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How to Recognize That You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

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How to Recognize That You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

Receiving a mental health diagnosis or a substance abuse diagnosis can be a devastating blow. Particularly when you don’t know much about the subject, it can be easy to remember misconceptions of your condition that might have been stigmas in the past. Even more, a person can feel defined by the diagnosis along with others who share the diagnosis. These misconceptions are limiting in more than one way. First, it can make you lose sight of what makes you unique and therefore leave you following only what others are doing to recover instead of finding what really works for you. Second, it can...

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Coping with a Hypomanic Episode

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Coping with a Hypomanic Episode

A hypomanic episode is usually associated with bipolar disorder. It is not a disorder itself, but an episode. Although hypomanic episodes have some of the same symptoms as manic episodes that are also part of bipolar disorder, there are two main differences: the mood is not usually severe enough to interfere with work or social situations and hypomanic episodes have no psychotic features. Coping with a loved one who is at times hypomanic, means understanding the symptoms and behaviors associated with the episodes. Hypomanic Episode Symptoms Hypomanic episodes are primarily characterized by a...

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Can Postpartum Depression Lead to Addiction?

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Can Postpartum Depression Lead to Addiction?

Since the medical community recognized depression as a serious disease, they have provided considerable understanding and help for people who suffer from depressive conditions. In the past, stigmas and misconceptions usually made it difficult for a sufferer to receive medical care and therapy, so such conditions would remain hidden and thereby cause other negative health conditions such as addiction. Postpartum Depression and Addiction Soon after their babies are born, some mothers experience what is commonly known as “the baby blues.” This condition is both normal and common, and it...

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Succeeding at Your Sober Resolutions

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Succeeding at Your Sober Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are an American ritual, even if most resolutions are never successful. But a resolution to stay sober is nothing to be taken lightly. Many individuals in recovery, and even those not yet in recovery, make resolutions to quit drinking at the beginning of the year. These are serious promises, and with work and a support system they can open the door to a healthier life. There are several keys to increase your chances of keeping a sober lifestyle. Tell Loved Ones About Your Resolution The biggest mistake many individuals make when they decide to make a New Year’s...

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Should I Get a Second Opinion on My Mental Health Diagnosis?

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Should I Get a Second Opinion on My Mental Health Diagnosis?

Mental health disorders are complex conditions that can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms vary from person to person and every individual, every circumstance, and even every doctor will vary. Patients have a right to obtain a second opinion for their mental illness diagnosis if there are any doubts. And although a health professional appears to be positive in his diagnosis, there are certain benefits in getting a second opinion to make sure you receive the best available mental health help. Why a Mental Illness Diagnosis Could Be Inaccurate Doctors can sometimes make inaccurate or...

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How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

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How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Every addict knows how much drug abuse changes people, so rehab programs have patients invest considerable time and effort to get and stay clean. The recovery process is not a passive one, but one that patients must actively engage to see success. Sometimes therapy occurs on emotional and cognitive levels, which is where all kinds of art therapy come into play. Art Therapy for Addiction Recovery To come to grips with addiction and how to recover, many patients use art therapy, which has patients go through a creative process to reveal their feelings and thoughts regarding drug abuse. Patients...

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