Paralyzed with Fear and Anxiety

Paralyzed with Fear and Anxiety

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If you have ever experienced a panic attack you know what it means to feel paralyzed with fear and anxiety. Panic attacks are like a tsunami of intense fear that appear out of nowhere, often without provocation, and sweep you up in a torrent…
understanding self harm

A Thorough Explanation to Help You Understand Self-Harm

Self-harm is a difficult topic to grapple with. Many people who have a history of self-harming behavior can explain pretty simply why they do it: it makes them feel better. However, for people who have no history of this behavior it can be hard…
i feel empty

I Feel Empty from Depression and Anxiety

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One day, just like that, it dawns on you. Suddenly you realize, “I feel empty.” For weeks you may have tried to valiantly push through your days, but the grip of anxiety and depression offered much resistance. Nothing can deplete your spirit…
fitness helps improve mental health

7 Ways Fitness Helps Improve Your Mental Health

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Mental health can be referred to as a level of physiological and psychological well being which entails functioning at a satisfactory standard of emotional and behavioral adjustment in society. A good mental health means you’re living a…
what is a Co-Occurring Disorder

7 Things You Need to Know About Co-Occurring Disorders

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In recent years co-occurring disorders have been gaining more and more attention. Previously referred to as dual diagnosis, a co-occurring disorder is the presence of a mental health disorder along with substance abuse. This condition often…
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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Why Is It Important To Fulfill Your Basic Needs? 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…
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…