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Hoarding Disorder: 5 Associated Risks


Hoarding Disorder is characterized as persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions or items because of an intense need to save them. Often, the items hoarded possess little to no monetary value, remaining in the possession of the hoarder without being used, create a cramped living environment, and lead to unsanitary living conditions. Persons struggling with a hoarding disorder typically experience feelings of loss,...
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Comorbid Anxiety Disorders and Persons with Schizophrenia


It might not come as a surprise to most that anxiety is often observed among patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Frequently, anxiety may present as a component of schizophrenia (particularly during an acute psychotic episode), a result of an underlying organic condition, a medicinal side effect, or a symptom of a co-occurring anxiety disorder. Proper evaluation as well as accurate diagnosis can help with identifying...
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10 Signs You Are Socially Awkward


Most of us have experienced feelings of social awkwardness at least once in our life, making it difficult to relax and engage with others. Needless to say, we all have moments of awkwardness, but many people deal with it on a daily basis However, those of us that experience ongoing challenges related to socializing with others often struggle with anxiety, self-esteem issues, feelings of...
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Valentine’s Day: 9 Tips for People Struggling with Loneliness


For many people, St. Valentine’s day can bring a lot of mixed emotions ranging from excitement and happiness, to loneliness and depression. Relationships are like food, they can provide us with essential benefits to our health or cause discomfort and harm. Like food and water, we need nurturing and supportive relationships to not only survive but flourish. Previous research conducted on human development confirm...
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How The Immigration Ban Affects Families


Many of us have heard the terms “illegal immigrants” or “undocumented immigrants” being heavily talked about on the radio, news, and discussions. Persons that are deemed “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants are simply people that do not have the official paperwork that allows them to live in another country. Often, the reasons why some people do not become a citizen of a country to...
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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Parents Guide to Recognizing Signs


For a lot of parents, learning that your child has a spectrum disorder can be a very difficult realization to accept. Unfortunately, for some, learning a child has a disability can be as traumatizing as the death of a family member or close friend. Many parents may have seen the signs, noticed something that may have suggested their child does not process things the way other...
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Managing Anxious Behavior in Children: 7 Tips


Stress and anxiety is a normal part of life for many people, including children. Children, like adults can struggle with intense feelings of frustration and anxiety leading to challenges in cognition, academic performance, managing emotions, building resiliency, etc. Anxiety in can children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development, as well as physical health. Increased stress and anxious behavior in children can be associated...
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Mental Health Concerns and College Students: 17 Signs


There is no denying mental illness continues to be an ongoing challenge for a lot of people, both young and old. It is neither an exaggeration nor is it alarmist to claim that there is a mental health crisis today facing America’s college students. Evidence suggests that this group has greater levels of stress and psychopathology than any time in the nation’s history. Most people have become...
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