Just as physical health changes as we get older and go through certain circumstances, our mental health can change, too. If you have undergone an impactful life event, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, diagnosis of a chronic illness, or the loss of a job, it may be time to seek aRead More
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Substance Abuse Facts
Substance abuse is a chronic mental health condition affecting almost 21 million Americans. The substances people tend to abuse the most include alcohol, prescription opioid medications, or recreational drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Substance use can oftentimes occur together with other mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Let’s talk about some keyRead More
What is Mental Illness, and What Does It Look Like?
Mental illness is characterized by brain-based illnesses affecting a person’s mood, energy level, thoughts, and behavior. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 Americans experiences a mental illness. Although several mental illness-related symptoms have been reported, they vary from person to person. Let’s talk about some common symptoms a person with mental illness can experience, whatRead More
Most Common Mental Health Problems
According to Mental Health America, approximately 21% of adults (52 million people) experienced mental health problems in 2020, representing 1 in 5 adults with this disorder. So, it can be inferred that the prevalence of mental health problems is a bit high in the United States. Many people with mental health problems can work andRead More
What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?
If you’ve been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, you will experience both mood symptoms – such as mania or depression – and schizophrenia symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations. “Schizoaffective” is a combination of the prefix “schizo-” and the adjective “-affective,” referring to the psychotic and mood symptoms, respectively. Approximately three out of every 1,000 peopleRead More
Is a mental health counselor the same as a therapist?
Licensed professional counselors and therapists provide mental health services, but they differ in education and training. A therapist usually holds a master’s degree or higher in counseling, which is not always the case with a mental health counselor. In addition, licensing requirements vary from state to state regarding who can use these titles, what credentialsRead More
What is the Difference Between Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder?
Mental health disorders are highly misunderstood. Most people don’t know the difference between even the most common conditions. Two conditions that are often confused are schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Schizophrenia causes patients to see things that do not exist and hear voices that aren’t real, referred to as hallucinations and delusions. Schizoaffective disorder comes inRead More
Are You Depressed? 5 Early Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore
Depression is a very common condition that causes a person to think, feel, and act differently. Most people don’t notice they have depression until it becomes a serious enough problem to see a doctor or mental health specialist. Diagnosing and treating depression early can save you a lot of time spent feeling miserable – andRead More