Thriving Despite Holiday Blues

Let’s face it. Drinking, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression soar over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. The holidays can be stressful under normal circumstances. With the 2020 triple pandemic (COVID-19, social/racial injustice and mental health), and election fatigue, the risk for holiday blues is even higher. The good news is that during this time…

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The Real Face of Addiction

Drug addiction is no longer confined to certain stereotypes. Research related to America’s twenty-first century opioid epidemic suggests that those suffering could be your neighbor, cousin, or best friend. In fact, addiction to opioids, a leading substance linked to death by drug overdose, is considered an equal opportunity health problem that can afflict people from…

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3 Ways Your PTSD Can Affect Your Child

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition caused by some traumatic event. Although it’s typically associated with combat veterans, it’s actually far more common among civilians. Common causes of PTSD include accidents, assault, robbery, natural disasters, or the unexpected death of a loved one. While it’s normal to experience symptoms for a few weeks…

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4 Ways to Overcome Perfectionism

Perfectionism and substance use often go together. Perfectionists often have unrealistically high expectations for themselves and then are extremely hard on themselves when they don’t meet those expectations. Perfectionists are often harshly self-critical. Their unyielding attitude can lead to anxiety, depression, and addiction. Perfectionism can also make recovery much harder, since as with other things,…

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How a Warm Bath Might Help with Depression

Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year. Common symptoms include persistent sadness, fatigue, lack of motivation, disrupted sleep, body aches, feelings of hopelessness, poor concentration, and thoughts of death or suicide. If you experience several of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see a doctor. Depression is typically treated with a combination…