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Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

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In 2018, over 48,000 people committed suicide, making it a leading cause of death with incidences more than doubling the number of homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of… Read On »

Training Our Brains to Recognize Positivity

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Our brains are prone to negativity. In neuroscience, scientists and researchers call this the “negativity bias.” Since we are inherently social animals fighting for survival, it’s pertinent for us to take special note of negative situations or feelings, as they might be a threat to our longevity. Unfortunately, we can internalize and catastrophize negative messages… Read On »

The Benefits of Individual and Group Therapy Sessions

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Most treatment programs offer a hybrid of individual and group therapy sessions, which has proven to be effective in creating substantial progress for the healing process. While individual therapy sessions can offer a set pace for a patient’s growth and therapeutic work, the speed of group therapy sessions can be somewhat unpredictable due to the… Read On »

Understanding Co-Dependency

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In our efforts to understand the complex human behavior of dependency, we use all kinds of words, phrases, and imagery, which ultimately get in the way of our understanding. Dependence is something inherent to human existence in life on earth. For example, we often use the phrase “like our lives depend on it.” In reality,… Read On »

Quandary in a Conundrum: Addiction and ADHD

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By Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Chief Clinical Officer  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and addiction may have a cozier relationship than many realize, at least according to much of the scientific literature. Recent studies have presented estimates that the prevalence of ADHD in adults with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) might be around… Read On »

Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding The Complexities

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Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. Because symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder vary on a broad scale, it is easy to misdiagnose. Millions of men and women who are struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder are not receiving proper clinical diagnoses, treatment plans, or interventions designed to meet their needs.   Problematically, it… Read On »

Connecting With The Senses: A Summer Mindfulness Practice

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Summertime is one of the loveliest and most magical times of the year. Warmer weather, sunny days, and more hours of light make summer a perfect time to engage the senses and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness simply refers to the act of being present in the moment or being here now. Mindfulness practices are ways to… Read On »

Mental Health Concerns In Long-term Recovery

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Everyone is susceptible to the onset of mental illness in their lifetime. A variety of factors contribute to the development of mental illness, from life circumstances to chemical imbalances, to genetics and ancestry. Whatever causes our mental illness to arise, it is of critical importance that we learn to recognize the symptoms, receive a proper… Read On »

College Mental Health: Where And Why Students Struggle

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For several years in a row, the Center for Collegiate Mental Health has reported an increase in the number of college students who seek treatment for mental health issues. These students aren’t just struggling with normal college stress. According to the report, college counseling centers are seeing another increase in the number of students who… Read On »

How Can Beginners Learn Meditation?

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Meditation is simply the practice of turning one’s attention to a single point of focus, such as the breath, an image, or a repeated word or phrase. While it sounds simple, it can often feel impossible to sit down, quiet the mind, set yourself free from distractions, and meditate. Meditation has numerous health benefits for… Read On »