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 …

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 …

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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 …

Don’t Quit SSRIs Cold Turkey

At some point, almost everyone who takes SSRIs, or other similar medications, starts to feel better and wonders “I’m feeling better; do I really need to continue taking my medication?”. The answer is yes. Antidepressants help balance chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters”. These brain chemicals affect our moods, emotions and perceptions of the world. When we have an imbalance …