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Importance of National Depression Awareness Week

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 2, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 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…

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Comprehensive Guide Into Depression and Drug Abuse

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 22, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020 Depression and drug abuse can affect one another. People with depression may use drugs, and those who abuse drugs can exacerbate mental conditions. Depression suppresses the immune system; the risk to your physical and emotional health increases when you use…

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The Brain and Depression

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: May 29, 2020 Updated: May 13, 2020 Everyone feels sad from time to time. For some people, though, the sensation endures. You lack energy and ambition; you’re less productive, and your relationships suffer. Medicine has a name for this: depression. The relationship between the brain and depression…

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Is My Loved One Struggling With Depression?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 24, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 Is My Loved One Struggling With Depression? When a loved one is going through any type of difficulty, it can be hard to understand just what the problem is. Maybe your loved one is acting differently, but you’re not sure…

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Depression After Drug Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 18, 2020 Updated: February 25, 2020 Depression After Drug Addiction Dealing with drug addiction is a difficult situation in which to be involved. Whether you are struggling with meth, heroin, cocaine, or benzos, it is challenging to begin the journey to recovery. There may be many…

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Self-Medicating Depression

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: August 12, 2019 Updated: August 21, 2019 More than 7% of adults in the United States have depression, making depression related disorders among the most common mental health issues in the country. Mental health disorders like depression are chronic and incurable, which makes self-medicating depression symptoms a…