Mental Disorders

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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Anhedonia: When Nothing Feels Good Anymore

Have you found yourself lacking the ability to experience joy? Not feeling any pleasure in things you used to love to do? It could be just the blues, but it could be a deeper issue.

Digital Hoarding Could Be Harmful to Your Mental Health

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?

Which Jobs Have the Highest Suicide Rates?

The CDC recently released a report showing that some occupations have much higher suicide rates than others.

U.S. Needs to Have an Ongoing Conversation About Suicide

Suicide is a major challenge to public health in the United States. But like most public health problems, it can be prevented.

Preventing Suicide While Protecting Gun Rights

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.

How Hoarding Works

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.

How Animal Hoarders Differ from Object Hoarders

Experts are divided on whether animal hoarding should be considered a separate mental disorder from general hoarding.

How the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Works

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.

Getting a Ph.D. Can Harm Your Mental Health

Doctoral programs are extremely grueling and stressful at times, but a new study shows they can even spark some serious psychiatric problems.

Do You Have Coffee Bubble Phobia? Scientists Now Know Why

Scientists believe that coffee bubble phobia — a symptom of trypophobia, or a fear of holes — could be an evolutionary aversion to parasites.

Is It Possible to Share Your Psychosis?

Although it's rare, there are cases of two people sharing the same psychotic condition. How does that happen?

'I'm so OCD!' The Danger of Misusing Psychiatric Lingo

Casually using psychiatric terms for personality quirks can be harmful to people who actually have these illnesses.

How Psychopaths Work

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.

Ridiculous History: When People Thought They Were Made of Glass

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.

Crunch Time: Hearing Yourself Chew May Prevent Overeating

Food scientists dub sound 'the forgotten flavor sense.' A new study looked at how sound factored into how much we ate, with some interesting results.

How Narcissism Works

Is social media turning us all into raging narcissists? Probably not, but that doesn't mean your friends aren't sick of your selfies.

Three Risk Factors Could Predict Violence in Adults With Mental Illness

Violent behavior within six months is significantly more likely in people with mental illness if they've experienced these three risk factors.

Suicides of Top Chefs Shed Light on Food Industry Issues

Fine dining is full of intense pressure and really long hours for food professionals. One nonprofit is trying to change that reality.

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind

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?

Why are people afraid of clowns?

Some blame coulrophobia, or the irrational fear of clowns, on Pennywise, the psycho clown in Stephen King's 1986 book "It.” But clowns started scaring people long before that.

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

Co-dependency Guide

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

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.

Personality Disorders Guide

Personality disorders affect the way a person sees and interacts with the world, from attitudes to relationships to behaviors. Learn about the types of personality disorders and treatment options.