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When deciding on the right mental health treatment center for co-occurring disorders, there are several key elements you should look for. Make sure you are giving yourself the best chance for success by finding a mental health treatment center with these important elements.  Qualified Staff Members A co-occurring disorder occurs when an individual suffers from a mental health condition and a substance use […]

Psychosis is the term used to describe two major disruptions in mental health — hallucinations and delusional thinking — that seriously interfere with the ability to stay grounded in reality. Most people probably associate these disruptions with the mental illness schizophrenia. However, significant numbers of people with bipolar disorder also develop psychosis symptoms. Without knowing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Every case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is unique from a biological, psychological and social standpoint. Medications that work for one person may not be as effective for someone else. Some studies suggest cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a more effective PTSD treatment than medication, although few head-to-head comparisons have been done. Some people prefer talk therapy, while […]

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased in 49 states between 1999 and 2016, with 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016. Since 2008, suicide has ranked as the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in the U.S. Alarmingly, suicide became the second leading cause of death among those aged […]

It’s completely natural to feel sad when a loved one, friend or beloved pet dies, or even when you read news about strangers losing their lives to natural disasters or acts of terrorism. Too often, sadness and depression are lumped together, which can have negative consequences. Depression is typically associated with the primary symptom of […]