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Dual Diagnosis

Health professionals give a dual diagnosis when a patient is found to suffer from a mental health disorder along with substance addiction. When there are co-occurring disorders, each issue needs to be addressed for a full and lasting recovery. Get the facts on other disorders commonly intertwined that may require a dual diagnosis. 

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The Link Between ACE, Insomnia, and Other Mental Ailments

By Rebecca Kovacs

The lasting impacts of ACE’s can range from depression, anxiety and PTSD to cancer and diabetes. Continue Reading

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BDD: How Body Dysmorphic Disorder Triggers Substance Abuse

By Erica Lee

BDD can be so hard to deal with that some people turn to substance abuse as a means to cope with the perpetual negativity marin... Continue Reading

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Opioids and Suicide: Linking America’s 2 Deadliest Epidemics

By Nicole Arzt

For the first time in American history, the chances of dying from an opioid overdose have surpassed the odds of dying in a moto... Continue Reading

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Study Shows Commonly Used Meds May Be Linked To Depression

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Recent research indicates that there is an alarming number of commonly prescribed medications that have been definitively linke... Continue Reading

Unraveling the Complexity of Addiction and Mental Health

Unraveling the Complexity of Addiction and Mental Health

By Dawn Hurley

Research indicates that addiction has a high rate of co-occurrence with mental illnesses. When not treated collectively, each c... Continue Reading

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Alexithymia: The Unsung Culprit of Depression and Addiction

Individuals with Alexithymia have a diminished ability to not only identify their own emotions, but also struggle to define and... Continue Reading

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Hypnotize Me: Hypnotherapy for Depression

By Dr. Carol Anderson

For those who suffer from depression, hypnotherapy is definitely an adjunct methodology that should be explored. Continue Reading

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What to Do After Experiencing Sexual Trauma

By Leia Rivera

Instances that should never occur seem to happen often. Victims of sexual assault know this danger very well. Continue Reading

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Grief vs. Depression: Is There a Difference?

By Dr. Carol Anderson

We need to distinguish mental illness from healthy grief in order to be able to treat both successfully. Continue Reading

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Social Phobia: Inside a Common Mental Disorder

By Elizabeth Seward

The anxiety behind social phobias can lead sufferers into substance use and addiction. Continue Reading

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How AA Principles Saved Me From Suicide

By Patrick Biegler

According to a 2013 CDC report, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with over 40,000 people dying ... Continue Reading

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Behind-the-Scenes of Self-Harm: What People Don’t Know

By Leia Rivera

One writer shares what it was really like to struggle with self-harming habits, why she did it, and how it has affected various... Continue Reading

4 Types of Social Media Posts That Trigger Eating Disorders

By Leia Rivera

Social media has allowed humanity to connect with each other at an unprecedented level. Every great invention, however, has its... Continue Reading

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The Effects of Anorexia on the Body

By Leia Rivera

Due to societal pressurse, anorexia nervosa has become a widespread serious mental condition. Continue Reading

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4 Signs that You Have an Eating Disorder

By Leia Rivera

Eating disorders are particularly difficult due to the vast symptoms that each person can develop individually. Here are a few ... Continue Reading

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