What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition that impacts a person’s beliefs and perceptions around their body image. Those suffering with BDD are overly concerned about what they perceive as flaws in their appearance and/or different parts of…

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Five-year, $3.6 million federal grant to fuel search for biomarker-based methods to evaluate suicide risk. The project is the first longitudinal study of its kind, and is a collaboration between Van Andel Institute’s Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S., and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s John Mann, M.D.

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit…

Tips for Talking to Someone About Self-Harm

Tips for Talking to Someone About Self-Harm
The stigma surrounding self-harm behavior can make it very challenging for those who struggle to seek and find help. Many of the people who self-harm carry great shame regarding their method for managing emotions as a result of the stigma...

Crisis Response Guidelines After a Suicide

Crisis Response Guidelines After a Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW Don't Let Tragedy Lead to Another Tragedy Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. When the death is by suicide, those feeling are magnified. How leaders respond after death by...

The Trap of Self-Harm

The Trap of Self-Harm
“Why would someone choose to cut themselves?!” This is the most common question I get, not just from families but from other therapists. Most of us instinctively try to prevent harm to our bodies, so it seems confusing that someone...

Protecting Teens from Self-Injury

Protecting Teens from Self-Injury
Parents, teachers, and other adults go to great lengths to protect teenagers from harm. Yet, within any group of adolescents, statistics indicate one of every five females and one of every seven males either are currently engaging or have engaged...