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How to Talk to a Friend About Their Depression

Watching a friend succumb to depression is heartbreaking. At first, you may even question your assessment of the situation, and you may eventually wonder if you are overreacting. Chances are that you are not overreacting, so, the sooner you talk about the elephant in the room, the better your friend’s chances of recovering become. However, before you break the silence, first understand what defines depression as a...

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking

Getting sober sparks a life transformation. Order replaces chaos. Energy replenishes fatigue. Relationships heal. Learning the value of mental discipline and healthy thinking is integral to this process. To learn more, read on. Positive Thinking: More Than a Mind Game Detoxing from alcohol is the first step in recovery. What builds lasting sobriety, however, is breaking habits of negative thinking. Just as it’s...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran

Whether it involves combat or witnessing other distresses of war, military service will change your life. Being a part of or seeing traumatic events of war can affect someone’s reactions and thinking long after the event itself is over. For instance, people who survive terrifying circumstances can develop a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is important to recognize this problem...

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

When you struggle with substance abuse, you spend a lot of time either hiding it from members of your family, your friends, your boss and possibly the police or local authorities. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about using. You might not realize it, but this takes a toll on your mental health. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your brain. Just like any other disease, your vulnerability to...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Even the most organized and successful people have times when they feel overwhelmed. You may get this feeling regularly or rarely, but when it happens, you feel like you are going to explode. There is too much to do in too short of a time and everyone is counting on you. It may help to know that you are not alone. A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) indicates about 3.7...

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

When you are in recovery, having adequate support can literally be the difference between staying clean or going into relapse. This may sound extreme, but it is the truth. Support is absolutely essential to recovery and in many ways, it is the foundation of recovery. As an alcoholic, you will likely face more challenges and temptations than someone who is addicted to say, heroin or methamphetamine. This is because...

Recognizing Depression in Teens

Many myths surround teen depression. The teen years are tough, but most adolescents and young adults ride out the angst by balancing them with friendships, school, outside activities and hobbies. However, some teenagers face a host of pressures—from changes brought on by puberty to identity questions and social insecurity. The transition can also spark parental conflict as teens assert their independence. With all...

How Stress Management Can Aid Rehab

Stress is often one of the main reasons individuals participate in substance abuse. Obviously the sources of stress do not go away when you become sober, so what can you do instead of turning to the bottle to cope with life’s challenges? According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed today than they did five years ago. Even more shocking is the statistic that stress is the basic...

3 Positive Effects of Healing Human Relationships

Addiction ravages relationships. Although National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research shows that professional treatment boosts chances of achieving sobriety and lowers relapse risk, healing never happens instantaneously. Restoring trust and repairing hearts is a process that takes time—a fact that friends, family members and individuals in early recovery should keep in mind when they feel discouraged or...

Alcoholism’s Common Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders

Mental-health disorders and addiction often go hand in hand. People who suffer from both are said to have co-occurring conditions, also called a Dual Diagnosis. When it comes to getting sober, these individuals face a steep climb; without a doubt, overcoming addiction is more difficult when other complicating factors enter the equation. There is good news, too. Recovery from both conditions is possible. The key is...

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

A positive attitude during and after rehab is an important part of recovery. It can keep you from depression and help you realize that you deserve to lead a happy, drug-free life. Furthermore, it can give you the strength you need to make good choices on a daily basis, and it can constantly strengthen your resolve to remain sober. In other words, to maintain a positive attitude takes determination and regular use of...

Can Alcohol Damage My Memories?

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that the majority of Americans aged 12 and older actively drink alcohol, and nearly a quarter of Americans engaged in binge drinking in the previous month. When alcohol consumption exceeds the body’s ability to absorb it, people experience drunkenness and increase their risk for physical and mental health issues. Among the many issues associated with...

Should I Get a Second Opinion On My Mental Health Diagnosis?

Getting a second opinion on a mental health diagnosis is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Mental health disorders are tough to diagnose. They are ambiguous because they are not detected by a blood test, brain scan or other tangible confirmation. Mental health disorders are diagnosed by symptoms and because of this, there is a great deal of room for error. Individuals may not notice certain...

Can you Be Mentally Addicted to a Substance Without Physical Dependence?

Drug addiction is the result of an emotional and physical dependence on a drug. Some drugs produce greater levels of physical dependence, while others produce emotional dependence only. Opiate drugs, like prescription painkillers, produce both physical dependence on the drug and emotional addiction to the feelings of euphoria the drug produces. No matter the type of habit-forming substance used, there is a potential...

PTSD and Medical Emergencies

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the brain with both psychological and physiological problems. Medical emergencies can cause PTSD, and they can also trigger symptoms of previous traumas. For instance, a Vietnam veteran might experience flashbacks after a car accident 30 years after his battlefield experiences; someone experiencing a heart attack may suffer from symptoms of PTSD long after the medical...

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines your mental health as your state of well-being in which you recognize your own abilities, can work productively, cope with life’s stresses and make a contribution to your community. When you are in a positive mental state, you feel good about yourself, your relationships and your ability to meet challenges that come your way in everyday life. Any number of...

Should I Get a Second Opinion on My Mental Health Diagnosis?

Getting a second opinion on a mental health diagnosis is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Mental health disorders are tough to diagnose; they are ambiguous and cannot be detected by a blood test, brain scan or other objective standard. Because of this problem, mental health disorders are diagnosed by symptoms, which leaves great room for error. In fact, people may not notice certain symptoms or...

What Are Behavioral Health Conditions?

The difference between a behavioral health condition and another mental health disorder may be subtle, but some behavioral health conditions require a unique type of treatment. Behavioral health conditions are mental disorders that affect the way people behave, but these issues can be treated through therapy and sometimes medication. A user’s behavior can improve over time, but usually only with professional care....

How Open Discussion of Mental Health Disorders Can Prevent Addiction

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year. That equals over 61 million people. The NAMI also reports that over nine million people have both a mental health problem and an addiction to drugs. Stigmas Associated with Mental Illness Despite their prevalence in the U.S. and other countries, mental health disorders are stigmatized, stereotyped and...

What Does My Bipolar Diagnosis Mean?

Bipolar disorder is a severe mental disorder that affects daily life, but it is also a problem that can be managed and improved with treatment. Many people that suffer from bipolar disorder avoid treatment for years, usually because they do not recognize that anything is wrong. However, treatment for bipolar disorder can make a major difference in your quality of life. This condition carries a social stigma, but...

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