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Category : OCD

Improving Treatment for Common Phobias

Specific phobias are a type of anxiety disorder affecting between 3 and 15 percent of the population. While effective treatments are available, most people don’t seek treatment; an estimated 10 to 25 percent of people with a specific phobia seek treatment.

Trichotillomania: Potentially Debilitating yet Often Unnoticed

Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair-pulling disorder, involves repetitively pulling one’s hair out to the point of causing bald patches. Many people twist and play with their hair, but that is not the same as trichotillomania.

Online Mental Health Screenings: A Potential First Step

Several organizations provide brief online screenings for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions. More than one million people took screenings through the Mental Health America site alone in 2016.

Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Linked to Changes in Medication Use Among People with Serious Mental Illness

People with serious mental illness exposed to direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of medications are more likely to stop taking their medications than those not exposed to the advertising, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Effective Messages to Fight Stigma

Despite increasing public awareness and discussion about mental illness and substance use disorders, stigma is still a major barrier to many people seeking treatment. New research has identified communication strategies that are effective in reducing stigma and increasing public support for policies and programs benefitting people with behavioral health conditions.