bipolar

Living with Bipolar Hypersexuality

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by episodes of depression and mania. Manic episodes consist of symptoms that include (but are not limited to) increased self-esteem, increase in risky activities, excitability,…

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Loving Your Partner with Anxiety

Dealing with your own anxiety can be difficult, but it can be just as hard to watch anxiety affect someone you love. Anxiety is different for every person and managing it is…

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How to Save a Failing Relationship

If you have had relationships end in your life, you are likely familiar with the feeling you get when you realize things are going south. Maybe you and your partner spent time…

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Does Briffault’s Law Apply to Humans?

Briffault’s Law states: “The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes…

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Being Alone and Autophobia

Most people desire to be around others. Even the shyest and most introverted people have moments where they want and need to be around people. That desire is a normal part of…

Malingering

What Is Malingering?

As a kid, did you ever fake sick to avoid going to school? Maybe you tried to increase the temperature of the thermometer or fake nausea to convince someone you were too…

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What Is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

People work through personal struggles all the time. Some find different types of treatment helpful anywhere from medication, to therapy, to accountability through friendships. At a certain point, the treatment and the…

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What Is Apophenia?

Apophenia is to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. It happens in the way people see images in the clouds in the sky or people see Mother Theresa’s face on a potato…

locus of control

What Is the Locus of Control?

Locus of control is a person’s perceived amount of control they possess in their daily life. There are two types of control people have: internal and external. Internal locus of control focuses…

brain zap

What Are Brain Zaps and What Causes Them?

The term “brain zaps” refers to a withdrawal symptom common for individuals who cease taking certain medication for depression and anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as well as selective serotonin and…

tech addiction

Do You Have a Technology Addiction?

While addiction was a term normally used to describe those with substance abuse, it is now a more inclusive term that focuses on problematic, excessive, and undesirable behaviors. Currently, some people include…

narcisstic mother

Do Narcissistic Mothers Raise Narcissistic Sons?

Narcissism involves having excessive admiration and grandiose opinions of oneself. Clinically speaking, narcissists are selfish, entitled, and obsessed with being well-regarded. They can be extremely difficult to work with or have a…

dbt eating disorder

The Benefits of DBT for Those with Eating Disorders

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is utilized to help individuals identify, understand, and manage difficult emotions. The major areas of focus in DBT include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The…

fake it

Should You Fake It Till You Make It?

The annoying answer to this question would be, “It depends.” In reality, when you think about it, faking it until you make it really depends on the situation. Also, what does faking…

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How to Reduce Worry and Rumination

Worrying is something we all do. Even the most laid-back person worries about something. We worry about our futures, our jobs, and our relationships (just to name a few). It is something…

control freak

Are You Dealing with a Control Freak?

We use the term control freak pretty loosely. Most of us can be “controlling” about certain things, but overall a control freak. Many of us have likely encountered controlling people in our…

ASMR

What is ASMR? Does It Help with Insomnia?

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is unique experience that describes a tingling sensation on the skin. People describe the sensation that begins at the scalp and moves down through the back of…

overthinking

How to Stop Overthinking?

Do you have the tendency to overthink or overanalyze things? Think about a time you gave an important presentation, had a conversation with someone you wanted to impress, or went to a…

toxic friendship

What Is a Toxic Friendship?

Toxic is a word that can be overused when people talk about friendships. When referring to friendships, toxic is a word to describe a relationship that poisons you in some capacity. It…

resentment

Resentment and How to Defeat it.

Bitterness and resentment are not uncommon feelings to experience. We experience those feelings when we feel we have been treated wrongly or unfairly by someone else. It can be a signal that…

repressed memories

Do We Really Repress Painful Memories?

The quick answer is yes, we really do repress painful memories. Not all bad memories are repressed. People still remember things like someone close to them passing away or abuse during childhood.…

narcisstic abuse

What Is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissistic individuals are people who have an overblown sense of self-importance, an overwhelming desire for attention and esteem, issues in relationships, and lack the ability to empathize. However, underneath this façade of…

hugging

The Science behind Hugging

When you see someone you have not been around in a long time, when someone is celebrating exciting news, or when someone is having a hard time, it is normal to give…

echoic memory

What Is Echoic Memory?

We all have memories impacted by our senses. We see a sign and it reminds us of where we are going or we smell warm cookies that remind us of going to…

monday blues

What Are the Monday Blues?

You know that sad feeling as the weekend comes to a close, right? It is the feeling of dread you get on Sunday evenings when you set your alarm to get up…

cognitive dissonance

Why We All Have Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable internal feelings a person experiences when they have two contradicting beliefs. One belief might have been something they have felt for a long time. The contradicting idea…