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Sometimes, there are circumstances that interfere with our ability or desire for relationships.  For some, avoidance of relationships may be based on past hurtful exchanges, such as not being properly attended to by parents or bullying.  This avoidance results in lack of practice which restricts development of relationship skills.  For others, there may be structural brain differences that hinder the ability to pick up on social cues or block feelings of pleasure from social exchanges.  But, as long as there is an interest in relationships, skills can be improved.  Observing others and seeking professional assistance are two powerful steps a person can take to increase social skills.

Anxiety - Social Inhibitions 

Knowledge and Information for Psychological Health and Well-being

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Properly treated, mental health disorders can be minimized, and in many cases resolved.  Having an awareness of the issues involved may help with early detection, help you to recognize choices, and help you to access valuable resources  and support, and achieve the most favorable outcome. 

Mental Health Disorders

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Chemical imbalances, misfirings, or structural abnormalities are responsible for many mental health disorders.  Just as we would not withhold medication from someone suffering from epilepsy or diabetes, it is essential that we also recognize that the appropriate treatment of some mental health disorders requires the proper use of medication.  If you suffer from a mental health disorder, seek professional assistance; or if you know someone who does, support him or her to do so.  The brain is a very complex instrument.  Trained professionals can help with the assessment of brain functioning, identify treatment options, and make specific recommendations according to individual needs.

While self-help readings and exercises can be greatly beneficial, those suffering significant emotional distress are best served by mental health professionals who understand the needs and have the skills to provide effective treatment, and who can provide referrals to resources such as support groups, agencies, and other professional service providers.