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Tracey L. Kelley
worried looking woman at home with mask on - COVID and mental illness
15
Apr

COVID and Mental Illness

The impact of coronavirus is more than just physical or economical. Mentally and emotionally, most people feel the strain of the pandemic in numerous ways. The question now is, how do we heal from it, and where do we turn for help? COVID Simply Isn’t Over Yet As of this writing, there are nearly 30...
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digital illustration of human brain with neurons and transmitters - antidepressant withdrawal
28
Mar

Facts About Antidepressant Withdrawal

Many physicians prescribe antidepressants for individuals with mood disorders such as anxiety, chronic pain, and depression. In certain circumstances, medication is only necessary for a short time, while other diagnoses might require a change in the prescription dosage or a different type as part of effective long-term treatment. If you need to stop taking antidepressants,...
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military training - man saluting his superior - veterans
18
Mar

Helping Veterans With Mental Illness

According to the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), approximately 30 percent of U.S. reserve and active military personnel—roughly 730,000 women and men—returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have mental health conditions requiring treatment, including PTSD and depression. However, less than 50 percent receive the care they need. Why? The Hidden Culture Within American military ranks...
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closeup image of eye with lens flare - brainspotting
01
Mar

What Is Brainspotting and How Will It Help You?

Treatment for substance addiction, co-occurring disorders, process addictions, and mood conditions might not be effective without taking into account an individual’s full life and experiences. One aspect often overlooked in cookie-cutter approaches is the impact of trauma. Many therapeutic approaches can effectively address trauma, including a relatively new application: brainspotting. How Trauma Affects the Brain...
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woman in bed asleep at home - ambien addiction
14
Feb

What to Expect With Ambien Addiction Treatment

It’s sometimes hard to understand that supposedly helpful medication can end up causing problems. Such is the case with many sleep aids, including Ambien. When receiving treatment for this habit-forming drug, there are both physical and psychological aspects to consider. Facts About Ambien When people struggle with insomnia due to addiction detox, chronic pain, grief,...
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woman looking stressed, with hand on head, thinking - willpower
26
Jan

Willpower, Addiction, and Recovery

Too often, someone who doesn’t understand addiction as a brain disease might say, “Well, if they really wanted to quit, they would.” This myth is all too common, and makes it even more challenging for people to consider substance abuse treatment and recovery. Willpower alone can’t help stop addiction—but it might aid aspects of recovery...
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illustration of woman looking into full length mirror, seeing herself larger than she is - eating disorder treatment
12
Jan

Eating Disorder Treatment at Cottonwood

Eating disorders are complex and frightening for many people. It’s imperative for a person with an eating disorder to receive comprehensive, individualized treatment to regain whole health. Here’s what to expect. What Are Eating Disorders? The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides this definition for eating disorders: “serious medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances...
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Dr. Aaron Wilson, MD - Medical Director at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health treatment center in Arizona
08
Dec

Let’s Be Clear: Diagnosis Clarity Paves a Path that Leads to Hope

Effective treatment for mental health conditions requires a deep understanding of individuals and their experiences. For Aaron Wilson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Cottonwood Tucson, that understanding, above all else, must begin with a quest for diagnostic clarity. An inaccurate diagnosis can result in a cascade of issues to follow, such as treatment resistance that...
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pretty dark haired woman smiling while sitting on couch in room with Christmas tree - holiday season
02
Dec

How to Have a Sober Holiday Season

Whether you’re newly sober or in long-term recovery, the holiday season can be both full of joy and full of stress. It’s easy to be boxed in by lofty expectations, even with the best intentions. If you use a 12-Step program as one of your sobriety wellness tools, it’s easier to understand why even the...
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Black Dad in front seat of car high-fiving his daughter in the backseat - holiday season road trip
18
Nov

Enjoying a Memorable 2020 Holiday Season

Without a doubt, the majority of us will be happy to leave 2020 behind. As the holidays approach, we might still be navigating the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications we’ve experienced these past few months, as well as adjusting to a new “normal.” But if we keep our expectations flexible, 2020 could bring the best...
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