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Teen Girls in 2015 Need Good Communication Skills

Teen Girls in 2015 Need Good Commun…

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week: Teen Girls in 2015 Need Good Communication Skills A Teen Girl's Guide To Speaking Up Most...

Domestic Abusers: Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Domestic Abusers: Perpetrators of D…

It's almost impossible to identify domestic abusers, since these individuals come in all shapes and sizes. Perpetrators of domestic violence simply hail from different backgrounds...

Obsessive Thoughts, Intrusive Thoughts: Have I Lost My Mind?

Obsessive Thoughts, Intrusive Thoug…

People with OCD have obsessive thoughts or images that bother them. (What is OCD?) These obsessive, intrusive thoughts, a key characteristic of the OCD diagnosis...

Emotional Abuse: Definitions, Signs, Symptoms, Examples

Emotional Abuse: Definitions, Signs…

Emotional abuse can happen to anyone at any time in their lives. Children, teens and adults all experience emotional abuse. And emotional abuse can have...

Psychological Effects of Alcohol

Psychological Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant, so one of the chief effects of alcohol on the brain is to depress central nervous system functioning which may be...

EMDR Therapy for PTSD and Trauma Victims

EMDR Therapy for PTSD and Trauma Vi…

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a useful trauma therapy and is a psychological treatment designed to alleviate the distress and anxiety that...

How to Offer Mental Health Support to Someone Who Rejects It

How to Offer Mental Health Support …

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week: How to Offer Mental Health Support to Someone Who Rejects It Why Would Someone Reject...

Suicide Hotline Phone Numbers

Suicide Hotline Phone Numbers

If you are not in immediate danger, please refer to one of the suicide hotline numbers below. If you or someone you know is in immediate...

Treatment of Cognitive Deficits (Symptoms) in Depression

Treatment of Cognitive Deficits (Sy…

Effective treatments for cognitive deficits in depression do exist to help the many people with depression suffering from cognitive deficits in areas like memory, concentration...

Do Sociopaths Cry or Even Have Feelings?

Do Sociopaths Cry or Even Have Feel…

The answer to the question, "do sociopaths cry or have feelings?" is perhaps best expressed in song. Lesley Gore's 1963 song It's My Party and...

Child Abuse Information Articles

Articles on Child Abuse, Child Neglect What is Child Abuse? Child Abuse Definition Types of Child Abuse Laws on Child Abuse. What Constitutes Child Abuse? How to Report Child...

Guiding Aspergers’ Teens Within Opp…

We would like some help coaching our older teenage son with Aspergers' Syndrome as he starts to date. Opposite sex relationships among older teens with Aspergers...

Understanding PTSD Nightmares and Flashbacks

Understanding PTSD Nightmares and F…

PTSD nightmares and flashbacks keep people trapped in the trauma they survived (PTSD Causes: Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Giarratano (2004) explains that living with...

Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder

Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar Disord…

Mood stabilizers are a type of medication used in the treatment of bipolar and other disorders. As the name suggests, mood stabilizers work to prevent...

Why Teens Consider Suicide

Why Teens Consider Suicide

What causes some teenagers to consider suicide, taking their own life? Read on to discover the role of depression in teen suicide. Teen suicide is becoming...

How to Deal with the Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

How to Deal with the Stigma of Bipo…

Dealing with stigma of bipolar disorder is a challenge that almost every person with bipolar disorder faces (What Is Stigma?). Whether you’re dealing with bipolar...

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Alcoholic Symptoms: Signs of an Alcoholic

Alcoholic Symptoms: Signs of an Alc…

Unfortunately, many people are unable to see the alcoholic symptoms within themselves and so the people around them must watch for the signs of an...

Coming Out Gay To Your Doctor

Coming Out Gay To Your Doctor

Why You Should Come Out Gay To Your Doctor Regardless of the comfort level one has in coming out to their doctor, there are specific gay...

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Treatment Challenging

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID…

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) treatment can be long-term and difficult but it is possible. DID treatment should, ideally, always be conducted by professionals that specialize...

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Symptoms, Diagnosis

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Di…

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder symptoms usually appear by early adulthood. People with OCPD exhibit a long-standing and consistent pattern of preoccupation with perfectionism, inflexibility, mental and...

How to Support a Rape Victim – For Men and Women

How to Support a Rape Victim – For …

It's incredibly painful to watch a person you love go through a trauma like rape and you might not know how to support a rape...

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)?

What is Reactive Attachment Disorde…

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a trauma disorder of infancy and childhood involving severe disruption of attachment (See also What is Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder?). Attachment...

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

What is Narcissistic Personality Di…

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Definition People with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) exhibit a pervasive and long-term pattern of an excessive sense of self-importance, extreme preoccupation with themselves...

Hoarding Causes: Psychology of Hoarding

Hoarding Causes: Psychology of Hoar…

Behind the Causes of Hoarding Hoarding causes people to form extreme emotional attachments to inanimate objects and, sometimes, animals. People who suffer from hoarding disorder tend...

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