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Have you ever heard about something related to psychology, but you weren't totally sure what it meant? Our "What Is" series gives you great information that is easy to understand and grounded in the most up-to-date information. Written by top mental health professionals, you'll find answers to your questions here!

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Despite what many people think, trauma is quite common. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—on the other hand— is not. Most people will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime but will not go onto developing PTSD. Immediately following a traumatic event, many people will have symptoms of PTSD.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Despite what many people think, trauma is quite common. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—on the other hand— is not. Most people will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime but...
Anxiety is an emotional and physical state experienced when facing something uncertain or when anticipating a future event will be threatening. Anxiety is a typical experience we all have. While each anxiety disorder has unique criteria required for diagnosis, there are some general, overlapping symptoms of anxiety.

What is Anxiety? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What is Anxiety? There are many different words used to describe the feeling of anxiety…worried, nervous, uneasy, on edge, apprehensive, fearful, scared, tense, panicked, and restless. But what exactly is anxiety?Anxiety is an emotional...
What is insomnia? Insomnia is a problem of insufficient or inadequate sleep, related to the inability to initiate sleep, maintain sleep or both. For many people, insomnia can start as problems falling asleep, and then move into a pattern where the problems with sleep occur throughout the entire night.

What Is… Insomnia? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

For people who sleep well, sleep is effortless. If you ask anyone who is a great sleeper how it is that they developed this amazing habit, they will likely be challenged to give a...
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Originally discovered in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, EMDR was developed to help with the treatment of PTSD. In its continued evolution and with much research around its use, we know now that it can be used to target various traumas...

What Is… EMDR? | Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Even fellow clinicians ask, “what is it that you’re doing in there?!” referring to the use of EMDR therapy. And then I might confuse them further when I tell them that EMDR stands for...
Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are major problems in the US. Learn the signs, symptoms, and treatment for alcoholism and alcohol dependency.

What Is… Alcohol Use Disorder? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Americans love to drink. There are more people in the United States who drink on a regular basis than there are people who do not drink at all, according to the National Survey on...