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Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse

Social media is big for teens. It’s a major way in which they interact with each other, and it can be positive. There are many downsides to social media use too, as many parents know, and substance abuse and mental health issues are two very important ones. Social media use can become obsessive in some …

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Dangerous Prescription Medication: Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

If you’re trying to figure out if the medication you’re taking is dangerous, doing some research is a good idea. There are dangerous prescription medication options out there, especially if you’re taking something that wasn’t prescribed for you or you’re taking a dosage that’s more than your doctor recommended. However, you don’t have to live …

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Signs Of Codependency

Substance abuse is a big problem for many people in the United States. People with this disorder are often in unhealthy relationships, including that of a codependent one. Knowing and understanding the signs of codependency will help you if you’re in this type of situation. Although it may be difficult to see a way forward, …

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What is Psychotherapy?

Although addiction, alcoholism, and substance abuse disorders are chronic, recovery is possible thanks to treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy. But what is psychotherapy, and how is it used during treatment? If you’re struggling with a substance abuse disorder, alcoholism, or addiction, you’re not alone. Each year, more than 14 million …

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Teen Drinking Linked to Behavioral Problems

Teens who drink heavily are more likely than their peers to have behavioral and attention problems and suffer from anxiety and depression, new research finds. Science Daily reports that a team led by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology based their research on a study of nearly 9,000 Norwegian teenagers aged 13-19 …

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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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Stages of Addiction Recovery

When you’re suffering from alcoholism, addiction, or a substance abuse disorder, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and alone. However, addiction is relatively common. In fact, 1 out of 7 Americans will eventually develop a substance abuse disorder in their lifetime, while another 10% of Americans are in one of the stages of addiction recovery. …

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What Is C-PTSD? Causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are a person who has experienced repetitive, long-term captivity or abuse, you can develop a disorder known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD. The causes of complex post-traumatic stress disorder are usually a series of traumas that occur over a long period of time, rather than by a single traumatic event. Being …

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How to Help a Loved One Suffering From Post-Acute Withdrawal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal? After a prolonged period of substance abuse, a drug user who enters recovery will go through three main phases: detox, acute withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal. During the detox period, it is important that the patient be supervised by trained medical professionals as some drugs can cause life-threatening conditions during the …

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