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Self-Medicating for Issues of Mental Health: What Is It and What Are the Dangers?

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What Does Self-Medicating Mean? Self-medicating means abusing drugs or alcohol to manage symptoms of a mental health disorder or other illness. It’s a common form of substance abuse. According to a survey, 77% of Americans have reported self-medicating for a health condition. Read on to learn more about the substances, risk factors, dangers, and treatment […]

The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

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Trauma and addiction are two interconnected issues that can have a profound impact on a person’s life. The experience of trauma, whether it be physical, emotional, or psychological, can lead to a higher risk of developing an addiction. Studies show that individuals who have experienced trauma are more likely to develop a substance use disorder […]

Global Pandemonium: Prioritizing Mental Health During Chaotic Times

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Let’s be clear. There is nothing normal about the times we live in. It has been back-to-back crises for many, with global pandemics, geopolitical conflicts, and at-home mass violence hitting the news on an almost daily basis. And there’s so much pressure to stay constantly connected—to be aware of everything going on, to always have […]

Finding the Best Counselor for Your Teenager: A Comprehensive Guide

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Adolescence marks a pivotal period in an individual’s life, characterized by rapid physical, emotional, and psychological changes. It’s a time of exploration, self-discovery, and growth, but it can also be a period of immense challenges and uncertainty. Teens often grapple with issues such as identity formation, peer pressure, academic stress, family conflicts, and mental health […]

40 Affirmations for Self-Care and Mental Health

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In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget about our most important relationship – the one with ourselves. Self-care isn’t just about treating ourselves better. It’s about caring for our mind, body, and soul. A great way to deepen this self-care is through affirmations. These positive statements can change our mindset, boost self-love, and support […]

Reclaiming Happiness: A Guide to Managing Anxiety and Depression

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Anxiety and depression often co-exist, filling a person with negativity. At some point, these two things affect almost everyone alive, manifesting uniquely in each person. The level of depression and anxiety varies for everyone, but even when they seem to get out of control, there are several ways to manage both. According to a report […]

8 Methods to Overcome Travel Anxiety (Before and During Travel)

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Travel anxiety is a common issue that affects many travelers. The thought of traveling can bring about feelings of stress, fear, and hesitancy. These feelings can arise from various concerns, such as: This article will provide eight methods to help you overcome travel anxiety before and during your trip. 1. Start Early on Your Plan […]

Validating Your Child’s Emotions and the Connection to Mental Health

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In the intricate dance of parenting, one of the most profound gifts we can offer children is a safe relationship container to validate and hold the experience of their emotions. Yet, in a world often driven by productivity and performance, the importance of this simple act can be overlooked. Providing a secure relationship container is […]

Navigating Mental Health Transitions in Later Life

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It is a blessing to make it to the later stages of life. You have a lifetime of experiences behind you. However, this can also make aging quite tricky. Your older years will undoubtedly bring unique challenges, opportunities, and adjustments. One of the most notable transitions is how you may have to navigate mental health. […]

Dream Analysis: An Untapped Tool for Anxiety Relief

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Understanding Dream Interpretation and Its Role in Reducing Anxiety Dream interpretation, often sidelined in contemporary therapeutic practices, presents a straightforward yet profound avenue to combat stress and anxiety. It allows us to delve into our subconscious, uncovering insights that promote emotional clarity and well-being. This guide will illuminate the fundamentals of dream interpretation, its link […]

Adulthood Is a Gift: An Interview with “Sarah’s Scribbles” Cartoonist and Illustrator Sarah Andersen

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Welcome back, Sarah Andersen. We’ve been keeping a close eye on her journey along with millions of her followers since our first interview with her eight years ago. As you can imagine, a lot has happened in Sarah’s world since then. We caught back up with Sarah to hear her perspectives on work, life, and […]

Wishing I had started celebrating Pride long before I did…

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As Pride Month approaches, I reflect back on the first Pride event my family ever attended. It was the most joyous, uplifting, and positive event, and we’ve looked forward to every opportunity to support and be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community ever since. Prior to that year, we hadn’t exposed our children to any […]

