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Anxiety and Marijuana

Marijuana is often treated by frequent users as a means to alleviate, even if temporarily, moderate to extreme anxiety. This connotation is popular, especially among adolescents and young adults. However, anxiety and marijuana interact in more ways than just reduction—and not always beneficially. Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders…

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Depression and Self Harm

A positive correlation exists between marijuana smokers and those diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The specifics of this relationship are still under scrutiny, with researchers working to determine whether smoking marijuana causes depression, if depressed people are more prone to begin smoking, or some interplay between the two. This research also extends to the…

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Common Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Whether you’re concerned for a loved one who has started painkillers or plan on beginning them yourself, knowing how they can affect you means a decreased risk of forming an addiction. Learning the early signs of painkiller abuse is critical in preventing addiction. Painkiller abuse affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year and regularly…

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Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

Seeking treatment for addiction can be a tremendous challenge. There are so many different approaches to recovery care, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. How can you tell which approach is right for you or your loved one? Behavioral therapy is one of the commonly used methods of treating addiction and can work well…

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Tips for Living with Depression

Millions of Americans live with some form of depression. Although there are many treatments and medicines available, and new ones are being developed all the time, daily life with depression can still be challenging at times. Living with depression takes courage, strength, and creativity. Learning some tips and techniques to help make daily life a…

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PTSD and Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) are often experienced at the same time. The link between PTSD and addiction can be strong, making it complicated to treat clients who are dealing with both disorders. However, our understanding of the best ways to help people experiencing the aftermath of trauma and struggling with…

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Understanding Separation Anxiety in Adults

Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage for very young children. In some children, it becomes so disruptive that treatment is required. However, many people do not realize that adults can also suffer from separation anxiety. There are many types of anxiety, not all of which are severe enough to require professional treatment. Still, when…

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Self-Harm and Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. Millions of people all over the world have experienced a depression severe enough to be considered clinical. Coping with depression can be especially difficult because the nature of the condition makes it hard to think about and do the things that would be most likely…