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Is There a Difference Between Introversion and Social Anxiety?

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Social anxiety disorder, or SAD, affects about 15 million Americans and is a major risk factor in developing a substance use disorder. SAD is when you feel acutely anxious in social situations. People with SAD want to connect with others but their anxiety is an obstacle. They often deal with this problem by using alcohol… Read On »

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

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  If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction and mental health issues, our suicidal thoughts are some of the most painful and debilitating symptoms we commonly experience. Our toxic, self-destructive thought patterns convince us that we’re not good enough, that our… Read On »

5 Grounding Techniques to Help You Overcome Anxiety

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Grounding is a simple but powerful idea. It just means paying attention to your physical environment in order to interrupt the cycle of negative thoughts. Grounding is especially useful for people with anxiety disorders or PTSD, but it can also be used to interrupt the rumination common in people with depression. When you feel anxiety,… Read On »

Does Depression Make Your Brain Age Faster?

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Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year. Depression, in itself, is bad enough. It’s symptoms include sadness, sleep disturbances, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, weight changes, poor concentration, lack of motivation, physical aches, and thoughts of suicide and death. These symptoms reduce your quality of life, impair your productivity,… Read On »

5 Constructive Ways to Express Anger

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Anger is often closely tied to addiction. It is a normal response to the hurt caused by trauma, abuse, or neglect. However, many people don’t deal with their anger in a healthy way. They either lose control and become aggressive or even violent, or they repress their anger, which can lead to depression and anxiety.… Read On »

Do You Have an Anger Problem?

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Everyone gets angry sometimes. It’s a normal human emotion. Anger can even be healthy if you express it constructively, such as when anger prompts you to defend yourself or others from unfair treatment. However, anger can also be destructive. It can lead to self-sabotaging behavior. It can alienate you from friends and family, get you… Read On »

How to Adopt the Diet that Fights Depression

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More and more studies are finding that the “Mediterranean diet” significantly reduces the symptoms of depression. One recent meta-analysis of more than 40 studies of diet and depression found that people who followed the Mediterranean diet were 33 percent less likely to suffer from depression. On the other hand, people who ate a diet high… Read On »

11 Signs of Emotional Abuse

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We all know physical abuse is bad. Hitting, pinching, pushing, restraining, or otherwise hurting someone physically to get what you want is never ok. In addition to being physically harmful and sometimes fatal, physical abuse increases someone’s risk of depression, anxiety, and addiction. Emotional abuse is often harder to recognize. It doesn’t leave physical marks,… Read On »

What Not to Say to Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

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We all want to support our friends and family members who suffer from anxiety disorders, but there are many misconceptions about anxiety disorders and mental illness in general. Oftentimes, you might mean well but ultimately end up doing harm, which can make your loved one frustrated, alienated, or reluctant to ask for help. If you… Read On »

5 Myths About Anxiety Disorders

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People have a lot of inaccurate ideas about anxiety disorders. These misconceptions can lead to counterproductive ways of coping, increased stigma, and reluctance to get help. The following are some common misconceptions about anxiety disorders and why they’re wrong. Anxiety disorders aren’t common. Anxiety disorders are actually extremely common. Nearly 20 percent of American adults… Read On »