Many people experience a distressing type of compulsion that involves pulling out their own hair. This disorder, called trichotillomania, can have severe effects on a person’s wellbeing. The effects of compulsive hair pulling may ultimately result in disturbed body image and depression. Trichotillomania Trichotillomania is a disorder characterized by compulsions to pull out body hair. […]

There is much controversy about the prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall that are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When used as directed and when needed, they can create positive life changes and may actually reduce the likelihood of addiction, as Alicia Potter shares that, “adolescents on ADHD medication were less […]

While mental health issues may be hard to identify in your child, symptoms of these issues often manifest in young children. Identifying mental health issues early on leads to more effective treatment and decreased likelihood of additional problems, such as co-occurring substance abuse or additional mental health concerns. In other words, learn the signs of […]

More than a decade of war has significantly impacted the mental health of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. While government agencies are stepping up efforts to help soldiers who struggle with trauma and substance abuse issues, more needs to be done. Trauma Rates among the Military The importance of addressing […]

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is painful for sufferers and their loved ones. PTSD can lead to a significant number of challenges, but when the individual struggling with his or her PTSD starts to lean on prescription drugs as a self-medicating crutch, the situation can turn into one that is volatile and potentially life threatening. Why […]

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that actually refers to the following conditions: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – This disorder is characterized by exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern. People with this condition anticipate […]

Major depressive disorder, also known as unipolar depression, is a serious and devastating condition that can be life threatening. Persons with major depression are at greatly increased risk of suicide and are very likely to be successful in any suicide attempts. Major depression can also cause any number of negative consequences affecting virtually all aspects […]

There is a close connection between depression and pain. Any treatment for depression should consider an individual’s pain tolerance and then treat both conditions. According to a September 2004 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, people with depression are three times more likely to develop chronic pain. Therefore, these patients should get help as […]

Many people think of anxiety as just a mental health issue, producing only psychological symptoms; however, anyone who has ever dealt with anxiety issues knows that the symptoms of anxiety can produce physical effects as well. In fact, anxiety itself is a physical reaction of the nervous system that functions to warn a person of […]

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) develops as stress and other issues keep several processes from integrating, like consciousness, perception, memory and identity. It is characterized by switching to alternate identities during periods of stress. Each identity has a name, personal history and characteristics such as gender, voice, mannerisms and preferences. Other symptoms of DID include the […]