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From depression to schizophrenia, mental disorders vary greatly in severity and impact on daily life. Learn about the causes and treatments available for a variety of mental disorders.

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Munchausen Overview

Being sick is something most people try to avoid. But some relish the thought of going to the doctor, undergoing tests -- even having painful surgery. Though they know they aren't really sick, people with Munchausen syndrome pretend to be ill because they're seeking attention and sympathy.


How Psychopaths Work

 How Psychopaths Work

The average psychopath isn't a ruthless killer. Learn what makes a psychopath in this article at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Narcissism Works

 How Narcissism Works

Are we becoming raging narcissists? Probably not, but that doesn't mean your selfie habit is healthy. Learn more about narcissism at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind

 10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind

There are lots of ways to lose your mind, and some of them are surprising. What's happening when you 'lose your mind'? Find out at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

Why are people afraid of clowns?

 Why are people afraid of clowns?

Clowns have been scaring some folks long before Pennywise, the psycho clown in Stephen King's 'It.' Find out why people are afraid of clowns at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Suicide Statistics Infographic

How's this for a suicide statistic: Every year roughly 14% of Americans die as a result of suicide. Get more suicide prevention and awareness statistics See more »

5 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Suicide

 5 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Suicide

Suicide warning signs and symptoms may be hard to detect, but recognizing them may save a person's life. Learn the top suicide warning signs and symptoms See more »

Co-dependency Guide

 Co-dependency Guide

Co-dependency often begins in childhood, triggered by unhealthy family dynamics. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for co-dependency. See more »

Borderline Personality Disorder

 Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by a distorted self-image and difficulty controlling emotions. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for borderline personality disorder. See more »

Personality Disorders Guide

 Personality Disorders Guide

Personality disorders affect the way a person sees and interacts with the world. Learn about the types of personality disorders and treatment options. See more »

What is dissociative identity disorder?

 What is dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder is usually caused by traumatic experiences. Read this article to learn more about dissociative identity disorder. See more »