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Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Epidemiology of Anxiety Disorders in the United States Statistics Anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric disorders in the United States. The lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders among American adults is rising rapidly.  There are 2 major studies in the USA that were the earliest to provide prevalence rates: the Epidemiological Catchment Area (ECA)…

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12 Warning Signs of Depression

12 Warning Signs of Depression

This article presents the top 12 warning signs and symptoms of Major Depression Episode.  Depression caught in the earliest presenting stages (signs & symptoms) has the best response to treatment (psychotherapy and/or prescriptions) and with treatment the fastest rate of recovery. There is no time to waste. Therefore, it is important to to see a…

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Risk Developing Mental Disorder

Risk Developing Mental Disorder

Exploring Comorbidity Within Mental Disorders  Question:   After an individual receives a diagnosis of a specific mental disorder, does the risk of developing other mental disorders increase? Answer: Yes, comorbidity within mental disorders is pervasive.  There is an increased risk of developing all other mental disorders after an index mental disorder. The risk of developing…

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Stress Ultimate Cause of Illness

Stress the Ultimate Cause of Illness

The Ultimate Cause of Illness and Disease is Stress  Stress is the ultimate cause of illness and mortality. Stress is not a disease. Stress causes illness and disease. 90% of what sends people to their physician is stress related illnesses.  Millions of people leave the physicians office with prescriptions for anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and every…

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Codependency Traits

Codependency Traits: What, How, When are the Traits Formed?

What are Codependency Traits Codependency is a group of personality traits or personality characteristics. They are cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship with oneself and with others. They are maladaptive patterns. However, no such disorder is recognized by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5). However,…

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