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Month: October 2012

PTSD: Relapsing

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs as the result of witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. PTSD is the result of a change to the body’s “fight-or-flight” response; feelings of anxiety persist in the absence of immediate danger. While most people feel some type of stress following a traumatic event, PTSD …

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How Can a Behavior (Sex, for instance) Become an Addiction?

Nearly everyone is familiar with and understands to some degree the concept of a substance addiction – abuse of and dependency on chemicals such as nicotine, alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescription medications. More difficult to comprehend is the concept of a behavioral or “process” addiction – compulsively engaging in a potentially pleasurable activity such …

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Addicts Often Struggle With Mental Illness

Oftentimes, an individual will forge through the challenging steps of substance abuse treatment and victoriously overcome their addiction only to fall into relapse weeks or months later. Something keeps them from completely overcoming their addiction. Other disorders that had been masked by their addiction later surface and once again begin working against the individual’s ability …

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Heavy Alcohol Consumption Can Make It Difficult to Recover From a Traumatic Experience

Heavy alcohol use carries a hefty price tag in so many ways. It takes a toll on overall health, damages interpersonal relationships, often results in poor work performance and its consequent impaired judgment frequently leads to other negative behaviors. Now a study shows that heavy drinking may also put a person at greater risk for …

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Eating Disorders and Comorbidity with Depression and Anxiety

Eating disorders can be characterized into three main types: anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. The characteristics of each disorder differ, but one fact remains: people who suffer from eating disorders have a higher likelihood of suffering from anxiety and depression than those who do not suffer from eating disorders. In fact, up to 80 …

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