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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...


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Losing Friends to Mental Illness

When we think about deadly diseases, the first things that likely come to mind are cancers, autoimmune diseases, or heart disease. While these are all devastating health conditions, one of the most often overlooked types of deadly disease is mental illness. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry¹,...


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How to Change Your Life in 30 Days

Recently, the 30-day challenge trend has been making waves on social media, inspiring people to learn new things, take up hobbies they’ve always wanted to try or establish healthy habits that change their lives for the better. Maybe you’ve seen these success stories and felt inspired, or perhaps you’re...


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What Depression Looks Like

Depression does not discriminate. As the world’s leading cause of disability, this condition can affect people from all backgrounds and belief systems. Despite depression’s prevalence, the struggles it creates can manifest differently for various people. That’s one reason for the many misconceptions surrounding this mental health issue, which may...


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How Common Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health issue that causes relationship instability, erratic behavior and fears of abandonment. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1.4% of U.S. adults experience BPD, and 75% of people diagnosed with this disorder are women.  The first mental health professionals to identify this...


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PNES: What Is a Pseudoseizure?

When someone stiffens up and collapses, begins shaking without visible provocation or stares into space without reacting to outside stimuli, onlookers are likely to assume the person is having an epileptic seizure. And that’s often the case—but not always. Sometimes, a person may be suffering from PNES. Many seizures are...


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OCD Physical Symptoms

OCD, also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, causes severe anxiety in people who have it. When someone has this condition, they experience the same thought repeatedly. This "obsession" can lead to compulsive behaviors ("compulsions"), such as cleaning, doing the same task a specific number of times, and other activities, in...


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When Your Mood Disorder is Caused by Substance Use

In medical terms, a mood disorder is any mental illness that disrupts the natural emotional state. Clinical depression affects nearly 24 million adults and adolescents in the United States. Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder affects more than 1 in 25 people. They can be catalyzed by many factors ranging from genetics...


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The Benefits of Mental Health Support Groups

The emotional effects of mental illness are bad enough, but there are also social effects—including, all too frequently, exposure to insensitive or biased attitudes. Even loved ones who desire to help are often bewildered by, and at a loss for how to respond to, the symptoms of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive...


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Feeling Lonely During the Holidays

The holidays commemorate togetherness and love, but they can also be a bit isolating. If you are new to town, have anxiety in social situations, or feel worn out from everything going on, it is easy to disconnect from others. Are you feeling lonely this holiday season? Here are some...