6 Ways to Help a Loved One with Hoarding Disorder

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. What is hoarding disorder? Hoarding disorder (HD) is a mental health disorder where an individual collects a large amount of possessions and experiences difficulty parting with possessions to the point where parting with possessions prompts profound emotional distress. Approximately 2% to 6% of people in the United States have hoarding disorder (Cleveland Clinic, 2022).  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) previously classified hoarding disorder as a subtype of OCD, “however, healthcare providers were encountering people with hoarding behaviors who didn’t have any other mental health conditions. After more research, hoarding disorder was included as an isolated condition, in the OCD spectrum, in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which is the most recent edition” (Cleveland Clinic, 2022).  Similar to many of us, people with hoarding disorder keep objects due to their sentimentality, aesthetics, and usefulness. These …

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How to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Medically reviewed by Dr. Mark Hrymoc, M.D.
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Reducing anxiety and depression involves adopting a holistic approach, focusing on both mind and body. Strategies include regular physical activity, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and mindfulness or meditation. Social support is crucial, so building strong relationships and seeking professional help when needed is essential. Incorporating these habits can significantly lessen symptoms and improve overall well-being. Anxiety and depression significantly impact individuals’ daily lives, affecting their ability to work, maintain relationships, and enjoy life. Without addressing these mental health issues, symptoms can worsen over time, requiring anxiety treatment and depression treatment. Implementing regular exercise, practicing mindfulness techniques, seeking social support, and consulting mental health professionals can effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This article explores how to reduce anxiety and depression. How to Reduce Anxiety and Depression The 2022 National Health Interview Survey results show that 12.5% of Americans over 18 experience excessive nervousness, worry, and anxiety. Also, 5% …

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How to Overcome Social Anxiety

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Overcoming social anxiety involves a combination of professional therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, and self-help strategies. Engaging in gradual exposure to social situations, practicing relaxation techniques, and challenging negative thoughts are crucial. Seeking support from understanding friends or support groups can also significantly aid in managing and reducing the symptoms of social anxiety. Social anxiety can feel like an insurmountable wall, hindering interactions and dampening life’s vibrancy. However, it is a condition that can be managed and overcome with the right strategies and support.  The journey towards overcoming social anxiety involves understanding its roots, implementing practical coping mechanisms, and seeking professional help like psychotherapy. In this article, you will discover how to overcome social anxiety. What is Social Anxiety? Social anxiety disorder, often misunderstood as mere shyness, is a persistent, intense fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and other daily activities. It …

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Menopause and Mental Health

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. Menopause Menopause describes the point in time where changes in a woman’s hormones lead to the end of menstrual cycles. It usually is diagnosed after a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. The menopausal transition most often begins between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts about seven years but can be as long as 14 years. The duration can depend on lifestyle factors such as smoking, age it begins, and race and ethnicity. During perimenopause, the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies greatly (2021). Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that “many healthcare providers actually use the term menopause to refer to the period of time when a woman’s hormone levels start to change. Menopause is said to be complete when menstrual periods have ceased for one continuous year. The transition phase before menopause is often referred …

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How to Cope with War Anxiety 2023

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. War Anxiety War anxiety, also known as nuclear anxiety, is a common reaction to the news and images about conflict. This has been extremely relevant in light of the devastation of the Israel-Hamas war. Though research is still being conducted on the long-term effects of war anxiety, a Finnish study found that teens worried about a nuclear war were at increased risk for mental health disorders (ex: generalized anxiety disorder) five years later (Poikolainen et al., 2004). Research also indicates that media exposure to mass violence events can fuel a cycle of distress, and those more prone to anxiety are also more likely to seek out media coverage of crises (Thompson et al., 2019).  Symptoms Symptoms of war anxiety are similar to many symptoms of anxiety disorders. Symptoms may be more cognitive, in the form of worries and anxiety thoughts. Symptoms can also be more physical, …

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