The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

Understanding the differences between bipolar disorder and normal ups and downs can help you determine the type of help you or a loved one needs

Bipolar disorder and normal ups and downs are very different. Bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness characterized by extreme highs and lows in mood and energy level. People with bipolar disorder experience periods of extremely high energy and mood (manic), or extremely low energy and mood (depressive). Usually, there is very little time spent in a normal emotional state without the help of medication and psychotherapy. People who experience normal ups and downs in life are the norm rather than the exception. When normal ups and downs turn into something more, it is time to get help. Read more

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Negative self-image and depression are not only linked, but they often overlap

Self-image reflects how you view your abilities, appearance and personality. It is more than just body image or physical appearance, as it is based on what you think about yourself and how you believe others perceive you. Self-image directs much of what we do and think, as the image we create of ourselves includes expectations of how we will feel, react and behave. When people respond in accordance to this self-image, they support it, which means it will even more firmly direct how we act. As a result, self-image and depression are nearly inextricable from one another. Read more

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

If a mental health condition continues untreated the likelihood of developing a problem with substance abuse or addiction significantly increases

Many people are at an increased risk for developing mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia. A family history of mental health conditions is one of the most common risk factors that predisposes certain individuals to develop a mental health condition at some point in their life. Unfortunately, many mental health conditions are not adequately assessed or identified early on in the development stage, which can lead to poorer outcomes in numerous areas of life. People experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition often rely solely on their primary care provider for treatment. Primary care providers are not always equipped to adequately address mental health conditions. Seeking out mental health specialists can be more beneficial in identifying and addressing the issues before they become worse. Read more

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Although many issues can cause depression, poor self-esteem is often directly related to this powerful psychological disease

A healthy self-esteem is critical for emotional wellness, so people who suffer with a negative self-image are more likely to experience depression and other long-term psychological problems. These issues can lead to substance abuse, poor life choices and even suicide. Understand the importance of a positive self-image, and how to repair a negative one, to lead a happy, productive life. Read more

Five Ways that Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Different from Depression

Five Ways that Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Different from Depression

SAD is brought on by a change in the seasons, most commonly in the winter

According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to a change in seasons. Many people confuse SAD with other forms of depression, although the two are different from one another. The following are five ways that SAD is different from depression. Read more

How Does EMDR Work?

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR has helped numerous individuals overcome a traumatic event

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Preprocessing, is a thorough psychotherapy approach that has been researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR consists of a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from several different other treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped many individuals overcome psychological stress including addiction and mental health conditions.  Read more

How to Find a Job In Recovery

How to Find a Job In Recovery

Employment is an important step in building toward the future

Addiction recovery does more than improve physical and mental health. Skills improved during treatment can include stress management, conflict resolution and coping strategies, and recovering addicts have new opportunities to build healthy relationships and restore family bonds. Employment is an important step in building toward the future, and many people in recovery must search for a new job. While some people may have lost their jobs due to substance abuse, others may need to find new employment because the recovery is taking place in a different city or the former workplace was not conducive to the recovery. Regardless, recovering addicts have resources available in their pursuit of new employment. Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Rush to Diagnose ADHD

Why You Shouldn’t Rush to Diagnose ADHD

While many symptoms may point toward an ADHD diagnosis, there may be some hidden issues to look for

Side effects from the drugs taken to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are quite common. Like other conditions, these unwanted side effects can be severe enough to cause individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD to discontinue their treatment.  Read more

6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

Anxiety, depression and stress trigger substance abuse and relapse

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) considers motivation a “key to change” and a dynamic, multidimensional aspect that is influenced by social factors and clinical professionals (“Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment”). SAMHSA’s definition of motivation shows how complex and powerful that aspect of recovery actually is, but finding it can be as simple as taking the following actions:

  • Believe that change is possible – A self-defeating attitude will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Individuals may drop out of treatment, believe they don’t deserve sobriety or think they can never achieve an addiction-free life. However, these beliefs are false, as with the right support anyone can find sobriety, even if she has failed repeatedly in the past. It is never too early or too late to pursue recovery; believing in a drug-free life is the first step toward finding motivation.

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Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Domestic abuse can trigger PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can occur when a person experiences, sees, or learns about a traumatic event. Some people who face an overwhelming trauma are unable to process information and feelings related to that trauma. This causes intense distress that is expressed in a variety of ways. Read more

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