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Depression Plays a Role in Ability to Overcome Addiction

Can depression play a part in a person’s ability to overcome an addiction? According to this recent Science Daily release, it definitely can. A new study suggests that while depressed smokers want to quit the habit just as much as smokers without a depression problem, depression can actually affect the success the individual can experience …

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Childhood Stress Contributes to Depression

When most people think about stress, they usually think of it in adult terms. Stress from work, relationships, and home may all come into play in the lives of adults. However, there is another side to this problem that many people may not take into consideration: the stress of children. Today, children undergo massive amounts …

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Hypomania and Alcohol Use

Individuals with clinically significant mood disorders such as Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder have long been considered to be at risk for alcohol abuse and dependence. Mood fluctuations such as those found in Bipolar Disorder are tied to substance use in multiple ways. Some with these conditions report substance use to self-medicate negative symptoms. The …

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Why Anti-Depressants Don’t Work for Some

More than half of people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine finds that this is because the cause of depression has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it are aiming at the wrong target. Science Daily reports that a study from the laboratory …

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Exercise and Depression

Doctors, scientists, and personal trainers have long touted the benefits of exercise on a person’s physical health. Regular fitness activity prevents chronic health conditions, helps maintain a healthy weight, increases energy, and much more. But did you know that exercise also benefits your mental health by reducing depression and anxiety? If you are one of …

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Gender Plays a Role in Perception of Depression

Whether you’re a man or a woman, when depression strikes, you may feel lost and confused. Sadly, there is a disconnect between gender and depression perception. In other words, people don’t see depression in women and depression in men the same way. As a result, it may be more difficult for you to get the …

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Anxiety Treatment and COVID-19

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people across the U.S. Experiencing anxiety in this uncertain time, when coronavirus continues to spread around the country, potentially results in worsening anxiety among people with an anxiety disorder. Professionals are also seeing new cases of individuals with anxiety, leading to more people needing individualized anxiety treatment.  You do not …

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Recognizing the Subtle Signs of Depression

The wide variety of symptoms associated with depression often makes it difficult to identify. Unfortunately, it is critical to notice the subtle signs of depression in your loved one. Then, you can help the person get treatment as soon as possible. To learn about your loved one’s treatment options, contact Promises Behavioral Health. Why Is …

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What’s the Difference Between Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2?

What’s the difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2? These two conditions are closely related but have crucial differences between them. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 2.6 % of the U.S. adult population has suffered from bipolar disorder in the past year, and about 3.9 % has it over the course …

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Withdrawal from Antidepressants

If you’re looking to safely withdraw from antidepressants like Paxil, Lexapro, or Prozac, you should never quit “cold turkey.” To safely remove yourself from antidepressants, it is important to slowly wean yourself off of them by using smaller and smaller doses. Summer Beretsky wrote a piece for the World of Psychology blog on PsychCentral.com that …

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