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Minority stress: A key stressor behind increased mental disorders among LGBT people

Minority stress: A key stressor behind increased mental disorders among LGBT people

“I can’t let anyone find out that I’m not straight. It would be so humiliating. My friends would hate me; I just know it. They might even want to beat me up. … I guess I’m no good to anyone . . . not even God. Life is so cruel and unfair. Sometimes I feel like disappearing from the face of this earth.” – Excerpts from the diary of 16-year-old Bobby Griffith scribbled by him two weeks before committing suicide. Read more

Warning signs of suicide

Warning signs of suicide

Every suicide is a personal tragedy that prematurely takes the life of an individual and has a perpetual ripple effect by dramatically affecting the lives of families, friends, etc. People committing suicide or exhibiting suicide ideation generally show some clues or signs of their miseries to their loved ones. Overall, an array of factors plays a critical role in convincing a person to commit suicide. Read more

Understanding dissociative identity disorder

Understanding dissociative identity disorder

Also known as multiple personality disorder or split personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder (DID) enfolds a number of idiosyncratic personalities that exist within an individual. It is a convoluted, protracted and disturbing psychopathology that is indicated by disturbances in memory and identity.

A person with this disorder may project an array of splits. Each of the splits differs from the other by means of behavior, thinking, voice and much more. Compared to other mental disorders, dissociative identity disorder is differentiated by persisting coexistence of relatively deviating or separate forms of a single identity by amnesia and periodic episodes of memory loss. Such episodes of fragmented characters emerge as a corollary of shattering childhood experiences. Read more

Ways to rebuild life after domestic violence

Ways to rebuild life after domestic violence

Rebuilding life after experiencing domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) for a long time can get very challenging and disorienting. Years of abuse and control by the perpetrator result in loss of self-confidence and self-worth in the victims. Starting life afresh is easier said than done. However, one must try to find direction and purpose of living, and strive towards building a brighter future. Even though the journey may appear to be difficult, the victim should be proud of the fact that he or she is out of the toxic relationship and realize that moving on is the only way forward. Read more

Knowing why scorekeeping is unhealthy for relationships

Knowing why scorekeeping is unhealthy for relationships

Scorekeeping invariably enters a relationship, whether it is between siblings, friends, partners or co-workers. However, regularly doing so can create barriers and spoil the charm. The harm could be to an extent that irrevocable differences might crop up. Therefore, it is important to review the relationship dynamics from time-to-time. If two people are always trying to get even with each other, it is better to reach a consensus and make things cordial. Read more