social media and mental health

Are Technological Advances Harming Us?

There is no doubt that technological advances have changed our lives. Think about some of the significant innovations within the last few decades that have transformed Western society. Cellphones and video chat allow us to quickly relay messages and keep in touch with family and friends that may live in another state or country. The…

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Is Depression Really a Chemical Imbalance?

Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, but depression is an entirely different ballgame. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, can be dark and lonesome for people who experience the disorder. It can feel like endless sadness, discontentedness, and hopelessness. Like a slug, hauling its sticky and slow body…

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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…

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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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Is Weight Gain a Challenge When Taking Anti-Depressants?

Antidepressant therapy is a great way to find support for people who struggle with depressive symptoms and need extra help navigating life effectively. Medication is often used for the treatment of depression, along with other substance use disorders, so it becomes a somewhat complex issue. Weight gain can be one unfortunate side effect of treating…

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How to Face Depression Head On and Claim Victory in Recovery

Coming to terms with a problem that a person faces with mental health can be a huge burden lifted. Depression is stigmatized along with addiction and, when the two are partnered up, it can be a double whammy. Even on a good day, a person with depression may find it hard to deal with life…

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If a Loved One Has Depression, How Can a Partner Support Them?

Loving someone with depression is challenging, especially when you are unable to help them. It can be frustrating when your partner is not just depressed, but due to depression is irritable, angry, or withdrawn. There are many ways to support a loved one with the right time and patience.  Patience Patience is a virtue, and…

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How to Switch Depression Medication Safely

Prescription antidepressants are no small thing to mess with. It is not easy to just stop taking it because it may have unknown side effects. Sometimes people experience dependence or addiction without realizing it happened. Find out a way to switch depression medication safely. Proper Protocol Stopping medication too abruptly can cause a person to…

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Try These 5 Ways to Boost Motivation When Depressed

When a person with depression is told to get motivated, it is like telling someone to get past a very difficult thing in their life by snapping their fingers. It is not that people with depression cannot get motivated or don’t want to get well. They simply cannot function and struggle to get moving. There…

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The Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression May Surprise You

Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to many health problems, including lower back pain, heart trouble, and depression. Linking vitamin D deficiency and depression makes intuitive sense. It is produced in the body when skin is exposed to light. During winter, many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) due to lack of exposure to…