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Yes, Addiction Is a Mental Illness

People living with addiction have brain differences that need treatment, but stigma often stands in their way.

Mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD) often occur together. It’s unclear which issue happens first, but each can contribute to the other.


Pain of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental illness known as a mood disorder, so some people think the only effects of depression are on mood. This, however, is not the case. Depression is linked to many physical symptoms including insomnia, lack of energy and loss of interest in sex. Physical pain from depression is also widely recognized with up to half of all people with depression reporting physical pain. In a study of 25,000 patients, 50% of depressed patients reported unexplained, physical symptoms of depression.1


What Is a Xanax Addiction?

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine drug widely prescribed to treat anxiety disorder. Benzodiazepine addiction is a growing concern in the United States, with around 30% of opiate overdose deaths also involving drugs like Xanax.1

Addiction is now classified as a substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Edition 5 (DSM-5). Benzodiazepine use can be apparent if someone appears intoxicated or there is drug-seeking behavior, but the problem can also be well concealed.


How CBT Can Help You Manage Social Anxiety Symptoms

People often confuse social anxiety with shyness or introversion, but social anxiety, also called social phobia, is a mental health condition that often requires professional treatment.

Social anxiety involves extreme and persistent feelings of worry, nervousness, and dread. These feelings show up in social situations, or at the mere thought of social situations.


9 CBT Techniques for Better Mental Health

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a common form of talk therapy. Unlike some other therapies, CBT is typically intended as a short-term treatment, taking anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to see results.


Although the past is certainly relevant, CBT focuses on providing you with tools to solve your current problems. And there a lot of ways to get there with this type of therapy..


Drug Dependence

What is drug dependence?

Drug dependence occurs when you need one or more drugs to function. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) used to distinguish between dependence and abuse. Abuse was considered the mild or early phase of inappropriate drug use that led to dependence. People viewed dependence as a more severe problem than abuse..


What Is a Mental Health Treatment Plan? Why Is it Important?

A mental health treatment plan is a tool used by doctors, counselors/therapists, and clients to shape the focus of mental health therapy. A mental health care plan helps therapists and clients make positive change happen through purpose, focus, and direction.

At a basic level, mental health treatment plans help people manage mental health problems and develop opportunities for change and growth. Simultaneously, they help ensure safety through proper care and treatment; indeed, all aspects of a treatment plan must be sound and part of a mental health counselor's high quality, effective practice. And if you are engaging in mental health counseling as a patient, you should have one in place.



Brain Fog with Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Brain fog with anxiety is a common experience that is often misunderstood. Brain fog is often associated with a slowing down of thinking and processing, while anxiety frequently is the opposite: racing thoughts can make people vigilant, and worries keep people awake, wired, and restless. How is it that anxiety and brain fog can occur together? The answer begins with an understanding of both brain fog and anxiety.



Recognizing Forms of Self-Medication

Self-medication and depression

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It’s associated with feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. When someone is depressed, these symptoms can impact their everyday life. Treating depression is important. It usually involves counseling, medication, or both.


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