Mental Health Center

Researchers from Harvard Medical School conducted face-to-face surveys of almost 10,000 adults to learn about how common psychological problems are in the general population, and at what ages they begin. The most common specific problem in adults was major depression, followed by alcohol abuse, specific phobias, and social phobias.

The most common broad class of disorders was anxiety disorders, followed by impulse-control disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Across the board, half of all disorders in adults had started by age 14!

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Dealing with Irrational Fears

Dr. Greene, my 3 and a half year old daughter has an irrational fear of bugs. She never used to be afraid of them. Now she stands and screams and refuses to go wherever there might be bugs. These aren’t bugs that sting. We’ve tried explaining that to her. My husband says I should just force her to face them, that she’ll get over it. My mother says I should just ignore her fears. Is this normal? What should I do?
Teresa – Kentucky

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