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Maura Fenske

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “borderline personality disorder is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior.”

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

By Maura Fenske • April 17, 2019

Bipolar disorder causes people to experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows of their emotions and energy, sometimes simultaneously.

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PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced a traumatic, dangerous, stressful, or tragic event. Recovery is possible with proper treatment.

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Many of us have caught ourselves daydreaming while at school or work, or distracted by the repetitive rhythm of the highway while driving. But few of us have actually disengaged from the world around us and lost our connection with our own minds.

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A thought disorder causes disorganized thinking and can be a symptom of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia.

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Beating anxiety involves taking one step at a time, followed by another, and another, and another.

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Anticipatory anxiety is more than just the nervous jitters that some of us get before we start a new job or return to school for the year: it can be debilitating and can even affect our physical health.

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What is Social Anxiety?

By Maura Fenske • January 23, 2019

Social anxiety is more than simply being nervous about meeting new people or talking in front of a group—it involves a feeling of intense dread and paralyzing fear that does not go away and can, in some instances, stop someone from socializing at all.

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Social media can be an incredible tool to help us stay connected to our loved ones and causes we care about, but it can be just as dangerous as it is useful.

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A surprising number of us find that the holidays bring us more stress, emptiness, and sadness than joy.

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