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The differences between the symptoms of depression and the symptoms of manic depression are significant. Though they share some commonalities, the critical difference between the two is the manic episodes experienced by those with manic depression, known also as bipolar disorder.

The holidays can be a difficult time for everyone, but are you actually struggling with a major depressive disorder that may require care from a mood treatment center? Nearly all people have some level of stress or sadness during the holidays. There is time with difficult family members, large amounts of money needed for presents […]

When an alcoholic stops drinking, they may experience a number of disturbing alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Chemical dependency creates a physiological need for the drug being abused, and when fresh supplies of that drug are no longer available, it can cause a tremendous physical and emotional shock to the system.

Medication for borderline personality disorder affects each patient differently, so it is important to be aware of the possible side effects that you may encounter. Be sure to ask your doctor about any medications that should not be taken in combination with medication for borderline personality disorder and keep track of any side effects that […]

Getting sober can be a difficult journey, and one of the most valuable tools you can make use of along the way is an open mind. Learning about Toltec wisdom might sound a little esoteric when all you want to do is get clean, but these practices can be a key aspect of a fulfilling, […]

Depression is an ugly monster. It overtakes lives, shrouding sufferers in shadow. It intensifies any and all underlying psychological and physiological conditions. As a result, it can be a beast to treat.

By Karen Brownd, CSAT, Director of the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery and Associate Clinical Director at The Ranch Recent accusations of sexual misconduct by celebrities have led to unprecedented revelations of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse, and questions about the difference between sex addiction vs. sex offender. Many men in prominent positions have […]

“Relapse is a part of recovery.” This idiom was recited time and again in the inpatient treatment center where I spent 30 days in January 2008. The other thing I heard a lot was “addiction is a chronic disease.” Meaning that this alcoholism/addiction thing I had wasn’t going anywhere. There were treatments for it, yes, […]

Survival and self-preservation are human instincts. While no one dreams of becoming an alcoholic when they grow up, sometimes it happens, and usually for good reason. Counterintuitive as it is, alcohol abuse can be an unconscious survival mechanism. If you never learned proper coping skills to navigate life’s challenges or had the right resources to […]

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of 10 personality disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.