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What happens in the brain during depression?

When the brain is depressed, a person will likely experience an influx of the stress hormone cortisol. Research suggests that, over time, depression and the resulting stress can...

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What is dissociation?

Dissociation is described as a feeling of being disconnected from yourself, your surroundings, or from reality. People may experience dissociation when they're extremely...

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure,” as defined by the American Psychological Association...

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What are the 5 stages of PTSD?

PTSD is an acronym for post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a mental illness caused by someone experiencing extreme trauma. Most often, PTSD is thought of as...

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What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a disorder that affects many children and adults. The symptoms of ADHD include the inability to concentrate or...

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How common is agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is an uncommon disorder, impacting less than 1% of U.S. adults at any given time. Approximately 1.3% adults will experience agoraphobia at some point. Interestingly...

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Trending questions

What is the psychology behind hoarding?

The psychology behind hoarding is complex. It is characterized by excessively acquiring, saving, and often storing random items in a haphazard manner that disrupts...

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What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that can sometimes occur in mothers within a few weeks of giving birth. Symptoms are often complex and can present both...

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What triggers social anxiety?

There are different triggers of social anxiety. The first cause has to do with genetics. If one or both parents have social anxiety disorder, chances are one, or some of their...

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How do you practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is easy to practice with a little preparation. In essence, mindfulness is doing everything with intention, and being ever-present in the moment. Mindfulness is about...

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What is the definition of sexual abuse?

While the exact legal definition of sexual abuse may vary depending on local laws, the American Psychological Association (APA) defines sexual abuse as, "unwanted sexual activity, with...

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How do you fix relationship problems?

Fixing relationship problems depends on many factors such as the size of the actual problem, how long it has existed, if both parties want to fix the problems, etc. There is always the...

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