Category Archives: Mental Health

Why Alcohol and Antidepressants Don’t Mix

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If you take antidepressants to treat your depression, you may notice a warning on the medication to avoid or limit alcohol consumption. It’s important that you take this warning seriously and stay away from alcohol. Even if your particular medication does not have a specific interaction with alcohol, drinking while being treated for depression is never a good idea.

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Can Smartphone Monitoring Help People With Dual Diagnosis?

Can Smartphone Monitoring Help People With Dual Diagnosis?

People who receive a dual diagnosis have simultaneous problems with a non-substance-related mental illness and some form of substance abuse or substance addiction. Doctors often have difficulty properly treating affected individuals, and the presence of dual diagnosis can seriously degrade any given person’s short- and long-term well-being. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, a team of American researchers sought to determine if remote monitoring of patients through modern smartphone technology can increase the ease and effectiveness of dual diagnosis treatment.

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What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man?

What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man?

June is Men’s Health Month, meant to call to attention the importance of proactive, preventive and treatment-oriented care for boys and men. But as we emphasize the importance of regular check-ups, good self-care and healthy lifestyle choices, let’s not forget that mental health is likewise crucial to men’s wellbeing. An important part of any man’s emotional wellness is an understanding of his own perspectives about masculinity, as well as how these concepts of manliness fit into his identity.

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Stress: Is It All In Your Head?

Stress: Is It All In Your Head?

“Stress.” This one word can describe anything from the national economy to work conditions to one’s psychological state on any given day, when long commutes, work deadlines and family duties have taken their toll. Stress — much like its relative “addiction” — is a 21st century buzzword. But is stress real, as in an external phenomenon that can be measured, or is it all in our heads?

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Sports Injuries Can Lead to Serious Psychological Trauma

Sports Injuries Can Lead to Serious Psychological Trauma

Many different events can result in psychological trauma, but some are comparatively easy to overlook. Experiences such as domestic violence, child abuse, violent and/or sexual assault and combat service are the kinds of traumatic events that we typically associate with emotional trauma.

Other experiences that can lead to serious psychological distress are easier to discount, either because they are not life-threatening or because they appear to be more commonplace. Sporting injuries are one such experience—they are rarely life-threatening and few professional or even amateur athletes manage to avoid some form of injury over the course of their careers.

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How Many Americans Have Dual Diagnosis?

How Many Americans Have Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the term addiction and mental health experts reserve for the identification of overlapping cases of mental illness and substance use disorder (substance abuse/substance addiction). People affected by such overlapping problems typically encounter much greater difficulties during treatment and recovery than people who only have a non-substance-related mental illness or who only have a diagnosable problem with drugs and/or alcohol.

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Reducing Holiday Havoc

Reducing Holiday Havoc

As soon as Halloween candy and costumes disappear from stores, they’re replaced by red, green, and gold displays heralding the coming of Christmas (and, at equal-opportunity retailers, blue and white for Hanukkah and black, green, and red for Kwanzaa). These decorations often evoke one of two feelings: child-like excitement or stomach-twisting dread.

To turn the latter into the former, think about what winter holidays meant to you in your youth and what they mean to you now. Your memories might contain both nostalgia and old wounds. Perhaps your gatherings resemble those in the alt-country Robert Earl Keen song “Merry Christmas from the Family,” in which the opening line is, “Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk at our Christmas party.” If your experience is similar, you can choose how to integrate those memories into who you are today. Continue reading

Study Identifies Bipolar Disorder Risk Factors

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Mental disorders often surface during adolescence. While the reasons are not entirely clear, experts suspect that rapid brain development may be the cause. Prevention and early intervention are keys to successful treatment. Therefore, identifying childhood risk factors can allow physicians to screen for mental health problems before they become difficult to treat.

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