The Evolving Role of Peer Support in Mental Health Recovery: A New Perspective on Healing

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When it comes to mental health recovery, there’s something profoundly powerful about connecting with someone who’s been in your shoes and can relate to what you’re going through. This article explores the expanding role of peer support in mental health recovery, an effort led by individuals who themselves have faced mental health challenges. In this […]

Holistic Approaches to Mental Health: Integrative Healing for Emotional Well-being

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In today’s fast-paced world, the need for holistic approaches to mental health has never been more critical. A holistic approach to health looks at an individual as a whole person where mind, body, and spirit are connected and influence each other. Imagine your well-being as a puzzle, where each piece represents a different aspect of […]

How Alcohol Affects The Brain

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Alcohol consumption is a common activity at social gatherings, celebrations, and everyday life for many people. Understanding how alcohol affects the brain is crucial for making informed decisions about consumption. From impairing judgment to impacting memory and motor skills, the effects of alcohol on the brain can be far-reaching and profound. Let’s explore the neuroscience […]

Gen Z Mental Health Epidemic: Can Telehealth Be The Solution?

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“I feel like I am constantly drowning in pressure. School, peers, social media, the future… It’s overwhelming.” The statement is by a high-schooler from Generation Z (aka Gen Z, born between 1997 and 2012). It paints a stark picture of a generation grappling with an unprecedented mental health crisis. It’s not uncommon for Gen Zers […]

It’s Not a Rampaging Hippo, It’s a Towel: The Anxiety/Avoidance Cycle and How to Break It

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I won’t be able to handle it. It’s too risky. Better to be safe than sorry. I had just washed my hands at my sister’s house and was staring at the towel hanging between the sink and the shower. It looked like it might be wet, so I knew someone else had used that towel. […]

Parents of Struggling Teens: Choose Carefully When Selecting a Therapeutic Boot Camp, Boarding School, or Wilderness Program

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June 26th, 2010. I was running on little to no sleep. Suddenly, I was shaken awake, still a little drunk. I was able to focus on my parents. But there was someone else, an older man. My parents were crying. I may have been in shock, but I was not stupid. I had heard of […]

Creating a Safe Space at Home for LGBTQ+ Youth

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Every child deserves to feel safe at home. However, recent attacks on LGBTQ+ teens and young adults may make your kids feel uncomfortable in any space other than their bedroom. This concern is highlighted by recent FBI data, which show a 13.8% increase in attacks based on sexual orientation and a 32.9% jump based on […]

Navigating the Benefits of Ketamine Treatment for Depression

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Depression is a common mental health condition that affects approximately 280 million people around the world. The biggest challenge when it comes to combating depression is that traditional treatments are not always effective. However, there is a new treatment option that offers hope for those living with depression called ketamine treatment. But what is ketamine, […]

The Impact Of Intersectionality On Mental Health

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In recent years, the discourse surrounding mental health has expanded to incorporate the concept of intersectionality, recognizing that individuals’ mental health experiences are shaped by a complex interplay of various identities. Today, we’ll briefly go over the profound impact of intersectionality on mental health and explore ways to break barriers so that mental health services […]

Online Therapy: Why Is it So Popular with Young Adults and How to Pick the Right Counselor?

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Stress, anxiety, despair, low self-esteem, and other mental health difficulties have been significantly more common in young adults over the past ten years, according to studies. During the worldwide  COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 outbreak matters only worsened. Psychologists and counselors were unavailable for in-person sessions due to the pandemic. Studies show that online counseling surged during […]

Behind the Anger: Why You Need to Meet Your Needs Before You Can Calm Down

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We’ve all been irritable, snappish, annoyed, and rageful. Anger is a universal emotion. However, unlike other emotions, such as joy, sadness, disgust, or love, anger often involves a sense of deep shame. We are told not to be angry, to calm down, or to be rational. Anger is seen as an emotion to avoid, suppress, […]

