National Face Your Fears Day: How exposure therapy scares the fear away (Part 4 of 4)

National Face Your Fears Day: How exposure therapy scares the fear away (Part 4 of 4)

People are often told they need to face their fears in order to overcome them. Exposure therapy forces those with specific phobias to do just that, aiming to reduce the fear and anxiety that their phobic stimuli produce. National Face Your Fears Day, which was on Oct. 13, 2015, is a time to explore different forms of exposure therapy and how they can treat individuals with specific phobias.

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Examining the benefits of training nonprofessionals in mental health outreach

Examining the benefits of training nonprofessionals in mental health outreach

At least one person in approximately 48 percent of all households in the United States has sought mental health care within the past year, according to a 2004 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, high cost of care, lack of insurance coverage and stigma surrounding mental health issues still keep many from seeking help. A new initiative in New York City aims to train nonprofessionals in mental health intervention to increase the availability of resources for those struggling with psychological disorders or substance abuse issues. Read more

BPD underdiagnosed in men

BPD underdiagnosed in men

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition noted for its prevalence among women. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition indicates that 75 percent of BPD cases are diagnosed in females. For this reason, men struggling with BPD are often misdiagnosed and undertreated. As author and researcher Randi Kreger explains, “Most therapists are clueless that men also have BPD even though the most conservative estimates say in four BPD sufferers is male.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports this statistic, reporting that approximately 75 percent of individuals diagnosed with BPD are female. This is partially due to the fact that the disorder presents itself differently in males than in females. The stigma and lack of understanding surrounding this reality makes its true prevalence in the male population unknown.

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