Depression

Signs that Bipolar Disorder Is Out of Control

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On This Page: Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder Treatment Finding Help Bipolar disorder is a serious condition that can vary in intensity. If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder, it is important to make sure you are pursuing holistic health and receiving an appropriate level of treatment. There is a wide array of treatment options — outpatient to inpatient, talk therapy to medication — but seeking out treatment is an important step for anyone wanting to manage and/or overcome the symptoms of the disorder. Helping yourself by reaching out for support and intervention for your bipolar disorder […]

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Hair-Pulling Disorders, Body Image and Depression

Hair-Pulling Disorders, Body Image and Depression

On This Page: Trichotillomania Co-occuring Disorders Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Others Treatment for Trichotillomania We Can Help It is not uncommon for people who suffer with a mental health disorder to struggle with more than one condition. Sometimes the illnesses spring from a similar cause, whether biological or environmental, and sometimes the occurrence or treatment of one condition will lead to the development of a secondary disorder. Hair-pulling, body image disorders and depression are independent conditions that sometimes interrelate and co-occur. Trichotillomania The urge to pull out one’s hair is known as trichotillomania. Most commonly people pull the hair from […]

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Many People With Depression Take Opioids, but Do They Really Help?

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By Stephanie Thomas Each day, news reports shed more light on the depth and breadth of our nation’s opioid crisis. Still, we have so much to learn about the reasons behind the current crisis. But some new research may help to enhance our understanding of this specific addiction — namely, that folks dealing with depression make up a significant portion of opioid-prescribed patients. With this knowledge, we can move forward to address a root of the problem — depression itself — in our hope to reduce opioid addiction in the years to come. Opioid Fatalities on the Rise More than […]

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Is There a Connection Between Ambition and Depression?

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By Martha McLaughlin Ambition is generally defined as having a strong desire to achieve something and the will to work for it.1 It can be the impetus for much positive change. But can you have too much of a good thing when it comes to ambition? The Downside to Ambition In reality, too much ambition or wrongly focused ambition can lead to poor mental health. Sometimes goals and expectations may simply be too high. Our culture pushes the notion than anyone can do anything if they want it enough. Unfortunately, life and human beings both have limits. If goals are […]

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Turning Trauma into Triumph: How Tragedy Can Lead to Life’s Greatest Blessing

It may seem overly optimistic and unrealistic, until you talk to someone who has experienced it: Extreme trauma can lead to the oft-unrealized blessing of true inner peace and a better life. There have been examples throughout history: Princess Diana’s children, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s inspirational life and even soldiers like J.R. Martinez, who despite having PTSD and losing half his face in a roadside bomb attack, went on to become a daytime drama television star and a motivational speaker. Much like “The Bionic Man” or “The Bionic Woman,” with the right treatment, therapists can rebuild those who have suffered great […]

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