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Living with Schizoaffective Disorder: Everything You Need to Know

Living with Schizoaffective Disorder: Everything You Need to Know

One person shared their experience with schizoaffective disorder on the main website for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Here is an excerpt from their story: “The aspects of my illness that affect my life the most are the constant shifts in mood, how I appear to the rest of the world and the knowledge […]

How Do Those with Depression Experience Loneliness?

How Do Those with Depression Experience Loneliness?

Depression is a serious mental illness that can change what was once considered joyful and pleasant for a person to a dark, gloomy haze. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, perhaps you’re feeling this right now – fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, and more can ensue and all you want to do is go right back […]

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. […]

Bipolar Disorder and Smoking Tobacco: An Association More Common Than You Think

Bipolar Disorder and Smoking Tobacco: An Association More Common Than You Think

There are several types of bipolar disorder (BPD), each based on the length, intensity, and symptoms of mania and depression. If you’ve been diagnosed with BPD, you may be familiar with the level of impulsivity, riskiness, and unhealthy coping mechanisms that may occur alongside the disorder; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) […]

How Can I Manage My Weight in Recovery?

How Can I Manage My Weight in Recovery?

For many people, recovery means learning how to manage triggers and coping in healthy ways. Previous research has shown that addiction often leads people to either eat sugary foods with lots of carbohydrates or not eat much at all – in recovery, unhealthy foods may become a major craving as the body and mind attempt […]

How to Manage the Holidays While in Addiction Recovery

How to Manage the Holidays While in Addiction Recovery

Thanksgiving is often a time for friends and family to gather together and eat; many Americans fly around this time of year to visit loved ones whom they haven’t seen in a while, and it’s around this season that people shared reasons to be grateful. If you’re currently in mental illness or addiction recovery, you […]

Can Acupuncture Help Alleviate Depression & Anxiety Among People Recovering From Addiction?

Can Acupuncture Help Alleviate Depression & Anxiety Among People Recovering From Addiction?

According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (as stated by Health.com), approximately $14.7 billion was spend out-of-pocket by Americans on holistic practices such as acupuncture, chiropractic services, yoga, and massage therapy. Acupuncture is an ancient practice that developed in China over 2,500 years ago. Many people all around the world utilize […]

When Anxiety Peaks During Addiction Recovery: 5 Things to Remember

When Anxiety Peaks During Addiction Recovery: 5 Things to Remember

The beginning of one’s recovery journey is exciting and scary at the same time; you may be feeling a bit nervous about what to expect, but also hopeful in your chances of living a life that makes you happier and healthier. Recovery is a step towards a major change – but it’s the best (although […]

What Interpersonal Difficulties Does Someone with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Face?

What Interpersonal Difficulties Does Someone with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Face?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is diagnosed with problem drinking becomes severe – according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), approximately 15.1 million adults experienced an AUD in 2015. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an AUD, you’ve likely experienced one or more of the following: Drinking more […]

Moods of Bipolar Disorder and AUD Linked to Alcohol Cravings

Moods of Bipolar Disorder and AUD Linked to Alcohol Cravings

Bipolar disorder (BPD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) are two common occurrences when it comes to dual diagnosis. Many people with BPD self-medicate with alcohol or other substances in order to help them cope with difficult emotions or urges; conversely, alcoholism can worsen a person’s symptoms when in a manic or depressive episode for BPD. […]

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