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Recognizing Hidden Symptoms Of Depression in Men

According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 10% to 17% of American men will develop major depression at some point in their lives. But these numbers might not be telling the whole story. Recent research shows that men experience depression differently than women, which can leave them undiagnosed.  The DSM-5, the official manual that doctors … Continued

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obsessive compulsive disorder

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A disorder as misunderstood as it is prevalent, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects about 1.2% of Americans every year. Depicted in TV shows like Monk and Friends as a quirky obsession with tidiness and order, OCD itself is no laughing matter.  Characterized by a cycle of distressing, intrusive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors or … Continued

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What Is Complex PTSD? The Impact of Long-Term Trauma

Until recently, mental health professionals have had just one diagnosis for victims of trauma, regardless of the circumstances or duration. Everything from natural disasters to human trafficking have fallen under the umbrella of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But this mindset is starting to change. A growing number of experts now argue that the impact of … Continued

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Mental Health Disorders

Guide to Mental Health Disorders

If you struggle with mental health issues, you’re not alone. Mental health disorders affect more than 50 million Americans, or about 1 in 5 people. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the help they need. According to the 2019 National survey on Drug Use & Health, just under half of people with mental illness received treatment … Continued

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High Functioning Anxiety

Coping with High-Functioning Anxiety

Of the 40 million Americans who struggle with anxiety, not all will be diagnosed with a medical disorder. In fact, some may not appear to struggle at all. People with “high-functioning anxiety” actually include some of the world’s most successful figures, such as Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Colbert and Kim Kardashian. According to a recent report … Continued

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Is Addiction a Disease? The Science Behind Addictive Behaviors

Why is it so hard to quit using addictive drugs? Science has the answer, and it has nothing to do with willpower. Although once hotly debated, science has confirmed what medical professionals have suspected for years: addiction is a disease. Those who suffer from addiction don’t lack willpower, and they aren’t morally flawed. We now … Continued

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What is “Wet Brain?” Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

What Is “Wet Brain” Syndrome? Wet brain, also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, is a form of cognitive impairment caused by a lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine). It primarily affects people who struggle with long-term alcohol use disorder (AUD). Although most people get enough thiamine through the foods they eat, those who struggle with alcohol often … Continued

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Eating Disorders Linked to Exercise

Eating Disorders and Addictive Behavior: Study Finds a New Link

People with eating disorders are 5 times more likely than the general population to suffer from substance abuse A new study shows that people with eating disorders are 3.7 times more likely to experience exercise addiction Addictive behaviors, particularly exercise, can be difficult to identify and diagnose in people with eating disorders   Eating disorders … Continued

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Depression and Addiction: What’s the Link?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 50% of people who develop an SUD will experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. Likewise, 50% of people who start with a mental health issue will go on to develop a substance abuse disorder. But what’s the link between depression and … Continued

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