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What It Means to Have A Dual Diagnosis

With the increase in mental illness diagnoses has also come a surge or substance abuse issues. When these two disorders are combined, it’s known as a dual diagnosis. You may have heard this term before, but what does it actually mean?   What Is A Dual Diagnosis? When someone has a dual diagnosis, they are confirmed to have both a mental illness and substance abuse issue. These two disorders frequently

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What is the Best Way to Process Grief?

Grief is a strong emotion caused by a deep sense of loss (this is often, not always, a result of the death of a loved one). Facing such heavy emotions may lead you to wonder what exactly is the best way to process grief.  However, there is no one best or perfect way. It is very personal, and some days will be harder than others. Everything that makes you a

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Effects of Depressants

Depressants are psychoactive drugs  that slow down the activity of the central nervous system, which reduces a person’s alertness and slows down their breathing and heart rate. In other words the individual is in more of a relaxed state. Medical providers tend to prescribe the depressant drugs for situations that include anxiety or sleep concerns.  The most common form of depressants today include the following; alcohol, benzodiazepines (minor tranquilizers), and

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Can Depression Make You Angry?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Gregg Snook, M.A. NCC Good morning all! Recently I was listening to NPR and they did a small segment on anger and its relation to depression. You can listen to it here. It is an interesting look at depression being more than what we typically think; Sad.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The idea of depression can be recalled through figures like Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh, or the little comma from the Zoloft commercials

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What Causes Addiction

Many people wonder what causes addiction. Initially, people believed that addiction was simply a black and white choice. And that people that fell prey to it did so because of moral shortcomings. This is no longer the case. As science has progressed, we have learned that addiction can stem from many things. Currently, people see addiction as a disease. This point of view is controversial, but it is more important

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health plays a vital role in helping people fight addiction. In fact, addiction is a mental health disorder. For this reason, some people choose to address addiction during Mental Health Awareness Month. This event takes place every May. What Is Mental Health Awareness Month? Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) is an event that Mental Health America (MHA) dedicates to raising awareness for mental problems. The goal is to remove

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The Link Between Depression and Drug Abuse

Researchers know that depression and drug abuse often occur at the same time. Once someone has one condition, it fuels the other disorder. This can make getting treatment harder because both conditions need care for the client to actually recover. With dual diagnosis treatment, individuals can take the first step in overcoming their addiction. The Connection Between Depression and Drug Abuse Mood disorders make someone twice as likely to develop

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World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day happens once a year. This year, the event will be on March 30, 2019. Advocates picked that day because it also happens to be the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. While he never received a mental diagnosis, modern therapists believe he probably had bipolar disorder. What Is World Bipolar Day? World Bipolar Day began as a joint initiative of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Asian Network

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Self Injury Awareness Day

Self Injury Awareness Day occurs on March 1, 2019. On this day, people open up about their history of self-harm and work to raise awareness. This annual event is a chance to remove the stigma around this mental illness and spread the word about how prevalent it is. If you’re struggling with both your mental health and addiction, it’s time to seek out a dual diagnosis treatment center. What Is

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