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What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Imagine this: one day your kid is slowly growing up and is as sweet as a candied apple. But suddenly they start rejecting your authority in your home and start to do whatever they want, whenever they want. This might be the healthy rebellious stage that every child goes through. However, it can be something far more dangerous and that is Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

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October 25th, 2019

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Bipolar Disorder: A Short Walkthrough

Bipolar Disorder

Have you ever had those days where you’re on cloud nine and suddenly a few weeks later you’re at the pits of hell unable to move thanks to extreme depression? If you or a loved one experience this constantly, then you probably have bipolar disorder. 

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October 14th, 2019

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Anxiety Attacks and It’s Complications

What is an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety is defined as the extreme fear or worry of the future. Every living creature has it and has helped us and every other living stay alert and wary of our surroundings. However, sometimes the parts of the brain responsible for regulating anxiety go haywire and end up flaring up more often than needed. This is called an anxiety attack or panic attack and it affects a large portion of the population. 

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October 4th, 2019

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Understanding Tourette’s Syndrome

What is Tourette’s Syndrome?

Tourette’s Syndrome is a disorder that can affect 1 in 162 people and can easily affect a person’s social life. This disorder is characterized by several “tics” that happen daily. These tics are actions that a patient repeats over and over again over the course of their life. These tics can manifest in either actions or vocalizations. 

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September 20th, 2019

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A Short Guide to ADHD in Children

ADHD is a widespread mental illness that can affect children, teenagers and adults alike. More than 10% of Americans typically suffer from it. As a parent, are you sure that you’re ready to help your child overcome this mental illness? We’re here to help you out with this short guide to ADHD.

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September 13th, 2019

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The Early Signs Of Dementia

Dementia can be a devastating condition that affects many elderly people and in some rare cases, even people as young as thirty years old. This condition slowly progresses throughout a person’s life to the point that they’re going to have difficulty caring for themselves and finding their way around. Many cases have had those affected forget about family members as well. It is important to understand what this condition is and how it works to be able to prepare if someone in your family is showing the early signs of dementia. 

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August 30th, 2019

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Understanding Your Angsty Teenager

Every parent’s concern is their children’s success in life and it can be hard to tell whether your child is succeeding. Especially if he or she is shut in and angry at you for no reason at all. Many parents become frustrated because of their children’s behavior as soon as they hit their teen years. Parents sometimes forget that this is part of a normal teenager’s development and it is important to understand what your teenager is going through. 

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August 21st, 2019

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Causes and Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID is considered to be a mental disorder which is characterized by having two or more personalities in a single person. Each of these personas are unique in their own way and can react in place of a person with this mental disorder. They can have their own unique voice, appearance, preferences and even skills. (more…)

August 15th, 2019

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The Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects how a person perceives the world around them. Their perception of reality is skewed and they have trouble dealing with day to day life. It can affect anyone from children to adults from all walks of life and it can be difficult to diagnose properly. 

 

Schizophrenia has many similarities to other mental illnesses but with the right help, you can find out if you or a loved one is affected by this mental illness.

 

Hallucinations

Schizophrenics tend to hallucinate and see the world in a different way than others. For those looking at someone with schizophrenia it may seem like they are overreacting to nothing at all. To them however, these hallucinations are as real as they can be and these can be debilitating to those experiencing them. These hallucinations can affect each of a person’s senses in different ways.

 

  • Touch: They might feel imaginary objects touching them, like hands and in some severe cases, sharp objects.
  • Smell and Taste: They might smell something that isn’t really there, like sewage or rotting meat. The hallucinated smells and tastes can affect a person’s ability to eat. 
  • Sight: They might see things that aren’t there, like a non-existent person standing just in the corner of their eye. This can cause a schizophrenic to be in constant fear.
  • Hearing: They might hear disembodied voices in an empty room. These hallucinations can vary in severity, from being as mundane as a whisper telling them to look over a bridge, to being as severe as a chorus of voices telling them to leap off a bridge.

