Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the…

Do You Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression?

If you suffer from depression, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression is the leading cause of disability across the globe. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports only have people with mental health disorders receive treatment. With roughly 16 million American adults living with major depression,…

Spiritual Distress in the Wake of Trauma

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” The effects are long-lasting and might take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms such as nightmares, feelings of hyper-arousal and multisensory flashbacks reminiscent of the traumatic…

Veterans’ Risks for Drug Abuse

Recent findings from an American research group point to a connection between drug problems in veterans, depression and emotional trauma exposure that occurs as early as childhood or as late as after the end of military service. Diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol appear fairly frequently in men and women who have served in the…

Depression in Polydrug Users

A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii assessed the impact of cigarette smoking and caffeine intake on the mental health of people who participate in polysubstance abuse, concluding that caffeine use, in particular, can have a substantially negative mental health impact on these individuals. Polysubstance abuse and polydrug abuse are two terms that…

How to Affect Seasonal Affective Disorder

Six percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), while 14 percent suffer from snow depression. Even among the non-SAD population, feelings of listlessness, lifelessness, and low motivation are common during the winter months, when the mercury drops out of sight, and the sun hides its warming face for 14 to 16 hours at…

Is There a Really Addictive Personality?

We have all heard that some people are prone to addiction, and there seem to be plenty of real-world examples to illustrate the truth of this adage. But is it accurate to say that someone who has suffered through multiple addictions has a really addictive personality? Or is this an overly simplistic explanation for a…

The Connection Between Borderline Personality Disorders & Depression

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition in which individuals struggle with intense, volatile and painful emotions, impulsive thoughts and behaviors and persistent feelings of emptiness and abandonment. BPD typically results in problems with self-image, impulses, emotional responses and conflicts with other people including loved ones. Intense, highly changeable episodes of anger, depression and…