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 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 is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Share List Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that can occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as combat, assault, physical or sexual abuse, a natural disaster or some other form of trauma. PTSD has nothing to do with weakness or character flaws, and, whether the event is an […]

What is Postpartum Depression?

Share List How is postpartum depression different from baby blues? Pregnancy can certainly be more difficult for some than others, but nearly all share the same light at the end of the tunnel; the anticipated joy of bringing their new baby home. Unfortunately, reality immediately steps in, and, even for those with a strong support […]

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Share List Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a chronic mental health condition for people who have an inordinate fear of being scrutinized or judged by others. It is not unusual to feel nervous in some social situations, like going on a date or to a party. Nor is it uncommon to have […]