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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual abuse to surviving combat in war.

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The Impact of PTSD On Alcoholism

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of mental health disorder. In it, a person experiences flashbacks, intense memories, and anxiety related to a past trauma. Some people use alcohol to manage these intrusive symptoms. Alcoholism can develop from this type of self-medicating strategy. If that occurs, treatment for both conditions is essential. At Northern

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The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

In the past, many referred to bipolar disorder as manic depression. This disorder is marked by intense and sudden shifts in behavior, energy levels, and mood. Some believed that drug and alcohol addiction recovery should address severe mental conditions such as bipolar disorder. As medical professionals understand co-occurring disorders better, dual diagnosis treatment is becoming

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Importance of National Depression Awareness Week

The first week of May is special for mental health enthusiasts. It is special because the entire week is for creating awareness about depression. Depression is a common mental health disorder. It affects people in their millions, yet most individuals aren’t conscious of the issues around depression. Our society still harbors attitudes that promote shame

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Are You Struggling With Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting every sector in the world. The pandemic is responsible for massive job losses across the globe and forcing healthcare systems to channel a lot of resources towards containing it. For the everyday person, coronavirus is making it difficult to socialize because of social distancing. This ultimately has an impact

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The Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

As World Suicide Prevention Day draws near, we can prepare ourselves to recognize this day with solemnity and understanding. Since its inception in 2003, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has been working to decrease the number of suicides across the globe. Together we can all make a difference. The importance of World Suicide Prevention

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Do I Need Dual Diagnosis?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, an addiction to drugs or alcohol, then you’ve likely heard the term dual diagnosis. Addiction is a complex disease with both physical and mental aspects. It can also put individuals at higher risk of developing a mental health issue like depression or anxiety.

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