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The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Addiction

The environment a child grows up in is not the single determining factor for their overall health and wellbeing as an adult. For example, countless children of alcoholics leave home to become productive adults who never struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. In other words, the child of a banker robber won’t necessarily become a […]




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Project Semicolon Promotes Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Awareness

Suicide, tragically, is all too common. Not only is it a sign that someone’s suffering was so intense they felt it necessary to end their life, but it leaves in its wake a trail of additional victims: friends, family, loved ones, and entire communities. Project Semicolon is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of suicide. […]




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9 Films About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition causing extreme mood swings between emotional highs and lows. It was previously referred to as manic depression because the highs present as either manic or hypomanic and the lows are accompanied with an intense depression. Like most mental illnesses, there’s a negative stigma associated with bipolar disorder. In […]




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Are My Bipolar Symptoms Manic or Hypomanic?

At its most basic, Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition associated with periods of elevated mood, known as mania or hypomania and, on the other end of the spectrum, periods of depression. A complex and difficult condition to deal with, it takes an experienced mental health practitioner to distinguish and diagnose either Bipolar I […]




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Is There a Difference Between Stress and Depression?

Identifying the difference between symptoms of depression and stress can be tricky. There are certain overlaps that might lead a person to think they’re just “stressed out” when, in fact, they’re suffering from depression and vice versa. Knowing the difference between stress and depression will help clear the path toward proper treatment. In broad strokes, […]




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Stress Awareness Month: The Good, The Bad and The Treatable

Living with stress is ubiquitous with being human. Stressors are normal and include everything from too much physical exercise to an imminent work deadline. Successfully meeting that work deadline might land someone a promotion, which is exciting and stressful. Not making the deadline might jeopardize a person’s job, which is scary and stressful. In other […]




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March Is Self-Injury Awareness Month

Self-injury or self-harm is a response to severe emotional distress. Intentional, non-suicidal injuries are a way for a person to mirror psychological pain with physical pain. In some cases, the physical injury has a temporary calming effect and, in others, a self-inflicted wound is a means of “feeling something” to combat emotional numbness. For more […]




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Mental Health and Addiction Coverage in Danger of Repeal and Replace

Change is never easy, but it’s even more complex when there’s a seismic shift in ideology and policy put forth by the federal government. Under the new administration, Republicans are pushing the American Healthcare Act in an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed during the Obama Administration. If the Republican sponsored […]




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The 21st Century Cures Act is a Bipartisan Miracle

Amidst news of the Trump administration transitioning into the White House and constant pundit chatter about a deeply divided country, President Obama signed The 21st Century Cures Act on December 13, 2016. The bipartisan effort is perhaps one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation aimed at finding solutions for addiction and mental health disorders. […]




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MDMA for Treating PTSD – FDA Approves Phase 3 Trials

To be clear, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, known on the street as MDMA, molly, “E” or ecstasy, is an illicit and extremely dangerous “club” drug. Misuse can cause brain damage and even death. Because of its euphoric sensory effects, MDMA is popular on the music festival circuit, though rarely does a year go by without news of another […]




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