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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 8, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 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…

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What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 7, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 Millions of Americans struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues. Each condition requires treatment, but when someone experiences both, treatment can be more challenging. Experiencing both mental illness and substance abuse is…

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What Treatment for Depression Can Look Like

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: May 10, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the United States. Millions of adults will experience a period of depression in any given year. One of the best tools…

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 25, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 When people think about bipolar disorder, they may imagine someone who swings wildly between extreme happiness and devastating sadness. But bipolar disease often presents differently than the images we get from TV or movies. The majority of people living with…

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Understanding PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 23, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 After going through a distressing event, people may have difficulty coping with their feelings about what happened. Usually, after some time and self-care, people feel better and can leave the past event. Sometimes, the traumatic event’s effects linger for months…

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Treatment Options for Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 3, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Many people struggle with both substance abuse and mental health issues. When a person has both diagnoses, treating either issue can be more difficult. Figuring out which symptoms are caused by the mental health condition and which are a result…

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What is Seasonal Depression?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 19, 2020 Updated: January 15, 2021 As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, some people experience a change in their emotions. It’s a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression, and typically starts in the fall and lasts through the winter. During…

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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…