schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder that alters a person’s perception of themselves, the world around them, and their relationship to it. Disruptions are experienced in thought processes, perceptions, emotional responsiveness, and social interactions. Schizophrenia can also be tricky to diagnose due to its inherent biological complexity, the overlap of symptoms with other disorders, and different evaluation…

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Alcohol’s Effect on Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. An individual who suffers from depression often declines invitations to social events, family gatherings, and holiday parties with loved ones. Depression makes a person disengage from things that were fun, interesting, and enjoyable. It also interferes with relationships and distorts…

dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

A growing segment of addiction psychiatry, co-occurring disorders, or dual-diagnosis is emerging in addiction treatment facilities as an alternative to treatment plans that have historically focused on addiction. Living with an unidentified co-occurring disorder can negatively impact career, family, and other vital relationships. The challenge of controlling impulsive or addictive behaviors while failing to explore…

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Why Does Therapy Matter in Recovery?

Addiction comes in many different ways and people struggle with it differently. The reasons why people become addicted vary and include things like the past history of neglect, abuse, trauma, or violence. The next step for a person is to begin a rehab program with detox for addiction, followed by therapeutic measures. Not many understand…

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Why is Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Effective?

Many types of rehabilitation are available for people who seek professional help for addiction. These treatment options vary in many ways. What some people don’t realize is that a person should choose a program but it takes time to find the right one. It takes a lot of people in a treatment place to support…

a man struggling to deal with addiction and co-occurring disorders

Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction and mental health issues usually go together. Someone suffering from an addiction is twice as likely to suffer from at least one more mental health issue; and vice versa. Co-occurring disorders are now a common diagnosis in the medical field; the recognition is somewhat new but undeniably important. If a person with depression and…