Psychiatric conditions are sometimes named due to the symptoms they evoke in the people who have them. Major depression, for example, is the name given to psychiatric episodes in which a person is severely depressed. Here, the name really tells the story. There are some conditions, however, that have more playful or elusive names that can be a little baffling to people who … [Read more...] about Diogenes Syndrome
Antisocial personality disorder is a particularly challenging type of personality disorder, characterised by impulsive, irresponsible and often criminal behaviour. Someone with antisocial personality disorder will typically be manipulative, reckless and not care for other people's feelings. However, like other personality disorders, the disorder is on a spectrum – so it can … [Read more...] about Antisocial personality disorder
The US National Library of Medicine describes a person with narcissistic personality disorder as having an excessive sense of self-importance, an intense preoccupation with themselves, and no empathy for others. The term comes from a character in Greek mythology, called Narcissus. He saw his reflection in a pool of water and fell in love with it. The Cleveland Clinic says that … [Read more...] about What is narcissistic personality disorder?
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger. The disorder is typified by hostility, impulsivity, and recurrent aggressive outbursts. People with IED essentially “explode” into a rage despite a lack of apparent provocation or reason. Individuals suffering from intermittent explosive disorder have … [Read more...] about Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition where you have recurring distressing memories, flashbacks and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event. Treatment options include antidepressant medication and non-medicinal treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). What is post-traumatic stress disorder? Post-traumatic stress … [Read more...] about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder