The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

Feeling the need to be in control all of the time can create a high level of stress. For those who are overwhelmed by the urge to control everyone and everything in life, depression and addiction can be right around the corner. No one person can dictate and control each of life’s events, and needing to do so can actually be a sign of fear or a negative self-image. When a person releases the need to control and learns to take life as it comes, his or her stress level is greatly reduced. It may seem like the opposite will happen, but learning...

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How to Accept Good with the Bad

How to Accept Good with the Bad

When someone struggles with substance abuse, she often struggles to see life through any other lens but how addiction is impacting her life, so changing negative thought patterns into positive ones is a part of the rehab process. Treatment starts you or a loved one on the path to a drug-free life, but maintaining a positive outlook can be difficult during the early days of recovery. You may find it difficult to accept good times if you remember that struggles will still come, but a positive reaction to problems will always make it easier to...

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Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

The Mayo Clinic defines depression as a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in everyday activities.[i] Depression affects every aspect of your life, including how you think, feel and respond to situations on a daily basis. Depression is different from just having the blues, and is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression, or major depressive disorder, requires both medication and psychotherapy for successful treatment. But the medications associated with treatment for depression are...

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The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

Depression is a serious mental illness that can debilitate patients if it is not properly treated. However, as with most illnesses, having the right support in place when dealing with depression can increase the likelihood of recovery. Understand what depression is and how it can affect the mind, body and daily life of those who struggle to help yourself or a loved one find the recovery you crave. Depression Explained According to the National Institute of Mental Health[i], medication, psychotherapies and other counseling and therapeutic...

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Why a Hypomanic Episode Doesn’t Actually Help You Function

Why a Hypomanic Episode Doesn’t Actually Help You Function

People who struggle with substance abuse often have undiagnosed and untreated/undertreated forms of mental illness. If doctors and therapists discover someone’s mental illness, its symptoms and how it is related to addiction, then they can better treat these co-occurring conditions. One common disorder, Bipolar II, is often the culprit to why a drug or alcohol addiction formed, and hypomania is part of this mental disorder. When someone has a hypomanic episode, it may seem helpful, because she appears to be functioning at a higher level than...

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

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

Getting a second opinion when it comes to a mental health diagnosis is important, especially if you or a loved one is uncertain about your treatment plan. The proper diagnosis and treatment for your mental health condition can mean the difference between living a normal life and enduring one that is full of mental health ups and downs. You must feel comfortable with both your treatment plan and your mental health care providers in order to move forward. Getting additional opinions can confirm what you have been told or signal that more work...

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