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Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? A personality disorder consists of patterns of thinking and behaviour that differ from sociocultural norms, which cause impairment and distress. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterised by changing moods, self-image, and behaviour, which has an impact on interpersonal relationships, interests and values, as well as long-term plans. Since BPD is […]

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How psychosocial factors affect the gut: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions

What are Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction? Disorders of gut-brain interaction are characterised by gastrointestinal symptoms associated with any combination of the following: abnormal intestinal contractions, increased sensitivity to pain within the internal organs, altered mucosal and immune function, altered gut microbiota, and altered central nervous system processing. The most common disorders of gut-brain interaction are Irritable

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What is Trauma?

What is Trauma? A traumatic event is one that is deeply stressful and troubling.. If this overpowers a person’s ability to cope, it can result in feelings of powerlessness, a reduced sense of self and numbed emotions. Trauma could be classified in a few ways – “big T”, “little t, “acute”, “chronic”.  “Big T” trauma is

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What is Depression?

What is Major Depressive Disorder? Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), which is also known as clinical depression, is characterised by a state of unhappiness and despondency. Such feelings naturally arise in response to negative situations. However, when they persist and hinder a person’s ability to carry out their daily activities on a regular basis, this may be

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Anyone can be affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) regardless of race, gender, and background. OCD causes recurring unwanted thoughts or sensations known as obsessions. The obsessions are followed by compulsions, which result in the urge to do something repeatedly. These repetitive behaviours, along with the feelings of distress caused by OCD, are

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Grieving a loss

What is Grief? Grief is a natural response to loss. It can be accompanied or compounded by various emotions, such as sadness, loneliness, confusion, and guilt, especially if it is a response to the loss of a close relative or friend through death. However, grief can also arise from many other losses, such as the loss

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