Schizophrenia Explained

Schizophrenia is a severe and chronic neurological disorder estimated to affect at least 1.1 percent of the adult population in the United States. That’s roughly 2.8 million people over the age of 18. There’s also an estimated 40 percent of individuals that have Schizophrenia but are either undiagnosed or aren’t receiving treatment.

What’s more, Schizophrenia is an even less talked about mental health condition than Major Depressive Disorder and all of its forms. This is because Schizophrenia is highly stigmatized, as it’s characterized by the interference of an individual’s ability to think clearly, manage their emotions, make decisions and relate to others – making it one of the more disabling conditions affecting part of the population.

In this article, we’re going to dive into the basics of Schizophrenia so we can start breaking down the stigma attached to it. Keep reading to learn more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Explained

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

It should be noted that having the need to be organized and tidy most of the time is not the same as having OCD. This is because the obsessions and compulsions of an individual who has OCD actually interferes with their daily activities and causes a significant amount of distress.

When people with OCD try to ignore their obsessions or stop their repetitive behavior, it only increases their distress and anxiety. Ultimately, someone with OCD will feel driven to carry out these compulsive acts to try and ease their stress and fears, regardless of their effort to rid themself of troubling thoughts or urges. This is what leads to the ritualistic behavior of feeding into these obsessions and compulsions, otherwise known as the OCD cycle.

Additionally, OCD tends to relate to certain themes. For example, the excessive fear of germ contamination, which could cause a struggling individual to compulsively wash their hands until they’re dry, sore, and chapped.

Read on to learn more.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Explained

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, especially during the more stressful events that occur in life. However, if you’re experiencing consistent and excessive anxiety day in and day out, you may have a mental health disorder known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

GAD is characterized by ongoing anxiety and worry that’s difficult to control and interferes with an individual’s everyday activities. It’s possible to develop this mood disorder as a child or gradually as an adult, and its symptoms are very similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder (PD), and other types of anxiety – although each is its own distinct mental health condition.

Living with GAD can pose many long-term challenges in life. More often than not, GAD occurs with other mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), as well as the conditions mentioned above. Mental health professionals typically diagnose GAD in individuals when the worrying and feelings of anxiousness persist on almost a daily basis for a period of six months. This is considered to be to the point of prohibiting a person from living a normal life.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Explained

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or clinical depression, is a mood disorder characterized by the persistent feeling of sadness and loss of general interest. This mood disorder affects how an individual thinks, feels, and behaves, potentially leading to other emotional and physical problems.

Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder may have trouble carrying out normal, everyday activities. They may sometimes, or often, feel that life isn’t worth living.

One of the most important things to understand about depression is that it’s not something that a person can simply just snap out of. It’s not a weakness, and it’s not something that will go away on its own. It requires the help of a mental health professional as well as treatment, which often involves psychotherapy and medication.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Explained

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and adults. ADHD is characterized by a combination of persistent problems, which include difficulty maintaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviors. This mental health disorder often shows in children as young as seven years of age and continues into adulthood, although symptoms can also first appear in young adults.

TMS Off-Label Treatments

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) currently has FDA-approval for treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and nicotine dependence (for smoking cessation). In Europe and other countries, the treatment has been formally approved to treat other conditions aside from MDD and OCD.

However, many mental health professionals in the United States are using TMS as an off-label treatment for other mental health conditions and even some physical conditions. Researchers are also continuing to conduct studies on the treatment’s efficacy for several conditions, which could lead to total FDA approval.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about these off-label TMS treatments.

Read on to learn more.

Personality Disorders

Our personalities are characterized by our way of thinking, feeling, and behaving in a way that makes us unique from others. We’re influenced by our environment and experiences, as well as the other people we surround ourselves with and any inherited traits that become shaped over time.

Our personalities typically remain the same over time, although our views may change or we may grow more mature. Someone with a personality disorder, however, is a different story.

Keep reading to learn more.

Different Types of Therapy

When you want help managing your mental health, whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, or other issues, figuring out where to begin can become overwhelming. The world of psychotherapy is pretty big and often confusing as all different types of therapies and treatments are available.

Of course, no single treatment method is right for everyone, which is why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most widely-practiced forms of therapy.

Consider this your quick guide to the different types of therapies.

Herbal Supplements for Mental Health

The use of herbal supplements for mental health has been trending for some time now – especially among those suffering from milder forms of depression and anxiety. While there is no all-encompassing herbal remedy to fix all of your mental health woes, the best supplements out there have been proven either scientifically or anecdotally to promote calmness and overall feelings of happiness and wellness.

So, which health supplements are the best for your mental health? Keep reading to learn more.

Gun Ownership and Mental Health

Roughly 44% of Americans own guns or live in a gun-owning household. It’s also estimated that 26% of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.

Interestingly enough, the US has a strong gun culture where most people believe in the constitutional right to bear arms. However, there’s still quite a stigma surrounding mental illness and getting professional treatment. But what about the current state of Americans who own a firearm and have a mental illness? Are they more likely to self harm compared to people with mental illnesses who don’t own a firearm?

Let’s discuss.