSRIs help with depression?
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.
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.
This is a detailed plan how to quit smoking without using any drugs. The plan has been quite successful.
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.
Could you recognize someone with narcissistic personality disorder? Is your co-worker, family member or lover a narcissist? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of narcissism, before it's too late!
A letter to those contemplating suicide, written a week after I lost a dear friend who took her own life.
Feeling sad on or around your birthday? You're not alone—having the birthday blues is more common than you might think. Read on for ideas on how to get over your funk.
How do you cope with anxiety when it becomes a way of life for you? Are you a worrier who does not know how to relax?
As a third generation child of narcissism, I am speaking from experience, not education. All accounts are from my own experience and observation of the family dynamic.
Why do narcissists say the things they say? Why do they believe the things they seem to believe? Read on to find out.
Are you considering therapy? Find out how you can get help for emotional/mental problems and behavioral conflicts through psychotherapy.
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.
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.
Bipolar disorder affects millions every day. The caretakers, family, and loved ones don't know what to do. Here are some tips on how to understand and help.
Emetophobia, the fear of throwing up, is the fifth most common phobia in the world. A mother shares her daughter's journey through this paralyzing fear and how, eventually through exposure therapy, her daughter finds relief and hope to pursue her dreams.
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.
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.
This article discusses and reviews several books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention.
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.
Anger is an extremely powerful emotion that at times can be life changing, either through single massive instances of anger or the smaller inconveniences and conflicts of day to day life. Since anger can be so potent, knowing how people manage and...
When we are abused, we want the abuser to take responsibility for what they've done and be held accountable for their actions. Is this possible with narcissists? Read on to find out.
A wide range of distressing experiences such as physical injury, illness, death, and natural disasters could cause trauma. But while your life might never the same again, you can recover.
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.
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.
How do you shut a narcissist down in an argument? How do you prevent arguments from happening in the first place? Read on to find out.
These are the strategies I use to cope with lack of motivation when I am experiencing a major depressive episode.
We're more stressed than ever! We can't sleep, concentrate or have fun. We need to relieve stress and we need to do it now. Read on to learn how...
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.
Existential depression might be best described as a kind of depression that is not necessarily associated with the various kinds of clinical depressions typical of mental health disorders.
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.
People struggle with various emotional and psychological challenges, and psychotherapists use different approaches, including Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), to address these issues.
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?
What happens when stress builds to gigantic proportions? What happens when stress converts itself into a physical manifestation? Nonepileptic seizures explained.
Paralyzing anxiety attacks are a horrible, debilitating condition. Here are five things you can do to "snap yourself" out of one and move on with your 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.
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.
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.
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 to recognize and identify the emotional design of the narcissist and escape narcissistic abuse, which is the most damaging, undercover, covert and insidious form of mental/emotional abuse.
Is being overt or covert a static state of being? What if a narcissist seems to be both? We'll clear up that mystery right now.
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.
Death is an inevitable part of life, but if you're suffering from necrophobia, the fear of death may feel overwhelming. In this article, we'll talk about some practical ways to overcome necrophobia.
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.
Are Spice and K2 safe alternatives to marijuana? Read on to find out the possible dangers of synthetic marijuana.
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.
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.
A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?
In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an individual must tackle thought and behavior patterns. To address behavioral avoidance, a fear and avoidance hierarchy must be constructed.
My father was a compulsive gambler. This article is about how loved ones can protect themselves from the ravages of a gambling addiction.
If you are here because you plan on quitting, I can't stress enough how great you will feel once you've finally given up cigarettes. Quitting smoking was the very best thing I've done for myself.
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.
Stop Nicotine and Quit (SNAQ) is a chemical-free, simple plan to achieve a smoke-free life. Wean yourself, panic-free, from nicotine over a course of time that is comfortable for you.
From the time I was a small child, I experienced bouts of depression, or "the plague," as I always thought of it. When I was a child, those dark days were worse than any boogey-man.
Find out how to cope with stress more effectively by knowing what kind of stress you're experiencing!
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?
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.
