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Efforts to Avoid Porn Can Actually Promote Cybersex Addiction

Recent evidence from a team of German scientists indicates that purposeful attempts to avoid pornographic material on the Internet can potentially promote the onset of cybersex addiction, just like a tendency to actively seek out pornographic material. People with cybersex addiction have a form of behavioral addiction centered on the use of modern Internet technology …

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PTSD and Personal Trauma Taught Me How to Help Others

By Timothy L. Hook, LMSW, CSAT-C, Primary Therapist at The Ranch Trauma and PTSD can devastate individuals. It also pulls families apart. I know this all too well, not just as a counselor at The Ranch, but as someone who’s been exposed to it through childhood trauma and military deployments. You’d think that 14 deployments …

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‘Miracle Question’ to DBT, There’s a Therapeutic Solution for Every Problem

By Alisha Irby, MS, Primary Therapist, Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders Program at The Ranch I am passionate about working as an addiction treatment therapist at The Ranch. My work is always changing because I believe there is no black-and-white approach to therapy. There are multiple ways to solve a problem and sometimes I use many different …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Helping Your Partner Through Depression

By Rodney Robertson, D. Min., M.A., M.Div., Director of Family Services at The Ranch Deborah was devastated when she lost her job at age 42. She blamed herself for not being capable enough and went from her usual schedule of getting up for work to barely leaving home. She dwelled on all the things that …

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Women & Relapse: Are Relationships the Problem?

A significant number of women who seek treatment for addiction were initially introduced to drug use by a romantic partner or spouse. Sometimes, it isn’t until they start exploring their patterns in therapy that women realize how their romantic or sexual relationships were triggers for their addiction, and very likely any subsequent relapse. For women …

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Causes of Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform disorders are a group of diagnosable mental illnesses that lead to medical complaints that don’t actually match your physical condition. Current guidelines in the U.S. refer to these illnesses as somatic symptom and related disorders. No one knows exactly why such conditions occur. However, doctors and researchers have identified a range of factors that …

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Are Emotional Support Animals an Effective Depression Treatment?

Animals have a way of lifting spirits and transmitting calmness, both to their owners and to strangers. All it takes is the sight of a dog to make some people smile, and petting any animal has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, which translates to an overall reduction in anxiety.

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An Overview of the Effects of Genetics on Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening. While effective treatments exist, the causes of depression are not always clear. Is depression genetic or environmental? Are its root causes psychological, emotional, physiological or a combination of the three? And are there different answers for different types of depression?

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