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Quiet. Shy. Introverted. These are words we often use to describe those who prefer to take a backseat when it comes to social situations. But these words can also be a mask to hide an underlying psychological issue — social anxiety disorder (SAD). Social anxiety disorder is more than just being nervous or uncomfortable in unfamiliar environments or when meeting new people. After all, everyone experiences this at one time or another. For those with this common mental disorder, it goes a step further. How Social Anxiety Can Impact Romantic…

Depression and Relationships

Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:53  by Amanda L.
In the United States, the leading cause of disability among individuals aged 15 to 44 is major depressive disorder or MDD. Though this disorder affects both genders, it is more prevalent in women than in men. Studies show that an estimated one in every 10 women experiences depression symptoms, with between one in nine and one in five women experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Because various types of depression can cause different symptoms, some women may not be aware that this disorder is impacting their lives. Depression is more than…
In most cases, you are your own worst critic. That critical inner voice points out your flaws, your failings and everything you don't like about yourself. However, the way you view and speak to yourself plays a huge role in your overall well-being. One way to be kinder to yourself is to practice the art of self-compassion. Here are some ways that you can develop self-compassion to live a fuller and happier life. What Is Self-Compassion? Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has shortcomings. When we show compassion to others, we…

Tips for Overcoming Self-Doubt

Thursday, 06 September 2018 15:17  by Taylor B.
Have you ever felt the nagging sensation that you are not good enough or that you cannot pursue a dream or goal? These thoughts and feelings can weigh you down and make day to day activities seem daunting. However, there is hope. By taking the right steps, you can change your outlook on life and pursue your goals and dreams with new fervor, while conquering those feelings of self-doubt. What Is Self-Doubt? Self-doubt refers to a lack of self-assuredness or belief in yourself and your abilities. It is a feeling…

Nutrition and Your Mental Health

Monday, 27 August 2018 19:17  by Alaina M.
If you're like most people, you can identify certain "healthy" foods, but you are not sure why you should choose some foods over others. Regardless of your health history, it's important to eat a healthy diet of whole foods — primarily fruits, vegetables and lean meats. But understanding the impact certain foods have on your body is critical to managing mental health issues, particularly depression and anxiety. Recently an area of study has emerged globally, called "nutritional psychiatry." It's a fancy term for the field of study aimed at the…
Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that can take a toll on personal relationships. If you have BPD, then you know how the instability caused by the disorder can impact your life. Constantly shifting moods, dramatic changes in how you perceive yourself and erratic behavior make it difficult for those with BPD to form healthy bonds with others. This is especially true when it comes to building romantic attachments. BPD distorts the line between reality and psychosis, making the world a perilous place. Relationships that build quickly and intensely…

Psychological Effects of Divorce on Women

Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:51  by Taylor B.
A divorce is an event that leaves a couple's lives permanently altered. Some of the changes are positive, bringing a deep sense of relief. However, women, especially, often experience a severe psychological and emotional toll. Whether their lives change for better or for worse, it's extremely common for women to struggle with emotional trauma after divorce. This could include feelings of failure, sadness and loneliness, and oftentimes, women even struggle with depression or anxiety. If these feelings seem to overwhelm you, remember, you are not alone. We will discuss some…

How to Break a Bad Habit

Monday, 06 August 2018 11:38  by Adriana L.
Everyone at one point or another will deal with bad habits. For example, not making your bed in the morning when you rush to work or nail-biting. However, bad habits do not define you as a person. You can change bad habits and become the person you desire to be with a little extra effort and awareness. How Do Bad Habits Form? Bad habits form from patterns we make when we are on autopilot. They become routines encouraged by the reward of feeling good, like the feeling of eating ice…

What Is Behavioral Addiction?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 14:29  by Taylor S.
When you hear the word "addiction," your mind probably jumps to thoughts of drug or alcohol abuse. However, there are other types of addiction. A behavioral addiction, also known as a "process addiction," is the increasing reliance on a certain behavior or action to feel good. When the idea first began to surface, many people thought it was a hoax. After all, how could someone be psychologically and physically dependent on something they don't put inside of their bodies like drugs or alcohol? In spite of the skepticism, it was…
Each year, millions of Americans struggle with mental health issues. Among the vast spectrum of challenging health conditions, depression and anxiety are two common struggles that impact the day-to-day quality of life for young adults. Anxiety affects over 40 million people over the age of 18. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for someone who has an anxiety disorder to also face depression and vice versa. These commonly co-occurring disorders often influence one another and create more hurdles for those afflicted to overcome. Adolescents are especially at risk for developing these…

Smoothies With Brain-Boosting Ingredients

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:14  by Anna S.
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you are constantly on the go, breakfast tends to get put on the back burner. However, the importance of breakfast can not be understated. Not only does it nourish your body, allowing you to establish a healthy lifestyle, but it can also boost your mood and let you start your day off right. You may not have time to make a healthy meal for yourself every morning, but most people can take the time to…
Stress is a common occurrence. Most people experience mild levels of stress every day, which is completely normal. You're running late, traffic is horrible, the kids are fighting — a million and one different things can cause stress levels to rise. However, some people experience more than these normal levels of stress. Although stress and anxiety overlap in many respects, anxiety is a chronic and recurrent condition. There are a number of common signs that most recognize as side effects of anxiety, a few symptoms are less well know and…

How Does Depression Affect the Brain

Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:50  by Tammy R.
Many people associate depression with feelings of sadness, tiredness and lack of motivation or energy. What many don't understand is that depression isn't just a feeling. It's a psychological condition that affects the way you think, feel and even behave. Although it's categorized as a mood disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD) could be rooted in chemical changes occurring in the brain. What Is Depression? Depression is a condition that causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Although some people have mild cases that occur only occasionally throughout their life, others struggle…

The Science of "Hanger"

Friday, 29 June 2018 08:16  by Allie R.
“Hangry” sounds like a silly made-up word — because it is — you hear in candy bar commercials to try to entice you to buy more. While it makes for a fun commercial, there is some real science behind it. Hanger, or a combination of hungry and angry, is a real problem. Let's take a closer look at the science of hanger and what's going on inside your body when it kicks in. How Hanger Happens Ever heard your stomach growling when you're hungry? Hanger is the same reaction, just…

The Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:20  by Andrea C.
Many Americans see their work ethic as a point of pride. However, an overzealous work ethic can be detrimental to our physical and mental health. For many, vacations are seen as a luxury. And in fact, for many workers, vacation time is something they can't afford. The U.S. is one of the few developed nations in the world that does not mandate a set number of days off for employees. In fact, one-fourth of all American workers receive no paid time off. Some countries, like France and the United Kingdom,…
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