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Winnie the Pooh and Mental Illness – Mental Health Month Reality or Coincidence?

It might not be a mistake that October, just ahead of holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and (gasp!) the New Year, is a month filled with mental health awareness events. Amid all the discussion about psychological wellbeing, it’s a little surprising, though certainly fun, to see social media abuzz with the idea that characters from A.A. […]




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Lexapro and Weed – Are Marijuana and Antidepressants Safe to Mix?

Nearly 13 percent of the people in the United States, aged 12 and older, takes some sort of antidepressant for depression, anxiety or other issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 2018 study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that almost 15 percent of U.S. adults reported smoking […]




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6 Tips for Overcoming the Guilt and Shame of Addiction: Sobriety, Relapse and Recovery

Whether a person is actively living in recovery, has yet to attempt sobriety or has been sober and recently relapsed, battling the disease of addiction comes with a lot of emotional baggage, most notably guilt and shame. When dealing with guilt vs. shame, it’s important to address these feelings head on so they have less […]




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Lagom: The Swedish Philosophy of a Happy Life Balance

Lagom (LAH-gum), which translates to “not too little, not too much – just right,” is the Swedish philosophy of moderation, the key to maintaining a healthy brain and a happy life. While cultivating a happy life balance may sound simple and straightforward, practicing lagom amidst the day-to-day chaos of life is a skill that takes […]




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High Functioning Alcoholic: 10 Signs That Booze is a “Behind-the-Scenes” Problem

The popular stereotype of someone suffering from alcoholism is a person that’s lost everything because of the bottle, his or her job, family, health, home and self-respect. Though there might be a grain of truth in that stereotype, the reality, as always, is more complex. Someone who is a high functioning alcoholic, sometimes called a […]




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Suicide Spike Among Police, Farmers, Military and Teens

The second week in September is National Suicide Awareness Week, an annual awareness event sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and, sadly, the situation is growing more desperate. According to the […]




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GHB Addiction: Once an Anesthetic, Now a Club Drug of Abuse

First developed in the 1960s, GHB – gamma-hydroxybutyrate – has gone through quite an evolution. This central nervous system depressant originally held promise as a fast-acting anesthetic, but physicians quickly abandoned the drug because it has no painkilling properties and a tendency to cause seizures. In the 1980s, GHB reemerged as an over-the-counter fitness supplement […]




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What’s the Most Addictive Drug vs. the Most Dangerous Drug?

Amid the ongoing crisis of addiction in the United States, a popular topic of discussion is “what’s the most addictive drug” and “what’s the most dangerous drug?” Of course, the short answer is the most addictive drug is whatever hooks you and the most dangerous drug is, well, whichever one kills you. This may sound […]




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Unhappiness Solutions for the Happiest Countries in the World Happiness Report

Nordic countries, such as Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and others, routinely rank at the top of the list in the United Nation’s (UN) World Happiness Report, and 2019 was no exception. The six variables used for scoring by the UN in the World Happiness Report that support overall well-being are: Healthy life expectancy Social […]




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7 Myths About Mental Health Debunked

Public awareness surrounding issues of mental health has come a long way in the last 50 years. Organizations like the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) have helped fund research that’s generated knowledge about the biology of mental disorders, which in turn, has lead to advances in diagnoses and treatments. The very nature of mental […]




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