Disorders Library

  • Book Review: Outside the Lines: A Novel
    Outside the Lines powerfully encourages readers to reexamine their perspective regarding mental illness. Amy Hatvany intricately explores the world of someone who’s mentally ill, detailing painful repercussions, stigma and societal perceptions. And alongside ...
  • Parenting the Whole Child
    The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like ...
  • Book Review: Best Kept Secret
    “Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.” - Amy Hatvany Amy Hatvany’s Best Kept Secret is a gripping novel that explores the ...
  • Body-Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    There are so many different types of obsessions and compulsions when it comes to OCD. Perhaps among the less talked about are sensorimotor, or body-focused, obsessions which involve a heightened awareness and focus on involuntary bodily activities and processes. Common examples include hyperawareness of swallowing, breathing, or blinking. Additionally, overattention to bladder and digestive processes -- indeed, any unhealthy focus on a specific body part or organ -- might also fall into the category of sensorimotor obsessions. I think these types of obsessions seem particularly brutal because they involve necessary, ongoing bodily processes. There truly is no escape, and this fact often plays into the sufferer's obsessions.
  • Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
    “But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be ...
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • Hypocritical Compulsions: Recognizing the Nonsense of OCD
    The need for certainty fuels the fires of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For ...
  • Six Ways to Help Your Perfectionist Child Find Balance
    Four-year-old Max would crumple his paper when his drawing wasn’t perfect. He would start over, and often grow ...
  • Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding Perfectionist
    I once met a young man who had had many successes in his youth. He was intelligent and ...
  • My Struggles with OCD in Recovery
    "Are you being crazy again?" My wife, upon noticing my awkward and all-too-familiar hand gestures, has asked me this hundreds of times. ...
  • Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren’t Being Fooled
    It would be hard not to judge Blind to Betrayal by its cover. Readers could be forgiven for thinking it’s a how-to book on catching unfaithful spouses. But while there are several stories of infidelity, ...
  • Helping ADHD Children Make Friends
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as defined by the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is ...
  • The Connection Between OCD & Psychosis
    When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) became severe, he was in college, fifteen hundred miles away from home. My husband ...
  • Treating Schizophrenia Successfully
    Schizophrenia is a complex and often chronic illness that requires long-term treatment. Medication is the bedrock of managing schizophrenia, said Peter Buckley, MD, ...
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life
    How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, ...
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling
    There are exceptions to many rules in life. Whether it is a fashion decree about wearing black and brown or the parking law in various neighborhoods, there are many instances where the “rule” does not ...
  • Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion
    “There I was, on a Broadway stage. Naked with the rest of the cast of Oh! Calcutta! The drugs and alcohol must not have been working because I was literally crawling out of my skin.” So begins ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Adult ADHD
    This article is about adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The childhood ADHD FAQ is here. Is ADHD even a real ...
  • How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?
    Before they fell out of vogue, roughly 40,000 lobotomies took place in the United States. “Took place” being a rather passive, arm’s-length way of saying that, on 40,000 separate occasions, a person with an advanced ...
  • Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest
    Fear can be a powerful disincentive to change. It was one of several factors that kept me from undergoing cognitive-behavioral ...
  • The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
    At some point in nearly everyone’s life, depression will strike. Whether it comes through the grief of losing a loved one, the loss of a job and subsequent financial difficulty, or something else, depression, whether ...
  • Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder
    Having a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so ...
  • OCD, Lying, Hyper-responsibility & Honesty
    My son Dan was an honest child; an unusually upfront, truthful boy, who as far as I know, never lied to me. ...
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single Event
    Following is an example of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a single traumatic incident. Tony had a somewhat ...

 

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