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Can Major Depression Contribute to Pain Symptoms?

Pain is a complicated thing as symptoms cannot always be fully attributed to an organic origin for those suffering from depression. Dirk Frieser, psychologist at the Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, notes in a recent Science Daily report that women are more frequently affected by depression and by the so-called somatoform pain …

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Manic Depression vs. Bipolar Disorder

You’ve probably heard the terms “bipolar disorder” and “manic depression.” However, until you or a loved one are diagnosed, you might not fully understand the differences between manic depression vs. bipolar disorder. If you’re concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, a mental health treatment center can provide the necessary resources.   …

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What Is Chronic Depression?

What is chronic depression? In short, it’s one of the most severe types of depression. Chronic depression is a long-term health issue. Without support from an inpatient depression treatment center, chronic depression will continue to strip away a person’s quality of life and can tragically end in suicide.  Promises Behavioral Health has mental and behavioral …

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Suffering Silently: Using Self-Injury as a Coping Mechanism

OCD and self-harm often go hand in hand, as people may have obsessive thoughts that lead to behaviors like cutting or burning. People with OCD may also feel shame or guilt about their intrusive thoughts, leading to self-harm as a way of punishing themselves. Unfortunately, this can create a negative cycle of distress and may …

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Irritable Depression: When Sadness Feels Like Anger

Typically when you think of depression, you think of the classic symptoms: sadness, low energy, insomnia, and appetite changes. Sometimes, however, depression presents with a slightly different constellation of symptoms, especially in children and young adults. In fact, in children, sadness might not even be present, and irritability alone can lead to a diagnosis of …

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Myths About Mental Illness

Mental illness is a complex topic, and misinformation can interfere with understanding the issue. Myths about mental illness may exacerbate stigma and shame people, which may worsen symptoms and get in the way of receiving proper care. Knowing how to separate fact and fiction is crucial for finding the appropriate treatment and living a higher …

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Situational Depression vs. Clinical Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people all over the world. There are several different types, including situational and clinical depression. In terms of situational vs. clinical depression, there are similarities and differences between the two. Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to long-term recovery. At Promises Behavioral Health, we …

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Depression and Weight Gain

Depression can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Not only does this mental health condition cause distress and difficulty functioning, but it may also lead to weight gain. Studies suggest a strong relationship between depression and weight gain, as those suffering from depression have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. It’s …

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The Link Between Teen Depression and Substance Abuse

If your teen is showing signs of depression and addiction, taking action is essential. Research shows that teens with depression are more likely to struggle with substance abuse. Substance abuse can lead to a range of adverse outcomes for your teen, including decreased academic performance, increased risk-taking behaviors, and even physical health issues. Call 844.875.5609

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6 Reasons Men Keep Their Depression a Secret

In U.S. culture and around the world, men are taught to hide real feelings and suppress emotions deep down inside, which is one of the major reasons depression in men is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Men are less likely than women to ask for help when it comes to depression. Many don’t even realize there’s a …

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