boy who almost committed suicide being talked to by a friend

Recognizing Suicide Prevention Day in September

September 10th has been recognized annually since 2003 as World Suicide Prevention Day. Founded by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) with endorsement from the World Health Organization (WHO), the main goal of this initiative is to promote worldwide awareness and action to prevent suicide. There is a strong connection between mental health disorders…

Woman in need of Dialectical behavioral therapy

BPD and Relationship Issues

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severe mental health disorder that affects over four million Americans. Individuals with borderline personality disorder have difficulty managing their emotions and behaviors, which leads to significant impairment in their daily functioning. Maintaining healthy relationships is difficult for those with BPD. Luckily, BPD seems to improve with age and is…

man with schizoaffective disorder

Getting a Schizoaffective Disorder Diagnosis

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by a combination of schizophrenia symptoms and mood disorder symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder is divided into two categories based on the type of mood disorder involved: bipolar disorder type and depressive type. There is no cure for schizoaffective disorder, but individuals can learn to manage their symptoms and…

Man with bipolar disorder

What Happens if Bipolar Disorder Goes Untreated?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings between emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). Because of the complexity of the disorder, it is frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed altogether. Even when properly diagnosed, bipolar can be challenging to treat. When individuals are experiencing either hypomania or a lull in…

Military man dealing with ptsd

Physical Effects of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic mental health disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD impacts millions of people every year. We are all different, so not everyone who shares the same trauma will develop PTSD. However, anyone can develop PTSD at any age. For most…

EDMR Therapy

Finding an EMDR Therapist Near Me

Eye movement reprocessing and desensitization (EMDR) is a powerful interactive therapy. It is highly effective in helping people recover from trauma and other distressing experiences that can lead to maladaptive behaviors, including substance abuse and addiction. EMDR was initially developed to treat PTSD but has been proven effective in treating many mental health disorders. At…

a man enters dialectical behavior therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) originally developed in the late 1980s to treat borderline personality disorder better. Since then, it has been adapted to help treat several other mental health disorders and is commonly used to treat substance use disorders. DBT therapy places emphasis on the connection between social…

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What is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree that is native to parts of Southeast Asia, where it has been used in herbal medicines since at least the 19th century. The tree leaves contain compounds that can produce pain-relieving, euphoric, or psychotropic effects, depending upon the dosage. Due to its ability to produce an opioid-like high, kratom has…