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Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety and Alcoholism

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 15 million adults in the U.S. suffer from social anxiety disorder, another 6.8 million suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and people with these conditions are more likely to struggle with alcohol addiction. The relationship between anxiety disorders and alcohol is a complicated one, though, and there is some debate as to whether anxiety disorders lead to problems with alcohol, whether alcohol disorders lead to anxiety disorders or whether they exacerbate one another. Regardless of the precise form of the relationship, many people with anxiety disorders “self-medicate” with alcohol, and this could serve to make the problem worse.

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Posted in Helpful Articles, Mental Health

The Difference Between Anxiety and Stress

A lot of people use the terms “anxiety” and “stress” interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. Both are feelings that are normal and that we all experience sometimes, but both can also become paralyzing if we don’t cope with them in healthy ways.

For most people, stress comes and goes and can even be a healthy experience, one that motivates us to achieve. Anxiety may come and go as well, but it can also be a sign of an underlying disorder. How can you tell the difference and how do you know when you need to ask for help?

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Talk Therapy Best Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds

A large study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found results that go against the accepted wisdom for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.

For years, antidepressants have been the most commonly prescribed treatment for social anxiety disorder (SAD). However, the new study analyzed data from 101 clinical trials featuring 13,164 SAD patients and discovered that cognitive behavioral therapy is both more effective and longer lasting as a treatment for this mental disorder.

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Depressed People With High Level of Fear, Anger, Worry at Greater Risk of Suicide

Major depressive disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders. Those who suffer from depression are also at an increased risk for disorders such as substance use disorder and anxiety. In addition, those with depression are also at a higher risk for suicidal ideation.

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