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PTSD in Veterans & Treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of psychiatric or mental health disorder that occurs in some people who experience a traumatic event, such as:1 War or combat. A serious accident...

The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Addiction

Both eating disorders and substance abuse disorders – typically called addiction – are behavioral disorders involving compulsive actions. Some eating disorders, like binge eating, share behavioral patterns with addictions while others involve restricting intake of...

10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Less Stressful

Thanksgiving can and should be a time of relaxation, family, and some well-deserved time off. However, if you are the one providing that wonderful day of relaxation for everyone in...

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are present when two or more conditions occur simultaneously in a single person. This concept is similar to that of comorbidity, which, according to the National Institute on Drug...

Living with Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Everyone naturally experience highs and lows in life; however, those with bipolar disorder experience extreme ups and downs. These changes in mood happen frequently or without warning, and they can...

Different Types of Bipolar Disorder

There’s often a certain stigma associated with bipolar disorder that isn’t true. Not every person who has bipolar disorder goes from an extreme up to an extreme down in a...

The Connection Between ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder. It causes a pattern of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattentiveness. The person may not listen to others, and it has nothing to...

Medications Used for Depression and Their Addiction Risks

As their name suggests, antidepressants are used to treat people who have depression. Many people who undergo a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program may be prescribed antidepressants to combat anxiety and...

What Is There to Know about Adult ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is oftentimes only thought of as a condition that only affects children. When people hear “ADHD,” they often think of a child who can’t sit...

The Connection between Depression and Substance Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, data indicates a connection between mood disorders like depression and substance abuse, with those diagnosed with a mood disorder being twice as likely...

Anxiety and Substance Abuse

Since the time of Sigmund Freud, the notion of anxiety has played a very significant role in the understanding of psychopathology and in the diagnosis of different types of psychiatric...

How Can PTSD Lead to Substance Abuse in Veterans?

People with a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms. Military veterans experience high rates of PTSD in large part due...

OCD and Substance Abuse

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a very severe mental health disorder that occurs in about 1 percent of the population. In the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for...

Overview on Co-Occurring Disorders

Comorbidity refers to the condition where an individual is diagnosed with more than one type of medical condition or psychological disorder. When people are consistently diagnosed with two or even more...

Dealing with Bipolar Disorder during Inpatient Drug Rehab

Inpatient drug rehab is the most effective way for bipolar addicts to address their substance abuse problems – as well as their mental illnesses. Bipolar disorder is a crippling condition,...

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and drug addiction are two of the most common conditions affecting Americans today, but they are also two of the most misunderstood conditions. Bipolar disorder is a serious...

Depression and Drug Addiction

Depression is a serious disease that affects thousands of Americans, and when coupled with a drug addiction or alcoholism, each disease serves to exacerbate and amplify the other. Depression is...

Treating Addiction with Co-Occurring Conditions

Addiction or alcoholism that occurs concurrently with other conditions is known as a Dual Diagnosis or Co-Occurring condition. (1)  Often such conditions serve to severely exacerbate substance abuse or drinking...

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