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What is Hoarding Disorder? 

For over 700 years, the concept of hoarding has been a notable element in European literature, reflecting the social and economic milieu of different eras. Esteemed authors have often imbued their characters with hoarding behaviors, providing a mirror to the times. Notable examples include Miss Flite in Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House” and the Collyer brothers in Franz Lidz’s “Ghosty Men.” Similarly, in “Great Expectations,” Dickens presents Miss Havisham as a character who compulsively hoards remnants of her past. These depictions in literature not only illustrate hoarding behaviors but also offer insights into the historical and economic contexts that influenced these portrayals, enhancing our understanding of hoarding’s evolution through time. Hoarding is a mental health condition characterized by the excessive collection and retention of items, leading to clutter that disrupts an individual’s living space and daily functioning. This behavior stems from an ongoing difficulty in discarding possessions, irrespective of their value, causing distress and significant impairment. Historically linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), hoarding was reclassified as a separate entity in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) in 2013. This reclassification...

By LifeStance Health

Published: May 6, 2024
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What is Hoarding Disorder? 
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When Socializing Loses Its Spark: Coping with Social Anhedonia

What Is Social Anhedonia? Social anhedonia is a condition characterized by a lack of enjoyment in social situations, often misunderstood or misdiagnosed due to its complex nature. Unlike physical anhedonia, which refers to a lack of pleasure from physical or sensory experiences such as eating, affection, and sex, social anhedonia symptoms involve a distinct disinterest in interpersonal relationships, flat vocal expression, and social withdrawal. Social Anhedonia vs. Social Anxiety vs Introversion It’s easy to muddle social anhedonia with conditions that manifest similar symptoms, such as social anxiety, depression, or even autism spectrum disorder—especially as anhedonia can be a symptom of other conditions, including mood disorders. However, each of these conditions is fundamentally different and requires unique therapeutic approaches. Social anxiety is a fear...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 13, 2024
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When Socializing Loses Its Spark: Coping with Social Anhedonia
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A Guide to Personalized Adjustment Disorder Treatment Plans

The term “adjustment disorder” was coined to describe a set of symptoms and experiences that individuals go through when they have difficulty coping with specific stressors or life changes. Imagine someone facing a significant life change—maybe they’ve moved to a new city, gone through a breakup, or experienced a major loss. These changes trigger a range of emotions, and that’s completely normal. After all, life is full of adjustments, like learning a new dance with every twist in the story. However, there’s a subtle but important distinction between dealing with changes and struggling with a full-blown disorder. Coping with change is like learning a new dance step—it might take time, but it’s part of the rhythm of life. On the other hand, an adjustment disorder is like stumbling on the dance floor. It’s when the emotions become overwhelming, and the person has trouble keeping up with the beat. Adjustment Disorder (AD) is a recognized and proper medical diagnosis within the field of mental health. It’s listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is a widely used manual for diagnosing mental health conditions. Adjustment disorder symptoms encompass emotional shifts like persistent sadness or anxiety, behavioral changes such...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 11, 2024
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A Guide to Personalized Adjustment Disorder Treatment Plans
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FDA Greenlights Exxua™ (Gepirone): A Promising New Antidepressant for 2024

In a significant stride towards addressing the complexities of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), the FDA’s September 2023 approval of the groundbreaking drug, Exxua, has sparked hope and optimism. This innovative development is paving the way for new possibilities in the realm of Depression Medication Treatment, which is a game-changer for both providers and patients. The promising potential of Exxua cannot be understated, so we’re shedding light on its unique qualities and the impact it may have on individuals dealing with MDD. The Evolution of MDD Treatments Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has been a longstanding challenge in the field of mental health, as treating it can be tricky. Over the decades, treatment strategies have evolved, reflecting our growing understanding of this complex condition. Traditional antidepressants have played a pivotal role in managing MDD, offering relief to many. However, they ha...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 4, 2024
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What is Nomophobia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

In the age of constant connectivity, the absence of a mobile phone can evoke feelings of fear and Anxiety in many people. Nomophobia—the fear of being without a mobile phone—is becoming an increasingly common disorder. What is Nomophobia? Nomophobia, or “No Mobile Phone Phobia,” refers to the Anxiety and agitation people experience when they are without their mobile phone. It is a phrase coined during a 2008 study by the UK’s research-based organization (YouGov). They found that whether it’s running out of battery, losing signal, or forgetting the phone at home, the inability to connect or communicate through the mobile phone can lead to intense fear and distress. This anxiety is highest among young people as found in the latest 2019 UK research study: 60% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 25-to 34-year-olds say that they would be anxious not being able to communicate to family and friends with their phone, while only 34%...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 26, 2024
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What is Nomophobia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options
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How to Deal with PTSD Triggers to Regain Control of Your Life

Common PTSD Triggers and How to Control Them Navigating life with PTSD is like trying to find your way through an unpredictable maze. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is classified as a Trauma Disorder. It is a mental health condition that occurs in response to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Trauma disorders, including PTSD, are characterized by the emotional and psychological distress that arises from exposure to events that involve a serious threat to one’s life, physical integrity, or emotional well-being. PTSD symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, avoidance behaviors, and negative changes in mood and cognition. According to the National Center for PTSD, 5% of adults in the U.S. have a PTSD diagnosis in any given year, and while each person’s experience is distinct, one commonality remains—mental intrusions that momentarily take people back to the traumatic event. Understanding and navigating these triggers is crucial to progress and healing. This article sheds light on the nature of triggers for PTSD including fewer known ones, helping people living with PTSD to recognize them and equip themselves with effective coping strategies. Join us as we explore this topic, highlighting some...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 12, 2024
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What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD

This content has been updated from the previous article on June 17, 2021. While popular media would have people believe that OCD exclusively affects adults, children can develop the condition. In fact, early-onset OCD is one of the more common mental illnesses of children and adolescents, with a prevalence of 1% to 3%. It impairs the quality of life of the affected young people but is often diagnosed only after a delay. Researchers have found that COVID-19 has worsened OCD symptoms in children and teens with the disorder. Furthermore, it appears that some people are developing OCD in response to COVID-19 trauma, even when they did not live with the disorder before. Parents who know about this disorder’s symptoms, causes, and treatment options can look out for signs of OCD in children and help their kids if the problem ever arises. Symptoms of OCD in Children In both children and adults, the symptoms of OCD can be ca...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 24, 2024
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What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD