Self-Centeredness–a Characteristic of Addiction and Other Disorders

Self-Centeredness--a Characteristic of Addiction and Other Disorders Self-centeredness has long been said to be a characteristic of people who have addictions. And, people with addictions often acknowledge that in their recovery stories. Speakers in 12 Step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) frequently tell stories of their own self-centeredness in active [...]

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Cannabis, Mental Illness and Contributing Factors

Cannabis, Mental Illness and Contributing Factors Cannabis, mental illness and all contributing factors are not nailed down yet. We have a lot to learn. Legalizing weed is going to give scientists who study addictions a lot of research material, but what do we know right now? At the moment, we believe that smoking cannabis alone [...]

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Psychiatric Symptoms Related to Substance Use

Psychiatric Symptoms Related to Substance Use Psychiatric symptoms caused by substance use cover a wide range of cause and type. Because substances are toxic, the brain is affected by the toxicity in varying degrees. Also, various substances have different levels of toxicity. Additionally, toxicity can be determined by the amount of substance typically use and [...]

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Overcoming Stigma of Mental Health Problems

Overcoming Stigma--Mental Health Problems Overcoming stigma is a major concern for people who have mental health problems and/or an addiction. There is a great deal of misinformation in our culture about these conditions, and many of us who have them also believe negative things about the people that have them. The tendency is to attribute [...]

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Bipolar Disorder and Related Issues in Addiction Recovery

Bipolar Disorder and Related Issues in Addiction Recovery Bipolar Disorder is a common co-existing mental health problem among people with substance problems. It is generally thought that people with this condition tend to attempt self-medication when they are not properly treated. The American Psychiatric Association lists Bipolar Disorder as a category of illnesses that includes: [...]

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Curious about OCD? Here are Some Facts

Curious about OCD? Here are Some Facts Curious about OCD? Are you like most of us and use the term 'OCD' in even casual conversation? We tend to say someone has the disorder if they are neat--like to clean or like to keep a neat appearance. We even tend to think that it's a good [...]

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Curious about ADHD? Here are Some Facts

Curious about ADHD? Here are Some Facts Curious about ADHD? Have you ever wondered if you have it? Here is some information to help you better understand the diagnosis and condition. An Attention and a Behavioral Problem ADHD, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that typically starts in childhood and persists throughout life. It [...]

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Meditation for Excessive Worry–Coping with Anxiety

Meditation for Excessive Worry--Coping with Anxiety Meditation for excessive worry is a very beneficial tool if you live with problematic anxiety. Excessive worry is one of the hallmark characteristics of anxiety. It is the mental fuel for other symptoms that can cause anxiety to be so painful and debilitating. The thoughts we think about threat, [...]

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Celebrities Speaking about Their Mental Illnesses

Celebrities Speaking about Their Mental Illnesses Celebrities speaking about their mental illnesses serve as very useful role models for those of us who also struggle with mental health issues. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation, shame, stigma and negative stereotyping about mental health problems. Hearing anyone else share about their experiences can significantly lighten [...]

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Major Depressive Episodes–the Symptoms and Diagnosis

Major Depressive Episodes--the Symptoms and Diagnosis Major depressive episodes can range in severity from mild and moderate to severe. They can cause disruptions and distress in several life areas such as self-care, home, work, academics, relationships, community involvement, and leisure and recreational pursuits, for example. Depressive episodes are typically characterized by: low mood sadness bouts [...]

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