Understanding delusional disorder, false and impossible beliefs

Delusional disorder is a psychosis whereby irrational, false beliefs persist.  Typically these over-the-top thoughts are related to grandiose, jealous, somatic, erotomaniac or persecutory behaviour. An example would be the ongoing belief that one is being followed or surveilled, despite a lack of evidence and no real reason to have the suspicion. Living with delusional disorder […]

Understanding Agoraphobia, a fear of crowds & helplessness in the outdoors

From avoiding crowds to fearing them Fear of overcrowded or confined places, but also vast and open places is known as agoraphobia. An agoraphobe fears the possibility of losing control over a situation, and not being able to escape easily in case of danger. Agoraphobia may only concern certain places (e.g. public spaces, or busy […]

Beyond Pack-Rat: Hoarding Disorder and Diogenes syndrome

By Tina Richardson   Compulsive hoarding, aka Diogenes syndrome, is a pathological anxiety disorder that hampers a person’s general ability to disassociate value from objects. Typically this manifests in an accumulation of unnecessary items over a period of months, or even years. Although this trend remains controllable in a majority of individuals with the disorder, […]

Asperger Syndrome in adults: bring on the technical, not so much the social

Asperger’s syndrome is an inherited developmental neurological disorder of genetic origin. It falls into the category of autism spectrum disorders or autism. Asperger’s syndrome has no intellectual disability or language delay. Asperger Syndrome in adults means an individual’s life plays out in their own world. They are usually isolated from others, so they may seem like strange people […]