Two is Not Necessarily Better Than One: An Alternative Perspective on Comorbidity and “Behavioral” Health Diagnoses

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Constructing a diagnostic manual for the mental health professions is not a straightforward task. Unlike medical disorders, mental health conditions do not come with biological markers. There is no culture that can be taken, no blood test, no specific bacteria or virus that can be found. In short, while well-trained practitioners most often agree, the […]

Finding the Right Therapist: A Practical Guide To Navigating Outpatient Mental Health Services

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Finding the right outpatient therapist is an essential component of recovery. Well-informed patients who understand where and what help is available tend to have better therapeutic outcomes. Having access to the right tools and resources, including therapy, can aid the recovery of those with mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. It is critical […]

Bridging the Gap: The Role of Therapy in Addressing Teen Mental Health

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Adolescence is marked by rapid development, not just physically but emotionally and mentally. As teens navigate this tumultuous period, many are faced with mental health issues that can have lasting impacts. In this crucial phase of life, therapy is essential, serving as a bridge to more robust mental health, resilience, and well-being. Understanding Teen Mental […]

Why Games Celebrating Cultural Diversity Matter More Than Ever Now

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Gaming has always been a popular pastime, but with the advancement of technology, it’s now one of the most enjoyed activities on the planet. This means that game creators and developers have a platform they can use to promote change, and one way they’re doing this is by creating games that celebrate cultural diversity. These […]

Finding Purpose Living with Treatment-Resistant Mental Health Conditions

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Living with a mental health disorder is hard enough. It can seem like a never-ending pursuit to find the right therapist, medication, and ways to cope. The darkness and distress of conditions such as major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder can leave you feeling helpless, struggling to find anything that works. Having a purpose […]

How to Protect Children from the Negative Influence of Drugs and Alcohol Use on Social Media

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Social media has consumed the lives of millions of children and teens. It has shaped their perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors. According to the Pew Research Center, YouTube is used by 95% of teens in the United States, followed by TikTok (67%), Instagram, and Facebook. As the reach of social media grows, so does the glamorization […]

Beyond the Selfie: A Guide to Authentic Mental Health Advocacy on Social Media

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Social media gives us a wonderful opportunity to share our personal stories. Unfortunately, far too often, people only use it to present the highlight reels of their lives. They edit and filter selfies, snap photos of food, and never go deeper than the surface. There’s a time and place for things like that, and there’s […]

How I Beat Depression with ACT: A Therapist’s Story

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There was a time when getting out of bed felt like lifting a mountain. My mind was a dark room with no doors or windows. That’s how deep my depression was. But here I am, feeling alive and kicking, making over half a million dollars a year. Sounds like a dream, right? But the journey […]

An Extra Loud Mind: The Intersection of Anxiety and ADHD as Co-occurring Disorders

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Living with co-occurring anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can feel like a never-ending uphill climb. Having both conditions contributes to what some describe as an “extra loud” mind, characterized by racing thoughts, worries, and distractions. The intersection of ADHD and anxiety can present in various ways, from struggling with organization and time management to increased […]

Understanding ADHD and Gender: A Comprehensive Study on Gender-Specific Comorbidities and Care

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As a psychotherapist, I have always been fascinated by the intricate psychiatric landscape accompanying attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its occurrence among diverse gender categories, including transgender and non-binary individuals. Frank Vitetta from ADHDtest.ai and I decided to embark on a comprehensive study that delved deep into the intricacies of ADHD, particularly focusing on its prevalence […]

How Love Affects Our Lives and Mental Health

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Love is a simple concept, yet it contains a universe of feelings. It’s a global language that transcends borders, cultures, and time. It’s the glue that binds us together, the force that drives us, and the gift that enriches our lives. It influences our self-worth, motivates us to become better individuals, and teaches us the […]

Navigating Family Dynamics in Mental Health Recovery – A Personal Journey and Professional Perspectives

