social anxiety

Living (And Thriving) With Social Anxiety Disorder

Understanding the difference between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and general anxiety is key in getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. Anxiety (defined as feelings of tension, fear and stress that can cause physical changes such as an increased heart rate) is a normal response to stress, perceived stress, or future stressful events. If you ever played sports, you probably felt …

borderline personality disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Explained

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental health conditions… in part because the symptoms usually only appear in response to dealing with anger in a personal relationship. This makes many people feel like they should not say anything (for fear of upsetting a loved one or a friend, or out of shame and embarrassment …

test anxiety

Managing Test Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many different forms—and results from different external and internal stimuli and perceptions. A person’s response to stressful situations can manifest itself as differing behaviors. However, those situations which render people unable to reasonably perform or react to a situation can be a direct result of anxiety. Performance anxiety, visiting medical offices, social anxiety and test anxiety are …

evaluating ptsd

Evaluating PTSD

The American Psychiatric Association defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”   Historically, many people have thought of PTSD as being limited to combat veterans (See “Busting …

PTSD

PTSD Examined: The Five Types of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Originally, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was thought to be something only military service members and veterans faced. Now, we understand that this stress disorder can happen to anyone, especially those who experience an intense, often life-threatening, event. PTSD differs from acute stress disorder in that the experiences are more long-term and will usually disturb daily life. An estimated 7.7 …

understanding emotional and physical triggers

Triggers and the Psychology Behind Them

We all have emotional triggers. For some, an errant comment can bring up momentary feelings of sadness or stress. For others, ideas, images, scenes and more can cause debilitating anxiety or emotional distress that destabilizes them for the rest of the day. It can be challenging to identify what exactly our emotional triggers are. But we need to get to …

Busting Common Myths Surrounding PTSD

5 Common Myths that Surround PTSD It’s been called shell shock, battle fatigue, war strain, soldier’s heart and, now, post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD has been called different things over the years, mostly centered around soldiers and their experiences. Although PTSD treatment has been a reality since the 1980s, there’s quite a bit of public misunderstanding. PTSD is a mental health …