Adjustment Disorders occur when ordinary stress pushes people beyond their limits, causing an inability to cope with life. During the last century, the term “nervous breakdown” was used to describe people suffering from anxiety-based problems that caused them misery. Actually, the term “nervous breakdown” never had a formal meaning.  However,Continue Reading

Children who grow up in a stressful tumultuous household with both parents could be far worse off than growing up in a single-parent home. Living with one or both alcoholic or drug addicted parents is probably a life not worth remembering. Children brought up with physical abuse, harsh punishment andContinue Reading

Some of the most mystifying disorders are the rare Dissociative Disorders, in which a person appears to experience a sudden loss of memory or a change in their identity. Sometimes people become so overwhelmed with stress they are said to dissociate themselves from it. Their conscious awareness becomes separated fromContinue Reading

Dissociative Disorders include striking episodes of amnesia, fugue (fewg), a loss of awareness of one’s identity, or multiple identities. Dissociative Amnesia, a separate disorder, involves an inability to recall one’s name, address or past. Dissociative Fugue involves sudden, unplanned trips away from home for no apparent reason, and confusion aboutContinue Reading

Many people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have difficulty remembering significant portions of the actual traumatic event, including important details just prior to and during it. This is called Emotional Amnesia or Dissociative Amnesia. Whether this disconnect of events is intentional to prevent painful thoughts or an automaticContinue Reading

Type A people tend to be extremely competitive and self critical. They constantly strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. Check the items that apply to you. Do You… Are You a Type A? If most of this list applies to you, youContinue Reading

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a fairly new diagnosis, appearing for the first time in the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) in 2013. It describes a childhood of extreme irritability, anger and frequent intense temper outbursts, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). DMDD symptoms extendContinue Reading