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Am I A Problem Drinker?

Have you been asking yourself “Am I a problem drinker” or “Do I have alcoholism?” When you start questioning your alcohol intake, you will encounter various terms used to describe drinking patterns. These include problem drinking, heavy drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol use disorder (the clinical descriptor for alcoholism).  While these terms express different forms…

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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…