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What Is Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder?

Treatment-resistant depression (also called treatment-refractory depression) is a thoroughly researched topic and widely recognized clinical challenge. In many cases, mood-stabilizing medication can help control the symptoms of depression, although first-line treatments are often ineffective. Less than 40% of individuals achieve remission with the first treatment administered and often many different medications and approaches are tried before an efficacious combination is found.

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Substance Abuse Evaluation: What to Expect

Whether by choice or by force, a substance abuse evaluation is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. There are four goals of a drug and alcohol abuse assessment: Determine the types of substances abused Determine the severity of substance abuse Assess co-occurring mental health disorders Make a treatment recommendation, if necessary During a […]

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Pregnancy and Pot: What You Should Know

Marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise. Recent research analyzed medical questionnaires of 279,457 pregnant women and found pot use increased from 4.2% to 7.1% over an eight-year period. That’s just the people who admitted it. Researchers believe many women don’t own up to marijuana use during pregnancy for fear of being reported to […]

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Alcohol Metabolism 101: How Do You Metabolize Alcohol?

Drink, drank or drunk – whatever state of imbibing you’re in, the way you metabolize alcohol has an impact. From genes that affect alcohol metabolism from that first sip of wine to metabolic processes that contribute to that nasty hangover, alcohol’s journey through your body is complex. When you drink alcohol, you lose 2 to […]

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How Drug Abuse Can Fuel Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and substance abuse can be crafty and complex partners in crime. Research shows about half of people with eating disorders also abuse alcohol or other drugs. Over 35% of people with substance use disorders also engage in some form of disordered eating behavior. These patterns can take a few forms and may feed […]

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Toxic Effects of Alcoholism on Families: The Statistics

Alcohol abuse ravages families, leaving long-lasting emotional scars. Families are a unit, and when one individual is hurting and acting destructively, it impacts everyone. Here are just some of the effects of alcoholism on families. Marriage and Alcoholism Statistics: Does Alcohol Break Up Relationships? “He’s a happy drunk.” “She’s an angry drunk.” Whatever the case […]

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Telemedicine: Pros and Cons

Telemedicine, or remote health care, is one of the great innovations of modern health care. It can be used to make health care more accessible to patients and quickly connect patients to doctors. It also can be used to help diagnose and begin treatment for an array of physical and mental health issues, including addiction. […]

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The Relationship Between Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are double-barreled disorders that can suffocate you emotionally while at the same time filling you with jittery angst about what the future may hold. It’s like “breathing through a coffee stirrer,” says Tara K. “A daily battle against yourself … a desire to live yet at the same time a desire to […]

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The Problem with Self-Medicating and Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health condition that affects over 4% of the U.S. population and leads many of those affected to seek help from bipolar treatment centers. Yet some people who need bipolar disorders treatment try to self-medicate through alcohol, illegal substances or prescription drugs that are not helpful for bipolar disorder. This […]

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Can Alcohol Cause Anxiety?

If you experience anxiety after a night of heavy drinking, you’re not alone. Colloquially coined “hangxiety,” many binge drinkers feel hyperarousal in the form of stress, shakes, guilt and worry from heavy drinking. Learn some of the reasons behind hangover anxiety. What Causes Hangover Anxiety? If you’re binge drinking or drinking several days a week, alcohol could be […]

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