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Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse: What’s the Connection?

On their own, psychiatric conditions and alcohol abuse are difficult to treat. The effects are often even harder to manage and treat when someone struggles with both. Research shows that about 45 percent of people with bipolar disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder. Left untreated, people with this combination suffer from…

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Does Experimenting with Drugs Cause Addiction?

There comes the point in many young people’s lives that they consider experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Many people who experiment don’t expect to develop a drug addiction. They assume, “it won’t happen to me.” However, even seemingly harmless experimenting can lead to drug addiction. While experimenting with drugs may seem attractive, it poses several…

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What Are the Signs of PTSD?

As per the American Psychiatric Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 3.5 percent of American adults. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced traumatic events. A person with PTSD may experience disturbing thoughts and feelings that take them back to when they encountered the traumatic event. In severe cases,…

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What to Expect from Psychotherapy

If you are struggling with a mental health disorder, you’ve probably been recommended various forms of individual therapy. From cognitive therapies to group therapies, a broad range of treatments can aid you as you recover from a mental illness. So, what is psychotherapy, you may wonder. Psychotherapy is a popular therapy module that therapists use…

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Depression Can Trigger Your Addiction

Depression is a common and treatable mental health condition that affects millions of Americans annually. Regardless of the large number of people affected, depression remains vastly misunderstood, ignored, and stigmatized. Importantly, depression and addiction are often closely linked, and depression can trigger addiction. Whether your depression is caused by trauma, a substance abuse addiction, or…

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Your New Year’s Resolution: Get Sober

Every year Americans make New Year’s resolutions to live healthier lives, whether by being more compassionate with others, eating better, getting more exercise, or getting sober. The problem with the new year, new me resolutions is that they often start strong, only to fail in the end. Think about all your canceled gym memberships, the…

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How Group Therapy Can Help with Mental Health

While many people struggle with their mental health, living with mental illness can still be an isolating experience. It can feel like nobody understands your experience, and you may long to connect with people who understand your struggles. As isolating as mental illness can be, everyone needs to feel heard and understood. Fortunately, group therapy…

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How to Recover from an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse is often tragically overlooked. It can be difficult to recognize initially since the boundaries can sometimes be less clear than physical or sexual abuse. However, emotional abuse is serious and can have long-lasting emotional effects. Emotional abuse can leave an indelible impact on your psyche and impact your future relationships, friendships, self-esteem, and…

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3 Family Therapy Activities

Family members are usually among the most important figures in our lives, especially early in development. However, this does not always mean that families will be healthy and supportive. As anybody who has grown up in a dysfunctional family environment can tell you, your family environment plays a significant role in your development. Some dysfunctional…