Archive by category Mental Health

How The Right Diet Can Help Your Depression Recovery

How The Right Diet Can Help Your Depression Recovery

By Dana Leigh Smith A healthy diet has many benefits ranging from stroke and cancer prevention to weight control. Unfortunately depression isn’t preventable, so munching on nutrient-packed foods can’t ward off the condition. Diet Tips To Aid Your Depression Recovery But don’t write off the power of eating right all together: Consuming certain nutrients and […]

Perfectionism And Suicide Risk – How To Help

Perfectionism And Suicide Risk – How To Help

By Eric Metcalf, MPH @EricMetcalfMPH Perfectionism is associated with a number of mental health concerns including suicide, and the link between perfectionism and suicide may be even stronger than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the September 2014 issue of the journal Review of General Psychology. In it, the authors note […]

How To Spend Time Alone Without Feeling Lonely

How To Spend Time Alone Without Feeling Lonely

By Linda Wasmer Andrews @lindawandrews Loneliness is a lousy feeling. People with an addiction may try to dull the feeling with alcohol, drugs or compulsive Internet use. Yet addictive behavior not only fails to solve the problem. It may actually worsen it by isolating people from others and causing them to feel more disconnected than […]

Using Biological Factors To Differentiate Schizophrenia From Psychotic Bipolar Disorder

Using Biological Factors To Differentiate Schizophrenia From Psychotic Bipolar Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, more commonly referred to as the DSM, is the primary tool used by clinicians attempting to diagnose and treat patients with mental illness. The DSM-V, the most up-to-date version, outlines characteristic symptoms to help professionals discern between a wide variety of mental illnesses. Some share many of […]

How Is Codependency Linked To Addiction?

How Is Codependency Linked To Addiction?

Codependency is not a diagnosable mental health condition, but it is an issue that therapists often see in the lives of their patients. It is also an issue that is frequently linked to substance abuse and addiction. Codependent personality disorder usually has its origins in childhood experiences, as does substance abuse. Together these two problems […]

Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric condition that affects around 1 percent of the population. It can be a debilitating illness without proper treatment, and even with treatment, can severely limit a person’s ability to participate in the routine activities of life. The illness is characterized by delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Gene […]

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice […]