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Distinguishing between bipolar disorder and unipolar depression

Bipolar disorder is a common mood disorder in which a person undergoes dramatic shifts in his or her mood and ability to think logically. Unfortunately, it is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions. As a result, a lot of people with bipolar disorder do not get a proper diagnosis, which can have far-reaching negative consequences. Read more

Tips for a single mom to maintain sound mental health

“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer,” said Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper.” The quote aptly describes the perennially ardent routine of a mother that gets more challenging if she is a single mother. There is no denying the fact that it is a blessing to be a mother. However, rearing a child single-handedly and working to ensure that the child gets the best of everything growing into a well-rounded individual can get emotionally and physically exhausting at times. For some single moms, not high on fortitude and endurance, the stress can compound and make one susceptible to a host of mental problems. Read more

Tips on dealing with ghosting in dating world

The world of social media offers a plethora of dating apps to choose from, for people who don’t socialize much in the real world, or for those who don’t get lucky enough to meet someone they are compatible with. Online dating is a big phenomenon today that has helped many people find their better halves. However, for some, the experiences have been horrid as they have been ghosted on these dating sites. Read more

4 critical facts about anosognosia

Millions of people across the globe are struggling with mental problems, but because of stigma and discrimination attached to these illnesses, many people consciously prefer to remain in denial and as a result, reject the diagnosis and do not reach out for support. However, when one is afflicted with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder, it is possible that one might be unable to think clearly or perceive that there is some problem. This lack of insight is known as anosognosia, one of the worst symptoms of a mental illness. Some of the important facts about anosognosia are discussed here: Read more

Treatment enables people with mental illness lead productive lives

Almost all mental disorders are characterized by changes in mood, behavior and thinking patterns. It has been observed that mental disorders have far-reaching consequences on patients’ physical health, education, employment and relationships, etc., which could prevent him or her from leading a happy and productive life. Listed below are some of the most common types of mental disorders: Read more