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Self-Destructive Behavior and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that arises as a response to acutely traumatic experiences. Those who live with PTSD have significantly altered mental states as a result of the trauma, which can lead to behaviors such as severe anxiety, intense fear, or hyper-aggression. While these behaviors are sometimes directed outwards,…

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Effects of Negative Thinking

When asked to point to causes for fatigue, mental exhaustion, and prolonged stress, most likely would not think of negative thinking. Yet, there is increasing evidence that people’s thought patterns and behaviors can substantially affect their physical and mental health. Part of countering the harmful symptoms of mental illness is identifying and countering negative thinking,…

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Your Family History and Your Mental Health

Your family history can pose important effects on your mental health, effects that all too often go unacknowledged. As we learn more and more about mental illness, it has become increasingly clear that some mental health disorders could have a genetic component. In addition, a mental illness in a family member can create additional environmental…

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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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Is Inpatient Treatment for Anxiety Right for You?

Living with anxiety can be difficult and overwhelming at times. Though everyone experiences anxiety, those living with anxiety disorders experience it differently. Their anxiety can be debilitating and may last for long periods, incurring dramatic adverse effects on a person’s body. Fortunately, an anxiety treatment program can help. Inpatient anxiety treatment centers provide a safe…

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Mood Swings and Depression

Mood swings describe rapid, often drastic, shifts in temperament. If you are experiencing mood swings, you could be feeling on top of the world and, within the hour, feel despondent and depressed. These changes could potentially be normal, perhaps as a result of hormone changes or stress. In such cases, they will generally fade with…