 

Delusions

Delusions are thoughts that are not based on reality. A schizophrenic suffering from this can either be in great fear or overconfident depending on their delusion. Some can think that something is out to get them while others think that they’re a politician from another universe. These delusions work hand in hand with their hallucinations to make an experience feel even more real. 

 

The man in their head could just be in the corner of their eye, watching silently as they eat or looking over them as they sleep or the voices in their head could be screaming at him to make his next election speech in the middle of a class. To the schizophrenic, the phantom man and voices are as real as his Physics instructor. 

 

Disorganized Thought and Movements

Schizophrenics have trouble getting the right words out whenever they decide to speak. To a normal person, their statements might seem jumbled and not even related to the question. Having a conversation with a schizophrenic can be a challenge as they tend to veer off  topic very frequently. Most conversations can go from the south pole to cup noodles in an instant without warning.

Schizophrenics can also suffer from irritability and jumpiness stemming from being overly alert because of their hallucinations and delusions. Some might even have mannerisms that may or may not seem odd to a normal person. Foot tapping and repeated cracking of their hands and fingers can be an example of this symptom. Self harm is included in this symptom as well.

 

Negative Symptoms

These symptoms are the normal human habits that a schizophrenic stops showing. Schizophrenics could avoid social interaction over long periods of time and drop their group of friends out of the blue. When talked to, they can sound monotone or show no emotion despite the topic being something they formerly enjoyed. 

 

Negative symptoms can be the most debilitating set of symptoms of schizophrenia as it can force a person to just drop everything that mattered to them before it’s onset. They would quit careers that they excelled at, drop hobbies that they used to enjoy and throw away friendships that they’ve had for a lifetime. Schizophrenics just lose the drive to continue enjoying life.

 

August 1st, 2019

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Helping Someone with PTSD

Going through a life threatening event like illness and accidents can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. You might feel helpless, and unable to do the things you love after the event. Eventually, however, you’ll put the memory behind you. The same can’t be said of someone suffering from PTSD. The dread that they experienced from that traumatic event is nearly impossible for them to get rid of and it can last for months or even years.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD for short, is a mental disorder that can affect anyone at any time. All that has to happen is to experience or witness a terrifying or life changing event. Accidents and unpleasant experiences are the most common reasons for PTSD to manifest in a person. Fear is a normal response to danger and PTSD can be interpreted as an extreme version of fear.

Signs of PTSD

Someone with PTSD is not difficult to identify from another person’s point of view. You’ll see a drastic change in how they handle their day to day life and how they interact with others. They’ll be actively trying to avoid the topic of their trauma whether it be trying to talk it out with another or visiting the location of where the traumatic event happened. They are also harder to catch off guard or startle as they’ll be on edge almost all the time.

People suffering from PTSD also go through the extremes of emotions. One person suffering from PTSD might show signs of depression, another might have anger management issues, while another could show signs of both. Those suffering through PTSD are varied in how they handle this mental illness and it is important for loved ones to understand this.

Sleep is either a blessing or a curse for them as they either avoid it as much as possible or over indulge in it. Those who avoid it see sleep as an opportunity for the traumatic event to haunt them in their dreams. Those who spend too much sleeping on the other hand, use sleep as an escape to get away from the pain that they feel in day to day life remembering the traumatic event.

Seeking Professional Help

It’s rare for those with PTSD to ever seek help on their own and you might have to push them in the right direction to do so. It is best to seek professional help as soon as you notice a loved one suffering from the signs of PTSD as it can heavily affect a person’s personality and outlook on life. Younger victims of PTSD especially need professional help as it can affect them until their adult lives and it will be harder to cure by then.

 

It can be hard to support someone with PTSD but with the right help they can once again live fulfilling lives. All you need is to give them your support and be patient with how their perception of the event has affected them. Soon enough they’ll be back in control of their lives so long as they’re given professional help and the right treatment as soon as possible.

July 19th, 2019

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