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What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder? Television shows and movies often refer to characters with antisocial personality disorder as “psychopaths” or “sociopaths.” Such characters are almost always serial killers or other violent criminals. While some people with this condition are violent criminals, not all are. In fact, about three percent of men and one percent of women live with this disorder. However, there are only…

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Understanding the Three Clusters of Personality Disorders

Understanding the Three Clusters of Personality Disorders The concept of personality disorders dates back to 1801, when psychiatrist Philippe Pinel described a condition in which patients had outbursts of rage without psychosis. By the end of the 1800s, mental health professionals pinpointed seven antisocial personality traits and described what was then known as “psychopathic personality.” In the years since, the understanding of personality disorders…

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Loving Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder

Loving Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder If someone you love has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), you know that this disorder affects everyone around the patient as well. The relationship with your loved one may feel plagued by conflict and unstable at times. You may feel like you need to walk on eggshells to avoid a major outburst. It can feel like…

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Busting Myths About Agoraphobia

Busting Myths About Agoraphobia According to the American Psychiatric Association, about two percent of American adults live with agoraphobia. While this may seem like a small number, it means that if you know 100 adults, you likely know two people with this disorder. Despite this, several myths persist about agoraphobia. Spreading awareness about this disorder can help people recognize the symptoms of agoraphobia and…

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How to Prepare for TMS

How to Prepare for TMS While medication and therapy work for many patients with depression, these treatments are not 100 percent effective. For example, someone may not react well to medication and need treatment in addition to therapy. As such, some people with depression must turn to alternative treatment methods. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a clinically-proven way to treat depression in these cases.…

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5 Strategies for Reducing Stress at Work

5 Strategies for Reducing Stress at Work Even if you love your job, work can be a significant source of stress in your life. This stress can cause symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, trouble focusing, fatigue, and sleep problems. In some cases, this stress leads to changes in behavior, such as starting to use tobacco, withdrawing from social activities, and changes in eating. While…

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How to Manage Family Stress

How to Manage Family Stress It doesn’t take an expert to know that managing family life can prove incredibly stressful. Between shuttling kids off to several activities, keeping a clean home, managing finances, and getting food on the table, family stress can add up quickly. It’s no wonder that 79 percent of American adults report feeling stressed sometimes or frequently throughout the day. If…

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Can a Therapist Help Me with Stress?

Can a Therapist Help Me with Stress? Even the most experienced professionals have difficulty defining stress. In some ways, stress is the way that the body responds to certain triggers, particularly those that require an immediate reaction. However, if you have a mentally or emotionally taxing life, you know that stress can take place in the mind as well. Although most people use the…

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panic attack symptoms in kids

How to Tell if Your Child is Having a Panic Attack

How to Tell if Your Child is Having a Panic Attack As a parent, few things are scarier or more stressful than seeing your child sick. When that illness is mental, parents can feel completely helpless. To make matters worse, mental illness sometimes looks different in children and adolescents than in adults. So, it can be hard for parents to recognize what’s happening with their…

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panic attack myths

5 Myths About Panic Attacks

5 Myths About Panic Attacks Only 36.9 percent of the 40 million American adults with anxiety disorders seek treatment for their conditions. A lack of treatment can cause emotional symptoms to worsen and even hurt their physical health. Several factors may keep people with panic attacks from seeking treatment. For example, lack of access to affordable treatment can be a problem. Another issue is the…

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