What Is Addiction and Is This Mental Illness?

In recent years, addiction has been increasingly understood as a mental health issue. The American Psychiatric Association classifies addiction as a Substance Use Disorder in the DSM-V, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a “brain disease.”  This is because addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite negative consequences.… Continue reading What Is Addiction and Is This Mental Illness?

The Dangerous and Addictive Behavior of Scab Picking

One of the most common scab-picking behaviors is something called Dermatillomania. This term refers to a disorder in which people compulsively pick at their skin, causing scabs and scars to form. For some people with this condition, scab picking may make them feel good for a short time because it releases endorphins into the bloodstream.… Continue reading The Dangerous and Addictive Behavior of Scab Picking

What it Means to be a Psychopath: Understanding the Nature of One’s Mind

The word psychopath is often used to describe someone who is ruthless, heartless, and without conscience. That’s not necessarily true though. There are many different types of psychopathy that one can have. The signs of a psychopath are often difficult to spot because they’re so good at masking their true nature. In this article, we’ll… Continue reading What it Means to be a Psychopath: Understanding the Nature of One’s Mind