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Underneath the Narcissism: Shame Is Ugly Face Behind the Mask

Although Eric and Christine had been married 12 years, their lives never felt settled or comfortable. Eric could be incredibly charming and was a man of fantastic charisma; indeed these traits were the very things that had originally attracted Christine and swept her off her feet. But behind closed doors, he could be an entirely …

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Proven Mood Boosters If You’re Over 50 and Feeling Blue

It’s not uncommon for depression to develop (or recur if you have a history) later in life. This can be due to a variety of reasons – both psychological (e.g. suddenly coping with an empty nest) and physiological (e.g. age-related health issues, menopause). Symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe. They may include …

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Treatment-Resistant Depression: When Your Loved One Still Hurts

For some people, receiving the diagnosis of depression is akin to receiving nearly any other diagnosis at the doctor’s office: the doc gives you the news, hands you a prescription, and your job is simply to do as he or she says and get better. In a certain percentage of cases of depression, this is …

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Schizoaffective Disorder Treatments, Recovery Rate

Corrine believes her “downward spiral” occurred initially when, at the age of 18, she began to experience the symptoms of mania. As a new college freshman, she had begun sleeping less and less—in order to spend time socializing, and as a result of cramming for tests. Her need for sleep diminished until she was sleeping …

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Trading Alcoholism for Sugar Addiction: Here’s the Not-So-Sweet Truth

It doesn’t matter if you’ve struggled with alcoholism yourself or if someone close to you has abused it, you understand the challenges of becoming and staying sober. But what happens when another addiction takes the place of drinking? Instead of reaching for beer or vodka, or even a drug, the alcoholic reaches for a box …

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Wets: Angel Dust Making a Comeback

The 1970s saw the rise in the use of PCP (Phencyclidine), or “angel dust,’’ as well as its eventual decline. While the drug provided the desirable high, the paranoia, frightening hallucinations and violent side effects kept it from becoming a mainstream high. Years later, cocaine and crack took over as the drugs of choice among …

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An Interview with Jay Plotkin, Admissions Director

When people prepare for their first day of drug or alcohol rehab, they are usually filled with uncertainty. “What should I bring?” “What will the process be like?” Admissions Director Jay Plotkin answers all of these questions but reassures clients, “All you need is a suitcase of willingness and you’ll be just fine. Give us …

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Excessive Drinking Costs Each American $746

Heavy drinkers cost the U.S. economy about $746 per person for a total of $223.5 billion in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That cost includes healthcare bills, loss of productivity at work, property damage and court fees. The CDC study calls alcohol’s economic toll “substantial” and “striking,” but also “largely …

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