So you want to stop smoking reefer, eh? It may seem like it's too hard, but I'm here to say you can do it. I successfully quit myself, and here I will share the strategies that worked for me.
Do the side effects of bulimia include acne and breakouts? Doctors and dermatologists are divided in their views on this question. The author shares her story of bulimia and skin problems.
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 you ever feel bummed out or just downright depressed when Christmas is over? I know I feel a little sad when all the festivities have passed. Ways to lift our moods once the holidays have passed.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has resurged over the past 20 years. This article covers information about ECT, as well as my experience undergoing this therapy.
Despite all the myths and facts, people with a seemingly dangerous disease such as schizophrenia can live normal lives just like healthy people. It’s all about the right treatment and support.
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.
Assumptions are a part of our everyday lives. Every decision we make is based upon them. The problem occurs when we make decisions based on assumptions that we have not validated or proven correct.
What it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and why it matters to understand as much as possible about this trait.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 2.2 million American adults. What is OCD, what does it feel like to have the disorder, and what's new in the world of treatment?
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?
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.
To be a good caregiver for a patient with dementia, the person needs energy, determination, courage, and understanding. However, they also need insight, self-motivation, and enormous amount of self-care. A carer who doesn't care enough for themselves will emotionally and physically burn themselves out.
An informative article about depression from someone who is dealing with the day-to-day struggle of this condition.
Everybody bottles up their emotions at some point. The trick is to realize that doing so isn't healthy. Here are some techniques that have worked for me.
Learn to control your fears. The good news is that phobias are easy to cure! The treatment is amazing. Learning to keep yourself calm in the face of your irrational fears is so empowering. Self-relaxation is helpful in so many other ways too.
What are the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction? Learn how to recognize if someone you know might have a problem.
I lived with bulimia for 20 years, and now I'm finally recovered. In this article, I discuss the effects of bulimia on the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy complications, and sex drive.
An introduction to the different defense mechanisms with definitions and examples. A quiz is included to test your knowledge.
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.
Learn four ways to overcome social anxiety naturally that you can start doing right now. Don't let social anxiety keep you from doing the things you love. Enjoy a happier, healthier life.
We live in a 24/7 society. Shutting it down in time to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night is almost impossible. Alarmingly, more and more people are turning to drugs to help them sleep.
I am a shy person and have improved a lot with the simple techniques discussed here. If you are shy and aren't sure what to do, please read on...
What are the 10 commandments that prevent gambling addiction? Explore what an addict should and shouldn't do to promote rehab and recovery.
I have written a 12-step programs for depression. These are the things that helped me get well and enjoy life again. They are not easy steps to take, but the rewards are amazing.
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.
A skinny woman's battle with stereotypes. How American culture makes being thin synonymous with anorexia. "Skinny girls have no right to complain."
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.
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...
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?
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
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.
Do you fear being alone and think you cannot cope without someone else by your side? You may have dependent personality disorder.
I am a loner. Despite how others have treated me throughout my life, I am happy. Loners are individuals, true to themselves. Why are some people loners? Can you simultaneously be a loner and be happy?
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.
Unfortunately when you quit smoking experiencing some smoking withdrawal symptoms is common. The side effects of quitting smoking can be diverse. After quitting smoking not everyone is affected by smoking withdrawal symptoms and side effects to the...
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.
Our neural pathways are wired by our beliefs, emotions and habits. They can function on auto pilot and are responsible for fight or flight responses. It is possible to rewire your brain to function differently. Here are some step by step instructions to rewire your brain to overcome fear and anxiety.
Have you ever wondered if you might be an alcoholic? Learn about some of the signs that indicate you may have a problem.
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.
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.
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!
“A principle is not merely a fundamental truth, but principles must serve as the very first source of every decision we make along the road to success.” ― Richie Norton
How do you know if you're depressed? What's the difference between depression and just being down in the dumps about something? Take the quiz below to test yourself, and also have a look at the symptoms below—though nothing beats seeing a professional for diagnosis and help, this guide might help you make an initial analysis.
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.
