Anxiety. Depression. Obesity. These are words that we regularly hear in today’s society, but never fully understand. Psychological disorders are increasingly prevalent; 18% of our national population is currently affected (Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2016). But as the number of people who suffer from these mental disorders increases, so does the amount of ambiguity and misconceptions surrounding them.
With the help of the clinical therapists and nutritional dieticians at A New Beginning, we are shedding light on a new mental health issue every week, from substance abuse to anorexia. By researching case-studies on different psychological disorders and receiving a clinical point of view from A New Beginning’s specialized team, we can recognize misconceptions, and share the truth behind some of the most common disorders in modern society. In addition to shedding light on different disorders, I will review popular media and books to find the root of the misconceptions. In today’s world, these disorders are increasingly prevalent, but minimally discussed. This project will provide insight to the general public on the reality of these disorders, helping to reduce the social stigmas and to encourage people to reach out for help.