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Asperger Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Pervasive Developmental Disorder) characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests. Those with Asperger Syndrome, or AS, may exhibit a lack of empathy for their peers, clumsiness, and atypical use of language, though none of these symptoms are required for a diagnosis.1

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The pain of coming to terms with having Asperger's is still very real for me right now. There is a tremendous sense of grief. Grief for all that I suffered through to try to be "normal" and grief for how short of "normal" I always have been. There is also great relief to know that I am not crazy and that not everything can be traced back to an abusive past in the sense that some of what I experience is not choice/emotional but neurons/physical. The greatest challenge I face right now is trying to figure out which is which. This is not easy.

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One of the most common side effects of a number of antidepressant medications is loss of sex drive. I could forgive our friends at fine companies such as Eli Lilly, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Pfizer if dry mouth, irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of appetite, sloth, and social phobia were the sole issues related to the medications I take on a daily basis. However, it is the sex thing I find most challenging.

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Sadness

Anhedonia is the technical term for the inability to experience joy. When people are in the depths of depression, nothing touches them, not the most intensely pleasurable activities, not the most familiar comforts. They are emotionally frozen. In this state, people either have to get professional help or simply wait for weeks or months until the depression lifts by itself; nothing is going to make them feel better.

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Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred.

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Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being blue, or feeling low. While the depressed mood is present, evidence is also present which reflects the neurochemical or "brain chemistry" aspects of depression with the depressed individual experiencing poor concentration/attention, loss of energy, accelerated thought/worry, sleep/appetite disturbance, and other physical manifestations. When this diagnosis is present, the individual will exhibit at least five of the following symptoms during the depressive periods:

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If you think you won't be stalked, think again. According to statistics put out by the National Center for Victims of Crime, 1 out of every 12 women will be stalked during her lifetime and 1 out of 45 men will be stalked during his lifetime. Which begs this question: Why would someone stalk another? To be sure, the answer is complicated, however there is a certain type of stalker that we should all be concerned about. What follows is the definition of an Intimacy Stalker, including a few of the motivational reasons behind their behavior as well as a possible personality type:

The Intimacy Stalker

Reasons Why They Stalk

  • Believes the victim is an ideal partner.
  • May believe the victim is in love with them.
  • Believes that the victim is the only person who can satisfy their desires.

Personality Type & Victim Characteristics

  • Isolated and shy.
  • May live alone and lacks other intimate relationship in his/her life.
  • May suffer from a mental disorder, including a narcissistic personality disorder.
  • May stalk complete strangers or those who they have just met socially.

Stalking Behaviors

  • May write inappropriate letters to the victim begging for attention.
  • May make repeated telephone calls to the victim.
  • May send unwanted gifts to the victim.
  • May secretly follow the victim.
  • May break into victim's email account to monitor discussions with others.
  • May become threatening or violent if rejected by the victim.

Steps To Proect Yourself From A Stalker

To begin with, if you feel that you are being stalked, take the situation seriously! Don't ignore the person's behavior and assume that it will go away over time - chances are in won't! Here are a few things that you can do to protect yourself:

  • Consider obtaining a restraining order.
  • File police reports for harassment and save them.
  • Destroy all personal paperwork or buy a shredder. Some stalkers have been known to go through their victim's garbage to secure personal information.
  • Keep a daily diary of harassing behaviors. This may prove useful should you have to go to court.
  • Tell your friends, co-workers and supervisors of your situation so that they are aware of the threat. You may also want to advise human resources.
  • Change your telephone number and get a caller ID Box.

Of course, the points suggested above are not intended to act as a complete list. To find out more about stalking and strategies to deal with it, visit http://www.stalkinghelp.org. Remember that intimacy stalkers seek closeness and attention from their victims. Often when they do not receive what they are looking for, they become angry, hurt and possibly violent. Look for the warning signs and be sure to take threats seriously. You don't have to live in fear.

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