A woman hangs her head as she tries to fight the 4 lies people with addictions tell themselves

How Psychological Trauma Relates To Depression and Suicide

How Psychological Trauma Relates To Depression and Suicide When trauma, depression, and/or anxiety occur simultaneously, the results can be devastating. What is psychological trauma? Psychological trauma is an injury from a life-threatening or fearful experience that alters one’s perception. This injury causes changes in the brain and can impair cognitive functioning. Psychological trauma can include…


Understanding the Enabling of Addictive Behavior

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease,” explaining that “people with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”   Many addiction professionals regard the loss of control over substance use as an important aspect of the disease. While many people…


Why COVID-19 is Taking a Heavy Toll on the Mental Health of People in States With Large Rural Areas

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of anguish for many Americans. Lockdowns and social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely, increasing stress and anxiety. More than 460,000 Americans have now died from the disease. As we reported previously on this blog, the number of people reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression…