The Nocebo Effect: What Is It? Why Does It Happen?
During a clinical trial, there are controls and an experimental group. The control group receives an inert drug, or placebo, that has no chemical effect. Some people exposed to an inactive drug experience beneficial outcomes; others will endure adverse symptoms.
The Most Common Types of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
Body-focused repetitive behaviors, or BFRBs for short, are repeated behaviors that often are associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. This article outlines some types of body-focused repetitive behaviors, and why these can be so problematic for the person with these behavior patterns.
How Can We Deal With the Feelings and Events That Occur During the Grieving Process?
In this article, we'll discuss things that are normal to feel during the grieving process, even if we don't always understand them. Some things may initially surprise or shock us, but they are normal and thus deserve to be accepted and acknowledged.
You've Just Been Diagnosed With Adult ADHD (Now What?)
If you received a diagnosis of adult ADHD, you may go through a range of emotions. It can be both a relief and a scary time. Keep reading for some tips for dealing with your ADHD diagnosis.
Decoding Burn-Out Syndrome: An Adrenal Fatigue Her-Story
This article provides a first-person account of aspects of the nervous system imbalance behind adrenal fatigue and energetic ways to promote healing.
How I Recovered From Body Dysmorphic Disorder (What I Learnt About Happiness)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an undeniably cruel illness that preys upon insecurity and self-doubt. With the right support, there is a way out of the suffering. This is how I recovered from BDD, and what I learnt about myself in the process.
What Does a Mental Breakdown Look Like?
In this article, I will attempt to spread some awareness on the topic of what it looks like when someone suffers a mental breakdown. From how others treat someone suffering a breakdown to how the breakdown feels, I hope to enlighten the community at large.
Crisis Recovery Program at Coastal Star in Orange County, CA
This article sets out to tell you everything you need to know about Coastal Star, a crisis recovery program in Southern California. From core principles and values to what it's like to live in the program, you'll find everything you need to know here.
I Can't Get Sober, It's Too Boring! (The Truth About Sobriety)
Does being sober have to be boring? Here's my experience going sober.
Sociocultural Issues and Eating Disorders: A Media Analysis
Eating disorders are becoming more and more prevalent around the world. They are a heavily multidetermined condition, so how do sociocultural aspects tie in?
4 Science-Backed Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety
Having struggled with anxiety since my late teens, I'm familiar with the challenges and frustration it can bring into your life. This article breaks down four science-backed ways that can help people struggling with anxiety ease their symptoms.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Overview
This article contains a general overview of borderline personality disorder (BPD), including its history, progression, subtypes, symptoms, developmental factors, diagnosis, treatments, and myths. Resources and references are also provided.
7 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Psychologist
It's not easy to find a good psychologist. What's the best way to deal with this? 7 things you need to keep in mind while choosing a psychologist to get the best and most appropriate results.
Dealing With Insensitive Comments About Mental Illness
Tips to help us understand why people make insensitive comments about mental illness and how to respond to them.
ASD: What Is Autism?
We have all heard of it, know some of the traits, and most of us have probably met an autistic child at some point. But what exactly does it mean to be autistic? What are some common misconceptions? What are some ways we can honor and respect autistic people? Find out here.
5 Toxicology Screening Methods and How They Can Help Save Lives
Many people think of toxicology screenings as enforcement tools when they should think of them as life-saving tools. Here is the five different ways that toxicology screenings can be performed and how they can help save lives.
What Are Nootropics? What’s Behind Their Sudden Rise
Nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that aim to improve mental performance in healthy people. In today’s highly competitive society, nootropics are an alternative to boost memory, focus, creativity, and motivation. But, at what cost?
Facts About Binge Eating
Binge eating is a very serious disorder, and there are some ways to cope with this disorder. The signs and symptoms, the diagnosis, and possible treatments are all discussed in this article. There are also emotional components that impact this disorder, and they are discussed as well.
6 Unexpected Things You Might Not Know About Grief
Grief is full of surprises. Here are six unexpected facts about grief.
Exploring Your Vulnerabilities to Narcissistic Relationships & How to Address Them
When people find themselves entangled in a relationship they are finding it very hard to get out of, understanding how they were vulnerable in the first place is a big step toward doing so.
Depersonalization vs. Derealization: Examples, Treatments and More
Derealization and depersonalization (DPDR) are terrifying, overwhelming anxiety symptoms that involve rumination, panic attacks and intrusive thoughts. Read on to learn more about specifics, treatments and my own personal response to this disorder.
The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Illness
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the whole world. It has never been more important to look after your health. Mental illness is on the rise. I spoke with Gary Trosclair, DMA, LCSW to gain insight about the effect of the pandemic on mental health.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Commonsense Approach to Cosmetic Surgery
While standards of beauty have changed throughout millennia, the quest for perfection has been ongoing. In an era when even vocal cord surgery is available, the future of cosmetic surgery seems infinite.
Future Coronavirus Lifestyle Changes
This article discusses possible changes someone might make in their lifestyle following the experiences of a pandemic. During the pandemic we have been taught some new lifestyle behaviors and they may continue after the pandemic has ended. Social distance is one of the most
5 Tricks to Survive the Coronavirus Quarantine as an ENFP or ENTP
With thousands of patients critically ill, COVID-19 is certainly nothing to trivialize. We are currently in the middle of an enforced quarantine state, which can be infuriating and claustrophobic for an ENFP or ENTP who thrives off social stimulation and adventures. Here are five ways to cope.
10 Things to Do While You Are Quarantined or Sequestered
Has a pandemic or long illness got you stuck in your home for an extended period? Keep sane by keeping busy. Here are 10 suggestions to pass the time constructively while healing or waiting out a viral threat.
Positive Effects of Covid-19
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as pandemic. One of the underlying cause of the infection is weak immune system. Stress greatly affects the immune system of an individual. Looking at the positive things in the midst of this outbreak will lessen anxiety.