PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has been given much attention in the media. This is justified, in the sense that it a disorder probably more commonly present in the general public than in the army veterans or war victims we might think of.
In the DSM-5 Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder) and Excoriation Disorders (Skin Picking Disorder) are included in the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders section. Each of these disorders is present in about 1-2% of the population. They are common in females and share some similarities with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It generally starts before adulthood but can start later.
With the rise of ‘shared rides/space’ economy like Uber and Airbnb, it is tantalizing to speculate if uberising therapy could work. A number of start-ups and established companies have started offering this in different forms. They match clients to therapists online and are always available.
Depression is not a single condition and overall treatment planning should consider whether it is Bipolar or Non-Bipolar (or Unipolar) Depression and whether it is recurrent episodes of major depression as opposed to persistent depressive disorders. Most of the literature in psychological treatments of depression refers to treatment of depressive episodes rather than chronic depression.
Adults with ADHD have different challenges compared to children with ADHD: their difficulty with attention is greater than the problem of hyperactivity.
Narrative Exposure Therapy is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy which is helpful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder across lifespan.