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woman in a dress outside with pink clouds in the sky - pink cloud syndrome
07
Dec

Pink Cloud Syndrome: How Does It Affect Your Well-being?

After months or even years of scuffling with mental and emotional health, it’s no wonder that when proper treatment shows promise, you feel on top of the world. However, there’s a difference between a hopeful outlook for the future and pink cloud syndrome. Let’s take a closer look. Pink Cloud What Now? A common reference...
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cropped shot of women's hands putting ornaments on a holiday tree - drama-free holiday season
14
Nov

Planning a Drama-Free Holiday Season

Okay, if we’re honest, it’s possible that “drama-free” and “holiday season” are simply two ideas that don’t go together! All the proverbial hustle and bustle, traveling, and splitting time between places are common. But lingering aspects of the pandemic, as well as possible loneliness and isolation that sometimes accompanies this time of year, might also...
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man in his forties sitting at home on his couch looking bored or sad - languishing
12
Nov

What Is Languishing and How Does It Impact Your Mental Health?

When we think of someone flourishing in life, we notice their vitality, contagious energy, and general positivity. Languishing, a term popularized by psychologist and sociologist Corey Keyes, is the opposite of that. For some people, this state of being might only be temporary. For people with mental health issues, it can make managing their conditions...
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thin, athletic woman jogging outdoors during fall - bulimia nervosa
25
Oct

Understanding Bulimia Nervosa and How to Get Help

Eating disorders often have complicated origins: they’re not always about consuming too much or too little food. That behavior is a symptom of much greater mental health concerns. When someone suffers from bulimia nervosa, commonly known as bulimia, proper treatment includes not only understanding and modifying the condition, but also uncovering what prompted it and...
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woman laying in bed on her side - better sleep
20
Oct

Methods for Better Sleep

It’s common to think we can get by on little sleep occasionally, as we can always make it up later. In reality, we should pay close attention to our “sleep hygiene” and do all we can to get better rest. What Is Sleep Hygiene? The Sleep Foundation defines sleep hygiene as “a variety of different...
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plate that is also scales as place setting on an orange table - anorexia nervosa
14
May

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Although anorexia nervosa—also referred to as anorexia—seems like a modern disorder, physicians published papers about a form of the disorder in the late 1800s. However, in all this time, the definition has changed considerably. A Brief History of Anorexia Some researchers claim that doctors were trying to understand “a nervous consumption caused by sadness and...
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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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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 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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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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