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Setting Healthy Family Boundaries in Mental Health Treatment

Many people who have grown up in toxic or dysfunctional families can believe that these behaviors are to be expected, that this is just how families are. This can engender cycles of dysfunction and even abuse in family dynamics, allowing the pain of these experiences to continue for years to come. These dynamics get even…

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Effects of Bipolar Disorder on Family Members

Anyone who has had a loved one diagnosed with a mental illness knows the effects can be far-reaching. Mental illness is far from an isolated struggle, and it can take a dramatic toll on families. Families of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder will have to contend with mood swings ranging from depressive to manic episodes.…

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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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How to Get a Confirmed Depression Diagnosis

Many people live with symptoms of a mental illness. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, and many people require treatment to recover from it. If you think you might benefit from a depression treatment program, the first step might be getting a depression diagnosis. If you or someone you love require treatment…

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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…

a man struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse

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…