Mental Health Disorders

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder, characterized by the fear and avoidance of situations where escape may be difficult. A person suffering from this disorder often hates leaving the safety of their own home, as they have a huge fear of going out into open or crowded areas. They may also feel extremely anxious in case they can’t seek help if something terrible happens.

Some of the known fears and anxieties include open spaces, traveling via public transportation, going out of their home, or going into a shopping mall. People with agoraphobia try to avoid certain places or situations that may cause them to be put in danger (in their eyes), or make them feel trapped and helpless.

They find it difficult to feel safe in a crowded area and if they go to public places they must go with a trusted friend to avoid their overwhelming fear of disaster or embarrassment. This is why many people with agoraphobia often choose to never leave their homes. Unfortunately, the more they do stay in their home, the worse their condition can become. Continue reading

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health disorder where a person experiences extreme mood swings, erratic thought patterns, and behaviors. Someone with bipolar disorder commonly swings from feeling up and happy, to low and sad. They go through periods of depression and mania.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

This is a serious disorder that can develop from a combination of genetic and biological factors, as well as circumstantial events.

Just like most mood disorders, there is not one known definite cause of bipolar disorder. However, it is believed that it often results from a combination of genetic predisposition, biological causes brought by brain abnormalities, and traumatic life conditions. People diagnosed with bipolar disorder may fall under one or more of these preconditions. Continue reading