Anxiety

5 Anxiety Relief Methods to Try

Hey Optimist Minds! Have you been struggling with your anxiety for a while? Does it diminish your ability to function? According to large population-based surveys, up to 33.7% of the population are affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. The prevalence of anxiety-related problems...

Personality disorder

5 Signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Hey Optimist Minds! Have you ever heard someone use the term, “OCD” to describe obsessively repetitive behaviour? For example, a person might feel compelled to keep wiping surfaces whenever they notice dust or stains. Another example is if the individual prefers to arrange and organise...

Schizophrenia

5 Signs of Schizophrenia

Hey Optimist Minds! Are you curious about schizophrenia? Maybe you’ve heard the term being used but aren’t sure what that implies. Or, perhaps, you’re wondering whether you or someone you know have developed schizophrenia. It is a psychiatric disorder characterised by thoughts or experiences that...

Personality disorder

7 Ways to Cope with Narcissistic Rage

Hey Optimist Minds! If you’ve ever dealt with a narcissist, you must be familiar with their frequent anger outburst. People with narcissistic tendencies can get furious very quickly. It doesn’t take much for them to get agitated and become aggressive. Often, this aggression is so...

Personality disorder

5 Signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Hey Optimist Minds, have you ever heard someone call a person a “narcissist”? This term is often used to describe people who are self-absorbed, arrogant, and mean to others. If you know someone unable to have a fully functional life because of these characteristics, they...

Depression

7 Signs You Are Depressed Without Knowing

Hey Optimist Minds! Have you recently started feeling sad, irritated, or helpless frequently? Or, perhaps you’ve noticed an increase in negative thoughts in your mind? Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how...

phobias

7 Types of Childhood Abuse

Hey Optimist Minds! According to the World Health Organisation, nearly 3 in 4 children, or 300 million children, regularly suffer from some kind of child abuse. Even in developed nations like the USA, the statistics for the prevalence of childhood abuse paint a grim picture....

Personality disorder

9 Ways You’re Becoming Toxic

Hey Optimist Minds! The word “toxic” is traditionally used to describe something that’s poisonous or harmful to life. When used as an adjective for people, it refers to anyone whose behavior adds negativity and upset to your life.  A person can be toxic for you...

Personality disorder

15 Problems Only Highly Sensitive People Get

Hey Optimist Minds! A highly sensitive person, also known as HSP, experiences the world differently than others. Due to a biological difference that they’re born with, HSPs are more sentient and process sensory information deeply.  Consequently, they tend to be creative and insightful but they...

Depression

9 Unconscious Actions You Take When You’re Depressed

Hey Optimist Minds! Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a highly prevalent and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.  It can cause long-lasting and severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss...

phobias

11 Signs of Unhealed Trauma

Hey Optimist Minds! Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Experiencing something like that can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won't go...

phobias

11 Signs of Childhood Trauma

Hey Optimist Minds! Childhood trauma is an event or a series of events experienced by a child that threatens their life or bodily integrity. This can include violence, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, and physical and sexual abuse.  In some cases, even emotional abuse can...