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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Introduction According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 1 percent of adults in the U.S. (roughly 2.2 million people) have been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (or OCD).   Many are familiar with or have heard of OCD, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about this condition. Some of the most

Staging an Intervention for an Addict

Introduction   According to a report from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 95 percent of those who are struggling with a substance abuse issue are unaware that it’s a problem. In many cases, a person needs to hear from a close friend, family member, or other loved one before they realize the

What Does it Mean to Have an Eating Disorder?

Introduction   Roughly 9 percent of the population deals with eating disorders. That may seem like a small number, but it still works out to roughly 28.8 million Americans.   Many people struggle with eating disorders or know someone who struggles. In either case, it can be hard to know where to turn for help

Am I in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship?

Introduction   Results from the National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) show that approximately 50 percent of Americans had experienced lifetime emotional abuse by a partner.   There’s a lot of confusion around emotional abuse and how it differs from other types of abuse, such as physical abuse and verbal abuse.   Below

How to Forgive Someone After a Betrayal

Introduction   According to the American Psychological Association, a betrayal occurs anytime someone violates another person’s expectations and breaks their trust.   Whether it’s infidelity in a marriage or sharing information that a friend wanted to keep private, betrayal can be hard to recover from. It is possible, though.   For those who are struggling

Should I do Individual or Couples Counseling?

Introduction   Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 19.2 percent of adults had received mental health treatment in the last year. Research from MidAmerica Nazarene University reveals that 49 percent of married couples have also sought out couples counseling.   Many people know that they need to seek help, but they’re

Can Meditation and Yoga Improve Mental Health?

Introduction Yoga and meditation are the two most popular mind-body practices in the United States. Despite this, there is new information about yoga frequently.   Not only are yoga and meditation good for relaxation and improved physical health, but they can also improve one’s mental health.   So, we have created a list below of

How Does Trauma Impact Mental Health?

Introduction   Approximately 70 percent of adults (223.4 million people) have experienced trauma at some point in their lives.   Trauma is common, clearly. However, there’s also a lot of misunderstanding around what trauma is and the effects it can have on people and their mental health.   Below are answers to some of the most