There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Solitude can be soothing and gratifying, whereas feeling lonely, whether you’re by yourself or with other people, can be painful and distressing. That’s because loneliness is a state of mind more than a matter of circumstances; it’s a feeling of being isolated or alone or disconnected from others, even when you’re with them.
Certain characteristics make some people more vulnerable than others to addiction. There is a hereditary component, of course, as we know addiction can run in families. But DNA does not necessarily make addiction a foregone conclusion and likely only contributes to about 50% of the risk of developing addiction. Environment and personality characteristics also play roles in addiction, sometimes contributing to a “recipe” of combined factors that make one person more likely than the next to fall victim to substance abuse.
Susan’s doctor prescribed her the opioid-based pain medication hydrocodone to help manage her fibromyalgia flare-ups. She took the medication as needed and found relief each time.
So when Susan’s friend Jess, who had recently had back surgery, complained of back pain that wouldn’t go away with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, Susan offered her one of her pain pills.
“Oh, I couldn’t take one from you.”
“It’s not a bother,” Susan insisted, rising from her chair and walking into the kitchen. “I have plenty for now and I just take them when it gets bad. Trust me, it’ll help.”
Jess accepted the pill and Susan thought nothing more of it.
People start using substances for a variety of reasons, one of the most common being to self-medicate, to numb-out, in order to ease the day’s stress. However, what may begin as a glass or two of wine or a quick hit of marijuana can slip into a full-blown addiction in what may seem like the blink of an eye.
No one is immune to experiencing hardships in life and some may even be forced to deal with significant trauma such as abuse, or surviving a natural disaster. What matters is how we learn to cope with these events that may challenge or stress us out. In addiction recovery, developing and maintaining healthy coping skills is crucial when one can no longer rely on the crutch of drugs or alcohol.
By Gregory Skipper, MD, Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program
Why do we physicians become addicted? And, once addicted, why are we likely to deny a problem exists and unlikely to seek help … until colleagues or the medical board step in? The answers to these questions are important because they are directly related to determining the most effective length of treatment for addicted physicians.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and many celebrities and prominent public figures are using the month as an opportunity to speak out about the mental health issues that affect them. Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), dyslexia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and others will be highlighted and humanized through various national campaigns and activities in May.
One of the most buzz-worthy platforms celebrities are using to discuss mental health in May is the Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids campaign. Following the campaign’s theme of #MyYoungerSelf, stars are telling their younger selves the things they wished they had heard when they were growing up with mental health issues, and struggling with feelings or problems they didn’t understand.
Biofeedback therapy is the general term for a range of techniques that rely on information provided by your own body to help you improve your physical or mental well-being. One of the many methods used to achieve this goal is neurofeedback therapy, which relies on information gathered from a specific part of your brain. A closer look will help clarify the differences between these two categories of therapy.
Anger is instinctive, or at least that’s how it often feels. Someone cuts you off in traffic? Anger. Stub your toe? Anger. Think you’ve been unfairly reprimanded by your boss? Feeling angry is probably not far away.
Serotonin syndrome is a complex disorder with many potential causes and treatments. Serotonin syndrome can be life-threatening, so if you or someone you care about is suffering from any symptoms of serotonin syndrome, talk to your doctor right away.
Most of us experience ups and downs in our sex lives, where things may be good for a while (or with a particular partner) and then not so good (or non-existent) for a while. A harsh reality for people who grapple with mental health conditions is that they are more likely than others to experience sexual problems that impact their sex lives.
Since 1999, the number of deaths from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than quadrupled, and rates are increasing faster among women than among men. Women become addicted to pain medication for the same reasons men do, but there are several factors that explain why the problem is increasing more rapidly among women. Finding a women’s rehabilitation center is essential if you or a loved one is having issues, but understanding the nature of the problem is also vital to getting better and tackling the growing problem.
CBT techniques are among the most popular psychotherapy treatments today. Researchers and mental health professionals have found that CBT techniques are effective at treating a number of mental health disorders, ranging from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Alcohol poisoning, also referred to as alcohol overdose, is a serious problem that kills more than 2,200 people each year. Most of the people who succumb to alcohol poisoning are males between the ages of 35 and 64 years old. Understanding alcohol poisoning and its causes is the best way to protect yourself while drinking.
PCP is perhaps the most widely used term for phencyclidine, an illegal anesthetic known for its ability to produce extremely altered behavior and powerful hallucinations. The drug also has another famous street name: angel dust. Phencyclidine can produce serious harm in both short-term users and long-term users. Let’s take a look at the PCP effects found in each of these categories.