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The complex relationship between family dynamics and mental health recovery is an area filled with both challenges and transformative potential. My personal and professional journey through this landscape has revealed the profound impact of family relationships on psychological well-being and recovery. This investigation, enriched with insights from recent research and systematic reviews, will explore the […]

Online Help for Depression: A Guide to Treatment and Support

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Did you know that approximately 280 million people worldwide struggle with depression, according to the World Health Organization? Depression is more than just feeling sad sometimes. It’s a mood disorder that can stem from various causes, such as genetic vulnerabilities, faulty mood regulation by the brain, or stressful life events. Depression, also known as a […]

Receiving Gifts: Understanding Your Love Language’s Hidden Message

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In the realm of human relationships, understanding the intricacies of how we express and receive love can be a game-changer. Dr. Gary Chapman’s groundbreaking concept of the Five Love Languages has provided a valuable framework for comprehending these dynamics. In this article, we’ll explore the world of “love languages,” exploring how they can enrich your […]

The Role of Couples Therapy in Addiction Recovery

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Addiction is a widespread problem that not only affects individual users but also seriously damages relationships, especially romantic ones. A crucial component of any treatment approach for addiction may be couples counseling. Couples therapy for alcoholism and other addictions is crucial to heal resentments and work through the distrust that has naturally occurred as part […]

The Importance of Self-Care in Long-Term Addiction Recovery

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Reaching out for help with addiction takes a great deal of courage, and many people focus only on the detox process or the therapy required for recovery. However, self-care in addiction recovery is equally important. During addiction treatment, your care plan will probably include things like group therapy sessions, giving you a chance to relate […]

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

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Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be challenging, impacting various aspects of one’s life. This guide aims to shed light on the complexities of BPD, from understanding the disorder to resources for support and coping strategies. Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: BPD stands for borderline personality disorder. It is a mental health condition characterized by […]

Building Rapport and Overcoming Barriers in Teletherapy: Tips for Therapists and Clients

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Telehealth only became widely used as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when we were mandated to socially distance and quarantine, in-person therapy appointments were out of the question. So, we turned to Zoom and other video conferencing technology to attend our sessions virtually. Fast forward to the present, and virtual consults […]

Managing ADHD When Working from Home

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For many adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the rise in work-from-home culture has been a double-edged sword. On one hand, working from home eliminates the stress of a traditional office environment and provides more flexibility. On the other, it introduces new challenges that can impede focus and productivity, amplifying the difficulties inherent to ADHD. If […]

Identifying 5 Subtle Signs of Self-Sabotage in Your Relationships and How to Break the Pattern

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Self-sabotage is the silent killer of relationships. It can doom our relationships before they even begin by whispering lies about our inadequacy and impossibility of being loved.  Relationships are hard. Even the healthiest relationships suffer from trials, arguments, and setbacks. No one is perfect, so it makes sense that a union of two people is […]

The Role of Social Support in Perinatal Depression: Help for Pregnant Moms

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What is Perinatal Depression? Perinatal depression is a type of depression that can occur anytime during pregnancy and up to one year after delivery. Typical symptoms of depression are a change in mood, loss of interest in daily activities, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and, in some cases, suicidal thoughts. Risk factors that contribute to […]

The Rise of Micro-Therapy for Accessible Mental Health Support

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Psychotherapy has traditionally involved hour-long sessions with a therapist. However, a new trend is emerging – micro-therapy. As the name suggests, micro-therapy consists of much shorter sessions, usually 5-15 minutes. This new form of therapy is gaining popularity due to its efficiency and accessibility. What is Micro-Therapy? Micro-therapy, also known as micro-counseling or micro-coaching, refers […]

The Power of Female-Centered Therapy: Celebrating Women’s Unique Journeys

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Every person’s life path is different, marked by various challenges and triumphs that define each one of us. However, women frequently face distinct challenges that may not be acknowledged fully. Issues such as gender bias, discrimination, and the stress of adhering to societal norms can have a substantial impact on women’s mental health. This makes […]

