Social phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) is a fear of one or more social situations where there might be unfamiliar people or judgment by others. Typically people with social phobia worry that they will embarrass themselves in such a situation, either by showing symptoms of anxiety (e.g., blushing, sweating) or by otherwise acting in a way…

Relationship issues are patterns of interaction between people that affect their lives in a potentially negative way—especially when the relationships involve significant partners or family members. Relationship issues can result in a number of mental health issues and can contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic. They can also affect daily functioning and can…

As the name suggests, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, often disturbing thoughts or images that are difficult to get rid of and cause a lot of anxiety. Compulsions are behaviors or rituals that a person performs to temporarily reduce the anxiety caused…

Self-esteem refers to the attitudes or judgments people hold about themselves and their worthiness. Individuals suffering from low self-esteem doubt their worth, skills, and ability to be successful. They may feel badly about themselves and expect to fail or be rejected by others in a variety of situations. Low self-esteem not only negatively impacts mood,…

Grief is a natural response to losing someone close to you or something you value highly. Grief can result from several types of losses, including diagnosis of a terminal illness, job loss, end of a relationship, loss from theft or natural disaster. Feelings may be intense and can be debilitating at times, often resulting in…

A person who procrastinates will put off doing an activity until the last minute as a way of coping with the anxiety or negative feelings associated with that activity. Procrastination can occur in many areas of life including social activities (e.g., returning or making phone calls), work or school (e.g., finishing an assignment), health-related activities…

If you’re struggling with weight problems, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69.0% percent of American adults age 20 years and over were either overweight or obese (2011-2012). In 2010, the CDC reported that 35.7% of American adults and 17% of American children were obese. Obesity is a…

If you are experiencing stress at work, you are not alone. According to the 2013 Work Stress Survey, more than 80% of employed Americans report feeling stressed out at work. Some of the most common sources of work stress include poor work-life balance, having an unreasonable workload, difficulty with coworkers, and low pay, among others….

What is Acceptance? Acceptance is willingness to experience pain as an inevitable part of human life. If we understand the reality that pain and discomfort are going to occur in this lifetime, we can learn how to react differently to our pain. So, acceptance is a crucial part of change. Accepting something about one’s life…

These disorders include schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and schizotypal (personality) disorder. They are characterized by abnormalities in one or more of the following five domains: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, abnormal motor behavior and negative symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Schizophrenia is generally typified by problems with social functioning and self-care skills. Key features that define the…

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