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How to Find a Psychiatrist

When you’re struggling with your mood, relationships or motivation, having a neutral third party to talk to can be helpful. However, it might be tricky to find a mental health provider if you aren’t sure what to look for. While many types of therapists – including social workers, licensed...


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How Common Is Suicide?

Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., which has led some mental health professionals to classify it as a severe epidemic. Every year, mental health organizations, suicide survivors and those whose lives have been touched by suicide observe National Suicide Awareness Month in September. The...


Dissociative Identity Disorder Statistics

Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Primer

Pretending to have a mental illness has become popular among young people on social media, especially on TikTok. Claims of dissociative identity disorder (DID) on forums, video platforms, and chat threads have led to misinformation about this condition, including how rare it is.  What is Dissociative Identity Disorder? Dissociative identity disorder...


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Symptoms of Social Anxiety

Do Social Situations Scare You? Almost everyone feels nervous when giving a presentation or going on a first date. But for those with social anxiety disorder, day-to-day interactions can cause severe distress. If you struggle with talking to others, you’re not alone. Today, we’ll discuss the symptoms of social anxiety,...


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Personality Disorder Symptoms

Personality disorders are often more challenging to recognize than other diagnoses. This is because symptoms tend to be more subtle and only become evident after a period of time. Because of this, clinicians look at patterns and rely on the observations of loved ones or self-reported indicators of these...


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988 Is the New 911 for Mental Health Emergencies

For the last 17 years, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been a vital resource for people experiencing mental health crises. The 1-800 number connects those struggling with suicidal thoughts to a person who can connect them with resources and deescalate the situation. However, remembering this ten-digit number has...


Untreated ADHD

Untreated ADHD in Adults

Though it affects a smaller portion of the adult population than children, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can impact functioning at any age. As an adult, it’s more difficult to receive a diagnosis of ADHD. This is partially due to the widespread abuse of medication used to treat this disorder. However,...


Differential Diagnosis

What Is a Differential Diagnosis?

If you’ve ever been through the process of trying to determine the source of your symptoms, you know that part of this is narrowing down the potential diagnoses. Because multiple disorders can present similarly, this is common practice in diagnosing mental or physical conditions. As medical and mental health...


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Causes of Mental Illness

If you or someone you know was recently diagnosed with a mental illness, you may have questions about the diagnosis. You may wonder what treatment will look like or how to cope with your symptoms. What will the future look like as you manage this disorder? One of the...


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Manic Episode Symptoms

Mania is a condition that causes people to exhibit abnormally elevated activity and energy levels, irritability, racing thoughts and noticeably extreme behaviors. A manic episode can also include symptoms of psychosis like delusions and hallucinations, which represent a break from reality. While mania interspersed with depression is typical in people...