Archive for the ‘Mental Disorders’ Category

Elliot Rodger’s Narcissism

Tweet Last Saturday morning, the U. S. found out that Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old, went on a murderous rampage Friday night in Isla Vista, CA. Isla Vista is a pretty, beach town, filled with seemingly immortal, young students with lives of sunshine and partying. My brother lives there, two blocks from where the chaos ensued. I became interested in the story as […]

What is a ‘psychological disorder’?

Tweet When it comes to navigating personal relationships, it’s to our advantage to be sensitive to mental health issues. Our mental health as well as the mental health of those we love is crucial to successful interaction. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around one in four adults in the United States is diagnosable for one […]

Self-blindness Harms Relationships

Tweet By Amy Broadway You’re lunching in the office lounge, and your coworker Daphne is bogarting the conversation. Whenever someone introduces a topic, she interjects a long anecdote about herself. Phil brings up a movie. Daphne cuts in, talking about a time she saw someone who looks like Tom Hanks at IHOP. Molly mentions her […]

10 quick tips to improve your mood

Tweet 1. Smile and laugh. You might have to force yourself to smile. But practice smiling while talking to people. It will make you seem more approachable and help improve your mood. Laughter is even better for improving mood. Search YouTube for short videos with bound-to-make-you-laugh stand-up comedians, such as Ellen DeGeneres. 2. Plan a […]

Mucuna Pruriens for post-breakup depression

Tweet The time immediately following a difficult breakup often is accompanied by both sadness and a manic state of mind. Your temporary insanity may lead you to beg, bribe or threaten your ex to come back. Though this time is extremely unpleasant, your energy levels are far from low. But once you have recovered from […]

Q&A: I do not take men seriously. They take up too much time and energy

Tweet I am a 29 year old woman and I just realized I am a love avoidant.  I have a very dysfunctional family, to say the very least.  My brother closest to my age is a drug addict and it affected me greatly during my childhood.  We were best friends and he devastated me. My oldest […]

Too ugly for love: body dysmorphic disorder

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Breakups and Complicated Grief

Tweet The emotional responses to a severe breakup can resemble the responses to death. This is no coincidence. When a loved one dies, you grieve. But death is not the only trigger of grief. Grief can occur after any kind of loss: The loss of a job, the loss of a limb, the loss of […]

Q&A: How do I recover from verbal abuse and sexual assault?

Tweet I come from a lot of bad things in my childhood. I’ll mention a few. My mom and dad fought all the time, yelled, threw things. My dad kicked her out onto the street, and she was not allowed to see us by law. She was living on the street for many years. I […]

Q&A: My boyfriend is a narcissist

Tweet Dear Dr. Brit and Catherine, Four months ago I met a guy who was really nice at first. We started dating, and it got serious, but then he started behaving really selfish. I pay for most things when we are out, even though he makes as much as I do. It’s like he is […]

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