Using substances like alcohol and marijuana is commonplace and relatively accepted in society. Substance abuse occurs, is societally tolerated, but is a problem and a sign there may be other mental health issues co-occurring. In 2014, 20.2 million adults 18 and over struggled with substance use disorder (SUD). If left untreated, substance abuse can escalate into chemical dependency, a potentially dangerous physical condition.
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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. Over 18% of adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety each year, suffering from symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, tension, and chest pains.
The best way to treat anxiety is by visiting your healthcare provider and obtaining an accurate diagnosis so you can begin the correct treatment. However, there are natural cures to anxiety that you can use right now in conjunction with medical treatment that allow you to fight off the side effects of anxiety.
Here are 7 tips on how to treat anxiety naturally.
With April being Stress Awareness Month, there is no better time to discuss stress and strategies to handle it. Health professionals everywhere are joining forces to help bring awareness about the causes and cures of stress to the public.
Stress continues to be a major epidemic for Americans, meaning that it is extremely important to learn the signs of stress and the effects of stress on the body and mind.
Signs of Stress
At some point, everyone experiences stress in their life. Stress manifests differently for every person. However, there are common symptoms and signs of... Continue reading →
College is a time when students experience some of the best moments of their lives. New friends, new city, and new relationships can all create a rich environment for many students. However, the transition isn’t easy for everyone—fortunately, mental health professionals understand this and know how to help.
Negative mental health in college students is difficult to understand because most students don’t notice they are suffering. Classes become more taxing as students progress. Money may not always be flowing.... Continue reading →
Going out to a club in the evening is a long-held tradition for teenagers and young people. Unfortunately, today, part of that clubbing scene also includes the use of club drugs. As a club-goer or a parent of a club-goer, it’s important that you learn as much as possible about these party drugs.
What Are Club Drugs and Who Uses Them
In the 1980s, raves became popular in England and the United States soon followed the fashion. A rave is an electronic dance party that’s usually held in a warehouse, or other large... Continue reading →
Some substances, such as inhalants and cannabis products, don’t actually contain any neurochemical addictive properties – so how do people become addicted to them all the same?
Most are familiar with what physical addiction looks like, but the severity of psychological addiction is often overlooked.
Just because a substance doesn’t contain any physically addictive ingredients or cause physical symptoms of withdrawal doesn’t mean that it can’t be just as addictive—or difficult to resist.
Physical Addiction vs Psychological Addiction
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The stigma around mental health disorders is progressively changing.
For example, these days more people recognize that something like depression isn’t something you can just “snap out of.”
And it’s changing for the better with regard to other mood and personality disorders, too.
People are more likely to seek treatment than ever before, and they’re more likely to discuss their mental and emotional health with friends and family members. Because the conversation surrounding mental health is opening up so much, it’s important that people are well-informed about the symptoms and causes of these... Continue reading →
When people think of substance abuse, they normally think of teens and young adults.
The truth is: addiction can happen to anyone at any age.
In fact, the elderly are perhaps even more vulnerable to substance abuse due to a variety of risk factors and environmental conditions.
As the older community grows in the United States at an unprecedented rate, it's important to understand the signs of addiction in the elderly.
How Common is Substance Abuse in the Elderly?
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Depression in college students is more common than many parents realize and if left untreated, can lead to more serious issues such as drug abuse and even suicidal thoughts. Collegiate life is stressful, there is no doubt about it, but with the added burden of depression, the outcome can be devastating.
Whether you are a college student suffering from depression or the parent of a college student you are concerned about, know that help is out there. The first thing you need to do is recognize the signs and symptoms of college depression and then learn what you can do to get the help you need.
Getting a PhD is no easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and mental focus. But this is not a secret. Before anyone decides to go for their PhD after undergrad, they usually have some idea of the amount of studying, time commitment, and lack of sleep that often go hand in hand with a doctorate degree. What future doctors may not understand, however, is the psychological effects they may experience when working toward their academic heights.
In recent years, studies have drawn a correlation between mental health issues and students in PhD programs. The pressure to succeed, and the consequences if you don’t, can take its toll on any... Continue reading →