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26
Jan

New Recommendations for Depression Screening

Depression is a mental illness which affects millions of Americans, if left untreated the results can be dire. It is mental health disorder that is often seen in the field of addiction, as many of those who abuse drugs and alcohol commonly suffer from depression as well. A significant number of people suffering from depression...
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22
Dec

Using Ayahuasca to Beat Addiction?

There are a number of drugs that exist that can have a profound impact on the mind, yet many people who use drugs illicitly have never heard of them. What’s more, some people claim that certain drugs can help break the cycle of addiction. Drugs with hallucinogenic properties are believed to open doors to spiritual...
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06
Oct

Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle – A Conspiracy of Silence

It’s time to talk about addiction in a different way. It is time for the nation to treat addiction and mental illness in the same way as we do other potentially debilitating diseases. At the forefront of changing the dialogue about addiction is former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy....
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20
Aug

Empathy and Compassion to Fight Mental Illness

Time and time again, Americans are forced to confront what can happen when mental illness goes untreated. Every year, shocking stories about horrific events involving someone suffering from mental illness flash across our television screens. As a nation, we all sit aghast at the tragedies which unfold at the hands of the mentally ill, and...
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22
Jul

Childhood Mental Health Disorders May Lead to Adulthood Issues

A new study suggests that children diagnosed with mental health disorders are more likely to experience problems in adulthood. Researchers from Duke University found that children with a mental illness were six times more likely to have trouble as young adults, compared to those without psychiatric disorders, a news release from Duke Medicine reports. The...
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08
Jul

Taking Antipsychotics Without A Diagnosed Mental Health Disorder

In the field of addiction treatment, medications are sometimes used off-label in place of medications that can be habit forming. While drugs like Seroquel XR ® (Quetiapine ER), an atypical antipsychotic, have been approved for treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, the drug has proven beneficial and is commonly used off-label to treat anxiety...
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03
Jul

Breaking Down The Stigma of Mental Illness

Despite mental illness affecting millions of Americans, there is a lot of stigma surrounding the disease. While we have come a long way with breaking down the stigma that accompanies mental illness, there are still plenty of misconceptions that people have about conditions such as bipolar disorder and depression. It is quite difficult for people...
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11
Mar

Suicide In Rural America: Isolation, Stigma and Firearms

Have you ever lived in a rural community? Rural America can be simultaneously beautiful and isolating. You might find this to be an unusual question. Have you ever lived in a rural community? Based on the 2010 census only 19.3% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas, while 80.7% of the population resided in...
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06
Mar

Campaign To Change Direction, Give An Hour and Easter Seals

Are you ready to join the Campaign to Change Direction? Click to Enlarge This week a number of people and organizations are talking about the Campaign to Change Direction. According to the website: “The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together...
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30
Jan

Mental Illness Affects One In Four Adults…

Here are the numbers… Mental illness affects one in four (1 in 4) adults. The National Institute of Mental Health wants us to understand that gathering statistics on mental illness is always a work in progress. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the following facts and numbers: One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million...
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