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Veterans and PTSD

Veterans and PTSD are closely interlinked, with 18% of combat veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Experiencing trauma is more commonplace than you might imagine. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Health) reports that 50% of men and 60% of women witness at least one traumatic event at some point in life.  From veterans returning…

Alcohol and Anxiety

Alcohol and anxiety are closely intertwined and there are no positive outcomes from using alcohol to address the symptoms of anxiety.  Additionally, alcohol abuse can sometimes trigger anxiety, another adverse consequence of alcohol anxiety.  Developing alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder in isolation is challenging, but when these two serious mental health conditions co-occur…

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Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I disorder is the more severe form of bipolar, a mental health condition affecting over 10 million adults in the United States, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).  Previously known as manic depression, bipolar disorder presents at a median age of 25, per DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance). That said,…

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The Relationship Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

PTSD and substance abuse are strongly linked, with up to 50% of those seeking substance abuse treatment meeting the criteria for lifetime PTSD.  Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly abbreviated to PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that sometimes develops after someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. Although PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, this condition…

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What is Bipolar Depression?

You’re certainly not alone if you have been asking yourself, “What is bipolar depression?” or “Do I have bipolar depression?”  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that over 10 million adults in the United States have bipolar disorder.  Affecting men and women more or less equally and impacting 3% of the US population,…

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What Is Seasonal Depression?

If you have been struggling with mental health issues and asking yourself, “What is seasonal depression”, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization described depression as a common mental health disorder affecting one in twenty adults worldwide. Rates of depression in the United States are remarkably higher. The incidence of depression tripled during the first…