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Warning Signs of a Bad Therapist

Share List Whether most people would admit it or not, it is the rare person that could not benefit with psychological counseling or therapy. The basic therapeutic process enables the individual to not only explore troubling issues but also to interact on a deeper level, learn to actually listen and develop the ability to empathize […]

History of Electroshock Therapy: Does It Even Work?

Share List Electroshock therapy, now known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of a finely controlled electric current being transmitted through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and a muscle relaxer to minimize effects of the seizure. ECT is believed to cause changes in brain chemistry and is, […]

Common Types of Antidepressants

Share List Antidepressants are drugs used for the treatment of depression, as well as other conditions. Because each type of antidepressant works a little differently and has its own list of potential side effects, finding the right fit for each individual can be complicated. Types of Antidepressants Depression is associated with certain brain chemicals called […]

Is Substance Abuse a Type of Mental Disorder?

Share List The simple answer to “Is substance abuse a type of mental disorder?” is “yes”. However, the way in which substance abuse fits into mental health classifications is complex and has been the subject of decades of research and discussion. The most current version of the American Psychiatric Association’s “bible” on the names, symptoms […]

What is Panic Disorder?

Share List Panic disorder is characterized by sudden, uncontrollable and repeated attacks of panic and fear that normally last for several minutes or longer. These episodes are called panic attacks, during which the individual experiences a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. Panic attacks often include intense […]

What is Schizophrenia?

Share List Schizophrenia is a very complex condition, which may help explain why there are so many misconceptions. The word, itself, comes from the Greek “schizo”, meaning split and “phren”, meaning mind, but schizophrenia is not the same as split personality or multiple-personality. Contrary to popular perception, most people with schizophrenia are not violent, do […]

What Does It Mean to be Bipolar?

Share List Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels and ability to think clearly. Moods are experienced as highs, known as mania, and lows, which manifest as some level of depression. These differ in intensity from what most people experience. The average age-of-onset is around […]