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Is Inpatient Treatment Available for Depression?

Depression is a common but sometimes debilitating condition affecting millions every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 8.4% of adults in the United States, or 21 million people, experienced a major depressive episode in the last year.1 Depression is a serious mood disorder, although treatment can alleviate more serious symptoms. Are you

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Is Social Media Making Us Depressed?

Social media started as a powerful tool to connect us with old classmates and distant relatives. Relationships that were next to impossible to maintain became as easy to keep up with as a few clicks and a couple dozen keystrokes. These interconnected, visual platforms were a far cry from the chain emails of the years

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What Is Cognitive Remediation?

Cognitive impairment is a common symptom of mental illness. Many mental health conditions affect a person’s ability to think clearly or communicate clearly. These difficulties make it difficult to meet daily responsibilities, from work or school to personal relationships and home life. Improving cognitive functioning is a priority for all mental health treatment programs. Providing

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Why Do People Self-Harm?

Self-harm is a difficult topic for many people to understand and discuss. It may not make sense from the outside looking in. But self-harm is a serious, progressive, and potentially fatal struggle for those who struggle with the behavior. Research shows that an estimated 4% of adults and 15% of teenagers in the United States

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What is Passive Suicidal Ideation?

Suicide is death that occurs when someone injures themselves with the intent to die. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 45,000 people every year. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone loses their life to suicide every 11

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CBT vs. Cognitive Therapy: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve considered starting therapy but are overwhelmed by all the different types, you’re not alone. While having various types of therapy helps individuals receive the quality of care they need, it can also be confusing and difficult for people to find the right type of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and cognitive therapy are

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7 Tips to Manage Your Sleep in Mental Health Recovery

Be honest – how many hours of sleep do you get per night? Experts recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Do your regular sleeping habits land you anywhere near that number? Plenty of people believe they get that much sleep but scrolling through your phone while lying in bed

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New Ways to Manage Your Depression in the New Year

The new year feels like a natural time to look back on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one. You can consider what went well, what could have been better, and what adjustments you can make to make this year even better. However, reflecting on the past year can be a bit

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4 Reasons to Seek Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of happiness and good cheer for many people, bringing friends and families together for celebrations throughout the season. Excitement and joy are at an all-time high as people reflect on their gratitude for the past year and look forward with hope for the year ahead. At the same time, the

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How Mental Illness Affects the Whole Family

Although mental health awareness is becoming more common in the United States, that doesn’t make it easier to be someone living with it day-to-day. Conditions like depression, anxiety and/or panic disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia, amongst others make it more difficult to manage daily life. Many people often forget that mental illness affects

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Anxiety Disorders: Affecting Americans By the Millions

Everyone feels nervous or uneasy from time to time. It’s common to experience some restlessness the night before a big presentation at work or to get a bit fidgety on your way to a first date. These feelings of anxiety are a normal reaction to stress and are a natural, expected part of life. They

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Recovery Month: A Time for Celebration and Hope

It’s easy to feel hopeless and defeated when you’ve struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. The addiction cycle keeps many people trapped for months, years, and even decades. One report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that 10% of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point during their life. The

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COVID-19 Sends Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an incredible number of unpredictable circumstances and situations. From increased time spent at home as a result of such factors including job loss, children and young adults being home from school or college, and businesses of all kinds closing, the pandemic created unexpected situations for everyone around the world.

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Minorities & Mental Health Treatment: Recognizing the Gaps

Mental illness knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate. There is no single picture of what mental illness looks like; anyone can experience mental health struggles no matter who they are or where they come from in life. Conditions affect people of all ages, genders, races, economic statuses, backgrounds, and identities. Although mental illness affects

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What is an Emergency Temporary Guardianship?

As a parent or family member, it is difficult to see a loved one become unfit to care for themselves due to a mental illness or substance use disorder. Sometimes, there may be a need for an Emergency Temporary Guardianship (ETG) to protect the individual at risk and help them find proper treatment.  Also known

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Erasing the Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma

Mental illness and substance use disorders often have a social stigma attached which sparks a lack of compassion from others. The stigma surrounding these illnesses can hinder people from seeking treatment. Those suffering often say the humiliation they feel discourages them from getting treatment and makes their difficulties worse.

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Can using Social Media lead to Depression?

Social media is used every day to connect with friends and family, post photos, and tell stories. We spend much of our daily lives in a virtual community full of endless conversation. Social media continues an upward growth trend, as network giants such as Facebook and Instagram are seeing an increase in users. As of

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Tips for Helping Those with Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has continued to lead the effort to reduce the stigma around Mental Illness until we define it as Stigma free. Other mental health foundations are also bringing awareness by focusing on the theme of “Give” in their education efforts: Give your time, your words your presence. By exploring this

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Robin Williams and Depression

All too often it is the tragic loss of a celebrity that brings mental illness to the forefront of our minds. In losing Robin Williams to suicide, the press has been abuzz with words like “suicide,” “depression,” “mental illness,” and “addiction.” What has not been as frequently mentioned is a key component in managing all

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