Archives for Mental Health

Teenagers and Depression

by Jessica B. June 14th, 2012 | Mental Health
Teens these days are under endless pressure, academically and socially. The biggest difference from when I was young is the Internet. With 24 hour access to friends, a social network, and the ability for things to spiral out of control on a global level, teenagers can have a difficult time figuring out their own identity.

Teenage suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teens, often ranking third or fourth depending on age. This is a sign that teen depression needs to be taken seriously and not just dismissed as drama, an attitude, or even a bout of
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Dealing with Grief

by Jessica B. May 17th, 2012 | Mental Health
We live in a society that constantly pushes us to be positive, but part of the human experience is also the grieving process, the way we as individuals handle overwhelmingly sad and tragic situations. For some it could be a break-up, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a missed opportunity, or a tough diagnosis. These situations can bring about different emotions which take on both physical and mental symptoms.

Everyone deals with grief differently, and while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way of handling grief that will carry you through, there are some things you should
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Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

by Mackenzie M. March 22nd, 2012 | Mental Health
While having a conversation about psychology with an older friend, a new disorder was mentioned that most people have never heard of, but are extraordinarily familiar with. Everyone knows those people who are aggressive about making sure that their lives are perfect in every way. Well, to the surprise of many, that is actually a defined psychological disorder known as Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Not to be confused with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder can be just as devastating, but is also just as treatable.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is characterized as a person believing that the way that they do things
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How to Deal with a Big Move

by Mackenzie M. February 21st, 2012 | Mental Health
I have moved several times in my young life - first between neighboring cities in the Midwest, and then I made the big move to New Orleans, Louisiana. I recently moved back to the Midwest, and will soon be relocating to central Japan. Needless to say, every move is no less stressful than the last, especially when it is across the country, or even across the world.

According to several psychologists and medical studies, moving is cited as one of the most stressful life events, next to divorce or a serious illness. Everyone has different reasons for moving, but it
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

by Mackenzie M. January 26th, 2012 | Mental Health
Do you ever find yourself worrying about a big test, a job interview, personal finances and health, or even family members? These worries are completely normal; however, if your worries become excessive, uncontrollable, or even irrational about these normal stressors, or even every day problems, that may be a sign of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Imagine going to the doctor for a little bump you feel on your body. For someone suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, they assume automatically that the bump must be cancer, and continue to obsess and worry over the bump even after the doctor has said it
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