Teens, Younger Kids Can Get PTSD, Too

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a sometimes debilitating mental health condition that appears in the weeks following an overwhelmingly stressful life event. At one point, this disorder belonged to a larger group of conditions called anxiety disorders; it now belongs to a group of conditions called trauma- and stressor-related disorders. While most people probably associate…

Anxiety vs. Nervousness 101: Managing ‘Mild’ Anxiety

Anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder are all classified as “anxiety disorders” by mental health professionals. In order to be diagnosed with one, you must meet certain criteria: the way in which you experience your symptoms must be severe enough, appear often enough and become disruptive enough to be called…

Effective Treatment for Depressive Personality Traits

Depressive personality disorder (DPD) is an unofficial mental health condition characterized by the presence of several different symptoms that leave affected individuals in chronically depressed or melancholy moods. Despite the unofficial status of the disorder, current evidence indicates that depressive personality traits can seriously diminish a person’s sense of well-being, especially when these traits appear…