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Physical Effects of Anxiety on Your Body

Most people think of the effects of anxiety as divorced from their body’s physical health. But the truth is physical and mental health are inextricably connected. Changes to your physical health will affect your mental health, and changes to your mental health will affect your physical health. Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, but extended bouts with…

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A Day in the Life in a Residential Mental Health Treatment Center

Taking the step to receive treatment for a mental health issue can seem like a daunting challenge. One of the most common questions for people considering care at a residential mental health treatment center is, “what will day-to-day life look like while in treatment?” At Atlanta Center for Mental Health, each person’s experience will ultimately…

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Understanding How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Can Help You

Many people consider mental illness and drug addiction to be separate issues. However, current research demonstrates the importance of treating these mental health conditions together. People who struggle with substance use disorders may suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses. These may include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. In some cases, a person’s underlying mental health disorders…

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What to Expect in Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mental illness is very common. About 20% of American adults will meet the criteria for a mental illness in any given year, and around half of all adults will experience a period of mental illness in their lifetime. The symptoms of mental illness can vary in severity, and there are many options and levels of…

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What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people who struggle with mental illness also have diagnosable substance abuse issues. When someone has both conditions, it is known as having a dual diagnosis. Often, people with a dual diagnosis are only treated for their substance abuse or addiction. If they do not get help for their mental illness, their symptoms may lead…

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Is There a Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse?

On their own, psychiatric conditions and alcohol abuse are difficult to treat. When someone struggles with both, the effects are often harder to manage and treat. 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 severe…

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The Importance of Women’s Health Month

May is Women’s Health Month. Women face various obstacles that keep them from being as healthy as possible and benefit from a national campaign to focus on their health. Striving for health can mean different things for different women. For some, it might mean a commitment to healthier food and exercise choices. For others, it…

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How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…

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The Importance of Stress Management for Addiction Recovery

Financial issues, relationship problems, stress at work, healthcare issues—life can be full of stress that makes us want to run away and hide. When stressful situations arise, people often look for ways to escape them. We can cope with stress in a variety of ways. Some of the ways are healthy, adaptive, and effective. Other…

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Characteristics to Look for in a Mental Health Rehab Center

For most people, recovering from mental health issues requires commitment, work, and some vulnerability. Finding the right mental health treatment program is important. You need to feel comfortable being open and honest about your symptoms, and you need to trust the staff and the mental health therapies they offer.  There are many levels of care…