relationship with yourself

Three Practices to Change Your Relationship with Yourself

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For many of us, our addiction is filled with thoughts and behaviors that cause harm to ourselves and those around us. Part of the difficulty we face getting sober is that often we beat ourselves up for our behavior, past and present. We are…
Honesty In Recovery

Honesty

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In twelve step programs and other recovery programs as well, there are sets of principles which serve as a guiding force for the addict or alcoholic newly entering recovery. Behind each step, or monumental outline services a principle or a description…
Fulfill Your Basic Needs

9 Ways to Fulfill Your Basic Needs

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If you have ever taken a psychology class you have probably learned at least something about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. In case you can’t remember or need a little refresher, here is what it’s all about: you need to fulfill your basic…
stigma of mental illness

Stigma of Mental Illness

Long before recovery, rehabs, and relocating to California, I suffered from crippling depression. I used to ask myself constantly, "Can a person go to rehab for depression?" As a child, sometimes getting out of bed seemed impossible. I remember…
psychiatric hospital

Alternative to Psychiatric Hospital

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When a serious mental health condition results in significant impairment it is appropriate to explore therapeutic solutions that offer a higher level of care than outpatient care. A residential mental health program provides an alternative to…
Anxiety about going to work

What to Do When You Have Anxiety About Going to Work

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Why Do I Get Anxiety About Going To Work? The feelings of anxiety do not begin with the morning alarm bell. Nope, the anxiety about going to work is felt throughout the night with fitful, restless sleep. The mere idea of entering the workplace…
Chronic Fatigue and Anxiety

How to Manage Chronic Fatigue and Anxiety

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Anxiety can leave us feeling perpetually wound and on edge. In fact, it is common to picture someone with anxiety as super high strung and irritable, ready to pounce. In reality, living with an anxiety disorder can be absolutely draining. Chronic…
bipolar and alcohol

The Connection Between Bipolar and Alcohol Abuse

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While the association between a mood disorder and co-occurring alcoholism is well established, the most prevalent dual diagnosis is the one involving bipolar disorder and alcohol. Although the science behind this particular comorbidity isn’t…
Debilitating Depression

When Depression Becomes Debilitating

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Anyone who has struggled through a period of deep melancholy can attest to the intense power of emotions it triggers. We all suffer the occasional emotional fallout associated with difficult life events or circumstances. Pain endured from loss…
difference between bipolar and manic depression

Is There a Difference Between Bipolar and Manic Depression?

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When wondering what is the difference between bipolar and manic depression it can be a bit confusing. These two terms are still used interchangeably, leaving the impression that they are two distinct mental health disorders. In reality, manic…