Seven Ways to Help Yourself When You Love an Addict

Loving an addict can feel like you’re on a perpetual rollercoaster of emotions — anger, sadness, hate, love, fear, relief, guilt, disbelief — sometimes experiencing all within mere moments. It’s not surprising that research shows loved ones of addicted individuals suffer from increased stress, depression and poorer overall well-being. As much as our addicted loved…

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…

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…

Snow Depression

Understanding Snow Depression “And February was so long that it lasted into March And found us walking a path alone together You stopped and pointed and you said, ‘That’s a crocus’ And I said, ‘What’s a crocus?’ And you said, ‘It’s a flower’ I tried to remember, but I said, ‘What’s a flower?’ ”— Dar…

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Effective Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder

In a study published in December 2014 in the Journal of Eating Disorders, a team of Canadian and American researchers examined the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as a binge eating disorder treatment; the researchers also explored the underlying factors that may account for DBT’s usefulness, including an improved ability to control the emotions…