Physical Wellness Beyond the Gym: Unconventional Paths to Better Mental Health

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When you’re struggling with your mental health, getting yourself up and going to the gym can seem impossible. Whether it’s because you have social anxiety or because you’re just feeling down and unmotivated, it’s understandable that working out is the last thing on your mind. That said, moving your body can do your mind a […]

Winter Wellness: Embrace Online Therapy for Stress-Free Seasonal Serenity

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The holidays have passed, and winter stress is one of the challenges of the season that can make us feel down. With frosty, short days and cloudy weather, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. How you approach these challenges affects how you feel. In this article, we’ll introduce you to winter blues and share some […]

Harnessing the Power of CBT for Effective Relapse Prevention

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing patterns of thinking or behaviors that can lead to problems in your life. CBT is a highly effective evidence-based practice used to treat a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. If you’re struggling to stay sober, CBT might […]

PCOS and Body Image: Embracing These Lifestyle Changes Helped Me Feel Empowered

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I was in my late twenties when I was finally diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) — a hormonal imbalance where the ovaries produce an excess of male hormones. After nearly two decades of irregular, painful periods, chronic inflammation, and rapidly increasing weight, I was equally relieved and overwhelmed to know what was wrong. Years […]

Becoming A Morning Person: A Beneficial Change that Supports Positive Mental Health

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Becoming somewhat of a morning person has been a stunning development in my life. Now, in my forties, early rising is part of a long-term program to sustain positive mental health. In short, I have a purpose and a routine that includes getting an early start on my work. I have coping strategies, but keeping […]

How Small Wins Can Start an Impactful Chain in Your Life

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In the business world, employers are always looking for ways to keep their employees motivated and engaged for a more productive work environment. The most popular technique is the small-wins approach, popularized by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer in their work on progress theory. I was always aware of this concept, having read about it […]

Out of the Clouds: Managing Anxiety-Induced Dissociation in the Age of Social Media Overload

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Every time we open our laptops or phones, we are bombarded with information: the latest crises at home and overseas, falling financial trends, eco-disasters, and the personal lives of hundreds of online friends and strangers. A study done in 2020 found that more than half of U.S. adults get their news through social media. What’s […]

Distinguishing Emotions from Feelings: A Look at Two Essential Parts of the Human Experience

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Emotions and feelings are fundamental aspects of what makes us human. The terms are often used together in everyday conversation. However, psychologists note essential differences between these two phenomena. Understanding this distinction can provide critical insight into the workings of the human mind and pathways for personal growth. Emotions: Involuntary Reactions to Significant Events According […]

Combating Holiday Season Loneliness When You’re in Recovery

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The holiday season, often considered a time of joy and celebration, can be a challenging period for many individuals, especially those navigating the twisting path of addiction recovery. For those who have embarked on the journey to overcome substance use disorders, feelings of loneliness during the holidays can be particularly troubling. The struggle to maintain […]

Seasonal Changes and How They Impact Mental Health: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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If you’ve ever woken up on a dark, rainy day in the fall or winter and instantly felt like pulling the covers back over your head, you’re not alone. Seasonal changes can have a significant impact on your mood and mental health. Many people find themselves experiencing sadness, fatigue, and other symptoms during the colder, […]

The Gut-Brain Connection: How Your Gut Health Affects Your Mental Wellbeing

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An optimally functioning gut has trillions of microbes living harmoniously to provide essential nutrients while protecting the body from potential pathogens. These microbes also communicate with your immune system and the rest of the body through hormonal and neural messengers known as the gut-brain connection axis. Many studies show a connection between gut health and […]

Reclaim Your Mental Health: Twenty Practical Tips To Take You From Broken To Better

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Have you ever felt lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed? When you are in a dark and lonely headspace, you can feel desperate, and the scariest part is not knowing if it will get better. Hope, coupled with dedication, can light the path to a healthier mental state. Mental health recovery involves a process of healing, adaptation, […]

