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How Prevalent is Misdiagnosis?

How Prevalent is Misdiagnosis?

The following is an excerpt from a person’s story, shared on The Mighty: “I really couldn’t comprehend this new diagnosis…Reading different articles and books, I realized I couldn’t identify with this diagnosis. It didn’t sit well with me at all, and I felt frequently upset at being misunderstood by the professionals.” In reading this, how well […]

Could Your Life Stress Be Triggering Anxiety and Depression? Here’s How to Tell

Could Your Life Stress Be Triggering Anxiety and Depression? Here’s How to Tell

Life will always have those temporary moments of uphill battle – the deadline at work that suddenly seems to appear out of nowhere, the unexpected expense, the friend or family member that seems to drain us from time to time – it’s all there. While we can expect these things, there are some stressors that […]

Your Ultimate Guide to Genetics and Bipolar Disorder

Your Ultimate Guide to Genetics and Bipolar Disorder

One person shared their story of living with bipolar disorder on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) main website. Here is an excerpt from their story: “I got home and couldn’t sleep or sit still at all. The anxiety multiplied. I couldn’t even sit and watch TV…For most of the time, I was in isolation. […]

Abstinence and Restoration After Alcoholism: Mixed Research Results

Abstinence and Restoration After Alcoholism: Mixed Research Results

Substances like alcohol can have significant effects on the brain and body, and much of a person’s restoration in recovery depends on specific components of their addiction, such as: Type of substance used Length of the addiction Dose amount and frequency Individual health and medical history For many, abstinence is a huge part of addiction […]

When Do Symptoms of Mental Illness Typically Arise?

When Do Symptoms of Mental Illness Typically Arise?

Mental illnesses can affect us at any age, and may be brought on by a variety of factors: genetics, personality, environmental cues, substance abuse, and more. While anyone at any age can experience mental illness, there are certain periods of our lives that we may notice warning signs more prominently than other times. A 2017 […]

Your Ultimate Guide to Cyclothymia

Your Ultimate Guide to Cyclothymia

One person shared their experience with bipolar disorder on The Mighty, a site where mental health information is presented and people from local communities can share their stories. Here is an excerpt from what she said: “…Imagine living in a world where you lack stability: One week you are feeling high as a kite, and then […]

What is Dialectical Thinking?

What is Dialectical Thinking?

Take a quick moment to assess your current thinking patterns. When an issue arises or you feel stressed/irritated/anxious, where do your thoughts go? Do you find yourself using the terms “always” or “never”? In recovery, especially during challenging times, it’s easy to think that we will “never make it through” or that we will “always” […]

How is Stigma Affecting Those with Addiction?

How is Stigma Affecting Those with Addiction?

Stigma is defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” Stigma in and of itself is incredibly damaging, as society perpetuates and then suffers from it. Stigma produces hatred, disgust, bullying, and more, affecting millions of people around the world. Media has an enormous impact with this, because music, […]

Researchers Find that Psychedelic Drugs Could Change Your Brain, For The Better

Researchers Find that Psychedelic Drugs Could Change Your Brain, For The Better

LSD, Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), Peyote, DMT, and Ayahuasca are all considered psychedelic drugs – hallucinogens that produce mind-altering effects. Psychedelic drugs have been said to date back to around 10,000 years ago; humans were evidenced to have used these drugs primarily for ritual ceremonies and general testing. Some research, such as that highlighted in a […]

What is Methadone?

What is Methadone?

There are many components that may comprise addiction recovery: medication, individual psychotherapy (also known as “talk therapy”), group therapy, and holistic activities such as massage therapy, meditation, acupuncture, and more. Holistically, a variety of all these components can really create a well-rounded, effective form of treatment. Methadone is a form of medication that is used […]

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 […]

What Should I Do If I Feel I’ve Received an Incorrect Diagnosis?

What Should I Do If I Feel I’ve Received an Incorrect Diagnosis?

As stated by the Washington Post, the National Academy of Medicine reported in 2015 that most people will receive an incorrect diagnosis regarding a serious condition at least once in their lives; estimates report that 12 million people (5% of adults) who attend outpatient care receive misdiagnoses annually. This is a vast number of lives […]

They’ve Got It All Wrong: Strategies for Overcoming Stigma Surrounding Addiction

They’ve Got It All Wrong: Strategies for Overcoming Stigma Surrounding Addiction

Stigma has long been a part of American history when it comes to mental illness and substance abuse. Movies, television shows, and more have all contributed to the increase of misunderstandings through the portrayal of certain characters – which in turn has caused an overall lack of support for those who truly need help. A […]

Adults Need A Bedtime, According to Science

Adults Need A Bedtime, According to Science

Sleeptime is a privilege as an adult. We cherish our ability to take a rest, settle in for a good night’s sleep, and choose when we want to wake up, or how late we want to stay up the next night. Just like cheeky children who choose to disobey their parents’ rules and stay up […]

Why Do People Become Addicted to Benzodiazepines?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Benzodiazepines?

Alprazolam (Xanax). Clonazepam (Klonopin). Diazepam (Valium). Lorazepam (Ativan). If you’ve heard of any of these drugs before, you know a few types of drugs that fall under the class of benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are human-made products that depress nerves in the brain through the central nervous system and cause sedative effects. GABA, also known as gamma-aminobutyric […]

How Can I Manage My Depression this Holiday Season?

How Can I Manage My Depression this Holiday Season?

With the holidays near, many people are reminded of loved ones who are no longer around or family members whom they don’t get along with – this time can be incredibly stressful, and can even create depressive symptoms to those already susceptible. Dr. Steve Koh, a geriatric psychiatrist at the University of California, told CBS […]

Somatic Experiencing: Understanding The Body’s Role In Trauma

Somatic Experiencing: Understanding The Body’s Role In Trauma

When a gazelle is chased by a lion in the African wilderness, they experience a very similar response to the threat on their livelihood as we humans do. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol go surging through their body, helping them take off running at the fullest speed possible toward safer grounds. Being chased by […]

Addiction, According To Simon Pegg

Addiction, According To Simon Pegg

We’re living in an age of growing honesty and transparency when it comes to the experience of our mental health. Collectively, we’ve realized that our struggles can no longer stay silenced. Sharing our stories helps us heal and inspires others to find healing for themselves. Increasingly, celebrities are speaking up about their experiences with mental […]

The Healing Power Of Nature

The Healing Power Of Nature

Human is a powerful word. The prefix ‘hum’ means of the earth. To be a human is to be a product of the earth, a man or woman born from the very natural elements which make up the planet upon which they live. We are not inside man or cubicleman or attachedtoscreensman. We are human. […]

Dr Janina Fisher

Dr Janina Fisher appointed Director of Psychological Services

Dr Janina Fisher has been appointed as Director of Psychological Services at Khiron House. She will take overall responsibility for formulating the treatment approaches best suited to each individual at each stage of the recovery process and for training staff.