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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The terms sociopath and psychopath are used interchangeably, but they're not the same. So what's the differences between these two antisocial personality disorders?
Do you have thousands of photos and emails stored on your devices or in the cloud? If so, you might be a digital hoarder. But is that as bad as being hoarder in real life?
By Dave Roos
The CDC recently released a report showing that some occupations have much higher suicide rates than others.
Suicide is a major challenge to public health in the United States. But like most public health problems, it can be prevented.
By John Donovan
A startling two-thirds of gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides, not homicides. Some suicide prevention advocates and gun rights supporters are coming together to educate people about suicide risk.
By Dave Roos
Hoarding is a serious mental illness that is extremely hard to treat. Find out what we've learned about the disorder over the years and how psychiatrists and psychologists are helping those who are living with the disease.
Now in its fifth edition, the DSM is the bible of diagnosing mental disorders in the U.S. Adding or removing a condition from the manual can greatly impact public opinion, as well as pharmaceutical and insurance practices.
By Alia Hoyt
Your average psychopath isn't a ruthless killer. It's far likelier you'll find them running for office, leading a company or just enjoying a cup of coffee next to you at work.
Imagine being afraid that if someone touches you or that if you sit down, you'll break. That's what life was like for someone with the glass delusion.
By Bryan Young
Is social media turning us all into raging narcissists? Probably not, but that doesn't mean your friends aren't sick of your selfies.
By Oisin Curran
Financial hardship. Work deadlines. A trip to Paris. Wait, what? A visit to the City of Light is enough to send you off the deep end?
Celebrities aren't exempt from mental health issues. This list includes some of Hollywood and history's most well-known names who have or are dealing with various disorders.
Sure, you know what bipolar disorder is. Itâ€™s that condition where you just have dramatic mood swings and you get lots done during the manic episodes â€¦ right? Not quite.
By Tom Scheve
Learn more about the rare and unusual mental disorder, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. Find out what causes these fairy tale-like symptoms.
What is Cotard's Syndrome? Learn more about this rare and unusual mental disorder.
Some of us may obsess more than we know. Ayana Rose-Williams, therapist from My Mom is Obsessed, shares her advice for taking a step back from such obsessive behavior.
Despite a pathological attachment to things they can't stop collecting or discard, hoarders are stressed by their clutter and its effect on their lives.
By Alia Hoyt
From the Bouvier Beales to the Collyer brothers -- some hoarding cases are so notorious, they're remembered decades after the fact. What were five of the most famous?
Helping a hoarder doesn't mean spending a long weekend with a box of trash bags and gloves. Instead, being part of the solution takes a light, nonjudgmental touch.
By Julia Layton
Can you inherit compulsive hoarding disorder from a parent? The answer is, you guessed it, complicated, and it starts with an understanding of genetics.
By Julia Layton
While some celebrity meltdowns are the result of ego or eccentricity, others are the result of something deeper. Here, we've pulled together a list of famous meltdowns that may have had roots in mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.
In the home of a hoarder, piles of trash might reach the ceiling, and stacks of newspapers so crowd the kitchen that cooking is impossible. Sleeping, eating and bathing may take place in such clutter that health suffers. How can hoarders get help?
By Julia Layton
If you've seen Stephen King's "It" and developed a fear of clowns, you're not alone. With 9 percent of Americans suffering from phobias, your clown avoidance is just the tip of the iceberg. So what else has 20 million of us shaking in our boots?
Mental Illness, a prolonged disturbance of thought and emotion, marked by behavior not appropriate to reality.
If you have a friend who's obsessive about cleanliness or organization, you've probably jokingly described him or her as OCD. But obsessive-compulsive disorder is about more than just scrubbing and straightening.