Articles for Stress

Contamination OCD and the Fear of Germs: Symptoms & More

April 1, 2021

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is one of a few different types of anxiety disorders that’s commonly present throughout the United States. It’s estimated that about 1 in 100 adults currently have diagnosable OCD.

What is Acculturative Stress? Living in a New Culture

March 26, 2021

Comfort zones aren’t just a figure of speech. They are a very real phenomenon that allow us to feel secure in familiar locations and circumstances. When these comfort zones are broken, it can cause a lot of stress on the psyche.

Religious Trauma Syndrome: Everything You Need to Know

March 26, 2021

Religious and spiritual beliefs are important parts of life for many people. Practicing religion is a great way for people to discover their faith, feeling a sense of peace and belonging. With that said, authoritarian religious institutions can be much more intense than most indoctrinations.

What is Disenfranchised Grief, and How to Seek Help

February 28, 2021

Typically, when we experience a loss of life, we are met with kind words and shows of love and support, allowing us to feel like our loss has been accepted and recognized. However, on the other end of the spectrum, is disenfranchised grief.

Acute Stress Disorder: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

February 1, 2021

ASD, or acute stress disorder, can cause a wide range of psychological symptoms. If left untreated, acute stress disorder can progress into post-traumatic stress disorder. That being said, becoming familiar with risk factors and symptoms of ASD can help you recognize a problem, whether it be within your own life or that of a loved one.

Mental Illness: Anxiety Disorder Treatment

December 4, 2020

Everyone experiences moments of anxiety, especially with the stress of COVID-19, but for most people, these moments are fleeting. You might feel anxious before a big test, when facing a difficult problem at work, or when trying to make a big decision, but this is normal.

The PHQ-9: A Depression Assessment Tool

December 2, 2020

Major depressive disorder is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the United States, affecting approximately 7% of American adults each year. Symptoms of depression can include feelings of intense or persistent sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, thoughts of death, difficulty concentrating, and more.

Major Depressive Disorder Treatments: What You Need to Know

November 9, 2020

Feeling sad or blue once in a while is just a part of life, but when you feel this way for more than two weeks, you might be suffering from major depressive disorder. This common mental health condition affects people of all ages, and it can be hard to overcome if you aren’t sure where to turn.

Anxiety: What are the Different Types of Anxiety?

September 20, 2020

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated 40 million adults in the United States, or about 18 percent of the population, is affected by an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and although they are highly treatable, only about 37 percent of people suffering receive treatment.

Postpartum Depression: What Is It and How Long Does it Last?

August 23, 2020

Giving birth to a child is a major life event that can cause a wide range of feelings, regardless if it’s a woman’s first baby or her fourth. Many women experience feelings of sadness, worry, and fatigue following the birth of a baby–these feelings are known as the “baby blues.”