Archive for October 2018

What Gifts Can You Give To Your Loved One in Recovery This Holiday?

What Gifts Can You Give To Your Loved One in Recovery This Holiday?

With the holidays approaching, gifts are a way to show your loved ones that you care about them. If you have a friend or family member in mental illness or addiction recovery, you may feel stumped as to what you should give them. For many on the outside looking in, it’s hard to tell what […]

5 Sub-Types of Dissociation You Likely Haven’t Heard of Before

5 Sub-Types of Dissociation You Likely Haven’t Heard of Before

One woman described her experience with dissociation on The Mighty. Here is an excerpt from her story: “I don’t look any different than anyone else. Yet, a shell has formed between me and you…I am closed in and safe, but it’s lonely and disconnected…Inside, my thoughts get bigger, louder and make less sense…. I feel scared […]

How Important is My Workplace When It Comes to My Mental Health?

How Important is My Workplace When It Comes to My Mental Health?

Writer Annie Dillard once stated, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” According to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, the average person will spend 90,000 hours of work over the period of their lifetime. With this much time at work taking place, it’s crucial to work in a place that is […]

The Interplay Between Action and Confidence in OCD

The Interplay Between Action and Confidence in OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people around the world and is characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (rituals). For many with this disorder, compulsions such as cleaning, hoarding, repeatedly checking, counting, and other repetitive behaviors are distressing and can greatly interfere with daily life. Those with OCD typically cannot control their thoughts, […]

What Type of Motivational Intervention Should Be Used for Cocaine Addiction?

What Type of Motivational Intervention Should Be Used for Cocaine Addiction?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the majority of individuals in recovery from cocaine addiction are likely to use several other drugs in addiction, which can make this particular type of addiction difficult to treat. Addiction in general is a complex disease, and can affect many aspects of life. A number of […]

Warning: Self-Medication Is Very Dangerous for Your Physical and Mental Health

Warning: Self-Medication Is Very Dangerous for Your Physical and Mental Health

Consider the following scenario. You’ve had a long day at work. You come home very stressed and tense – you have been struggling with depression and anxiety for several months now and when you get home, you feel so upset you can barely have a conversation with your significant other. You sit down while watching […]

What Are Some Healthy Coping Strategies for OCD?

What Are Some Healthy Coping Strategies for OCD?

If you’ve ever experienced recurring thoughts that bring you anxiety or discomfort, you’ve likely experienced some of the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again, and those thoughts are truly out of our control. Many people with obsessions have OCD about contamination, making things […]

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Holistic Approach

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Holistic Approach

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice derived in India; as a major practice now in the United States, the Yoga in America study found that 20.4 million Americans are practicing yoga each year! Yoga involves a variety of positions and breathing techniques to help soothe the mind and body. Yoga has been shown […]