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debunk myths about depression
12-12-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

  While the holiday season is known for bringing joy and good tidings, it can also serve as a tidal wave of triggers for those coping with mental illness. At any moment in the United States, approximately 6.7 percent of adults struggle with severe depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Despite […]

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12-08-16 Category: Recovery, Stress

Though it is easy to focus on the stressful parts of the holidays when in recovery, many aspects of this season can be beneficial to the healing process. Family and friends can provide a supportive, loving environment that is conducive to mental health and sobriety. Large social networks have proven helpful to those in recovery. […]

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Alcohol is a staple at many holiday parties. Christmas festivities might seem incomplete without a little eggnog, while it’s common for champagne to be handed out close to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Alcohol abuse is common during the holidays, as is relapse for those in recovery from alcohol addiction. According to the National Institute […]

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12-05-16 Category: Physical Health, Recovery, Weight Loss

Having a healthy relationship with food during the holidays can prevent the risk of relapse in individuals with past substance abuse issues. Many people have disordered relationships with food, which can result in using substances or adopting other maladaptive behaviors in an attempt to lose weight. During the holiday season, engaging in healthy food behaviors […]

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12-01-16 Category: Alcohol Addiction, Stress

The combination of stressful holidays and difficult family members can create a tough mix to swallow. Recovering substance abusers can be prone to relapse in times of emotional difficulty. Experts provided numerous strategies for handling this time of year, such as thinking ahead, prioritizing obligations and other techniques. Peter R. Martin, M.D., a professor of […]

A person in recovery
11-29-16 Category: Addiction, Medicine, Recovery

On June 9, Seth Mnookin wrote an article for STAT that quickly went viral. As someone in recovery for heroin addiction, he described a particularly frightening incident in which kidney stones became lodged in his ureter during a flight from Miami to Boston. After being wheeled from the airplane on a gurney, Mnookin quickly found […]

cognitive impairments in older adults
11-28-16 Category: Cognition

A recent study has found that small changes in an older adult’s social life might be an early warning sign of dementia. The results of this study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, point towards new ways in which clinicians can identify at-risk individuals before their symptoms become too severe. The study The […]

Brain circuits that help people cope with stress
11-28-16 Category: Coping, Research, Stress

Throughout our lives we are repeatedly exposed to different types of stress, from life events and experiences in our relationships, to school, work and home. Over time, adverse experiences and stress can add up, even to the point of having toxic consequences on our overall health and well-being. This buildup of adverse experiences and stress […]

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11-07-16 Category: Mental Health

San Clemente, Calif. — Nov. 4, 2016 — On October 25th, the city of San Clemente filed an amended and baseless complaint against Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, in state court. This filing is nothing more than a shameless retaliation for Sovereign Health filing its own amended complaint against […]

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