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Month: February 2017

5 Self-Care Habits for Family Members of Addicts

There are more than 23 million Americans struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, and millions more with compulsive behaviors such as gambling, gaming and sex addiction. Struggling along with them are the millions of people who love them. Partners, parents, children, close relatives and friends deal every day with the same problem as the addict, …

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severe mental health condition marked by symptoms such as highly unstable moods and lack of a consistent or stable self-image. People affected by the condition also frequently have additional serious mental health challenges. One of the forms of psychotherapy commonly used to help individuals with BPD is dialectical behavior …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

As a strategy for transcendence rather than coping, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an intriguing option for many people suffering from mental health disorders. Therapists who specialize in ACT believe we all have the potential to live a full and rich life, and that our encounters with depression, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic …

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of an Alcohol Overdose in Teens?

An alcohol overdose (i.e., alcohol poisoning) occurs when you consume alcohol at a rate fast enough to severely suppress normal activity in the body’s central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Every year, tens of thousands of teenagers throughout America expose themselves to an overdose risk by participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking. …

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Triggers and Effects of Anxiety During Detox

After prolonged alcohol use, anxiety can exacerbate unpleasant alcohol detoxification symptoms. While some people turn to alcohol for help with pre-existing anxiety problems, other people develop anxiety disorders due to alcohol use and abuse. Learn how to recognize anxiety, identify anxiety triggers and manage anxiety during the difficult detox period. Recognizing Anxiety Anxiety presents differently …

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Why Xanax Abuse Is on the Rise

Recent reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) show that there has been an increase in Xanax abuse in recent years. There are a number of reasons this is happening. Here’s what to look out for. Xanax Abuse From 2005 to 2011, the number of emergency …

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Warning Signs of Alcoholic Neuropathy

Alcoholic neuropathy is the name commonly used to describe alcohol-related nerve damage. The condition appears to arise from two partially connected causes: poisoning of nerve tissue caused by excessive alcohol levels and the chronic poor nutrition often found in people affected by alcoholism. Alcohol nerve damage typically occurs gradually over time and presents clear warning …

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Stress Management Techniques for OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors. Many stress management techniques can help reduce anxiety and thus reduce the suffering OCD causes. While medications and psychotherapy also play an important role in managing OCD, stress management techniques can help you get through particularly difficult situations and …

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