Effective Strategies for Maintaining Sobriety During the Holiday Season

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Navigating the holiday season while in recovery can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Here are effective strategies to help you stay sober during the holidays, allowing you to embrace the joy and connection of this season without sacrificing any of its special qualities. Acknowledge Triggers and Practice Proactive Steps Being mindful of potential triggers, […]

Nurturing Physical and Mental Well-being in Adolescent Boys

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Adolescence can be a challenging time for many boys as they experience the onset of puberty and must navigate new social situations. Many boys feel confused during this time and need extra support. Parents should be available to answer questions and reassure their teenage sons whether they’re on the right path or need a change […]

How Stigma Impacts People with Mental Health Issues

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When people struggle with mental health, it can feel like no one else understands what they’re going through. This lack of understanding can create an isolating feeling that makes their struggles worse. The stigma surrounding mental health can make many afraid of sharing their mental health struggles with friends and family, worried that they might […]

Barriers to Recovery: Shame

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He was the kind of kid who didn’t back down from a confrontation. But this day, as he sat in my office with his head in his hands, he never met my gaze. Instead, he recounted an earlier event when he took medication from a sick relative to get high. He didn’t look at me […]

Navigating the Intersection of Psychology and Psychiatric Care for Mental Well-being

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The United States has a major mental health problem. Not only are there millions of people living with mental health conditions, but a significant portion of them go through life without any form of treatment at all. Many factors contribute to this unfortunate situation. For many years, mental health stigma was a driving force. People […]

Empowering Patients: How Doctors Promote Active Engagement in Mental Health Treatment

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In mental health care, a significant shift is underway—one that places patients at the center of their treatment journey. The change involves a growing emphasis on patient empowerment, where patients are no longer passive recipients of care but active participants in their healing process. At the forefront of this transformation are doctors who recognize their […]

Advancements in Medical Treatments for Mental Health Disorders

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There have been remarkable advancements in medical treatments for mental health disorders in recent years. These breakthroughs offer hope and relief to millions worldwide who grapple with conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The collaboration between pharmaceutical companies, healthcare professionals, and contract research organizations (CROs) has led to significant progress in understanding […]

A Complete Guide to Writing an Effective Relapse Prevention Plan

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If you’re in addiction treatment, most centers will have you develop a  relapse prevention plan at some point. The goal is to avoid relapse entirely, but life happens, and for many people, relapse becomes a stepping stone on the way to permanent sobriety. A relapse is when you drink or use again after a period […]

How Helping Others Helped Me Find My Path Toward Healing

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When I first stepped into my role as a peer support specialist, there were so many thoughts and emotions racing through my mind. I was plagued with questions like, “Why should anyone listen to me?” and “What if I let someone down?” The weight of responsibility felt overwhelming, and the fear of failing those I […]

Holistic Wellness for Kids: Nurturing Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health

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The concept of wellness extends far beyond the mere absence of disease. Genuine wellness is a harmonious integration of physical, emotional, and mental health, empowering individuals to lead a fulfilling, active, meaningful life. When it comes to the health and well-being of our children, fostering a holistic wellness approach is essential for laying the best […]

What Is the Actual Relationship between Mental Illness and Gun Violence? A Look at the Science Behind Mass Shootings

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For years, psychologists, politicians, and policymakers have debated whether or not mental illness causes mass shootings. Due to the high rates of mental health disorders and the increase in mass shootings in the United States, people have begun to assume that the two are inevitably related. Following the occurrence of another tragic mass shooting in […]

Narcissistic Abuse and Codependency: Breaking the Enmeshment Cycle

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Being partnered with an abuser can be as disorienting as it is devastating, creating challenges that are not always immediately apparent. Victims of narcissistic abuse, subjected to varying levels of manipulation and control, often find themselves slipping into patterns of codependency, defined as maintaining a relationship that is one-sided or abusive in nature.[1] Such interactions […]