Do you know everything you should about your anti-anxiety medication? Do they help? Are they a cure?
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.
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.
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.
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.
During a panic attack, we feel like we are going to die. Rather than going to the emergency room, use these three steps to bring emotions back to a manageable level.
Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.
People fear what they don't understand—and schizophrenics are usually very misunderstood. However, the mind of a schizophrenic is unique and complex; something to be revered, not feared.
Highly sensitive people make up 15-20% of the population, which translates to millions of people. Why then are they so widely misunderstood? Here are 25 gifts HSPs share with the world.
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.
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.
Many people suffer from anxiety disorders. I will show you how to treat General Anxiety Disorder using natural, alternative methods.
The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.
What is the difference between someone who is narcissistic and someone who is just mean? We shed some light on this right now.
This article explores the connection between analytical/deep/philosophical thinking and depression. A brief comparison of those who think a lot and those who are carefree.
Mental illness is getting more attention in the media, but it is still poorly understood by many. Misconceptions and assumptions can be harmful, but with knowledge comes the power to be a better ally.
Use the Johari Window to increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and to decrease anxiety. This communication tool can help improve relationships.
Negative emotions can make us feel like we are drowning in a sea of our own judgment. Learn to deal with this negativity so that you can be prepared, even in the worst of situations.
What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.
Social anxiety can affect all aspects of your life—but it can be overcome. Many sufferers turn to anxiety medication, although this isn't the only option to consider.
Read about my experience with dissociation, including an explanation of what dissociation is, how I diagnosed myself, and my road to recovery.
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.
For many, changes in the weather affect mood. For some this can lead to serious issues, such as seasonal affective disorder. Learn more about these effects and what you can do to combat them.
I finally did it. I gave up cigarettes after years of smoking, and I feel incredible. In this article I discuss what happens to your body after you quit smoking.
Many twins suffer from separation anxiety. Written by a twin, this article provides tips for how to cope with this anxiety.
Research shows a strong correlation between obesity, hoarding, and obsessive behaviors. The culprit may be an amino acid variant in the brain that is genetic.
Dealing with a narcissist is an irritating and draining experience. Living with one is even worse. In this article, I share what I've learned about how to avoid falling prey to a narcissist.
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.
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.
Learn how to stop drinking alcohol for a month, regain control of your consumption, and improve your well-being.
Do you have a narcissist in your life? Tips on recognizing it, coping, and information about treating narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)
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!
People who are close to someone with anxiety may feel helpless when they watch friends or family members suffer. Learn 5 practical tips for helping someone with anxiety right now.
A night of heavy drinking can often lead to an overwhelming sensation of temporary depression the morning after. Here I explore this phenomenon and offer advice for treatment and prevention thereof.
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.
After 2 years of taking Citalopram for depression, it was time to stop. But the side effects that no doctor talked to me about were serious, including the dreaded brain zaps.
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?
An in-depth insight into anorexia nervosa—a life-threatening eating disorder that attacks the body mentally, physically, and spiritually. Written by someone who struggles with the disease.
How can you control negative thinking, avoid negative thoughts and emotions, and release stress? Here are 30 tricks to help you feel more positively about life.
Learn about the complex post-traumatic stress that is often experienced by children of an alcoholic parent.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.
Have you been fighting your panic disorder for years without success? Learn how I overcame it and you can too.
Highly Sensitive Men are often an "invisible" subset of the HSP spectrum. Learn more about the highly sensitive man and the challenges he faces.
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.
There can be many different causes of social anxiety disorder: biological, environmental, unpleasant life experiences, current life stresses, and difficulties coping with different life stages.
The symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can merge to become a disorder known as schizoaffective. Coping can be very difficult.
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.
Leading mental health educational groups is challenging. These are some ideas to help you lead a successful group and help people understand and acquire skills that you want to teach.
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.
The skewed reality and distorted ideology of malignant narcissism in bloodlines, which leads many narcissistic people into thinking that narcissistic abuse is a normal thing.
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.
Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class medication that is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some eating disorders, and panic attacks.