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6 Signs of Enabling Behavior

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6 Signs of Enabling Behavior

The desire to help an addict is a commendable one. If the addicted person is someone you love, you may have no choice but to try to help that person. No doubt, after seeing how addiction severely affects the lives of millions of people, you will want to do as much as you can to encourage recovery. But in the meantime and even without realizing it, you can be enabling addiction with your actions or lack thereof. Enabling addiction is one of the most detrimental things you can do for an addict. According to Psych Central, enabling involves taking or avoiding actions in order to remove the...

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Three Decades of Legislation and the Changing Views on Mental Health

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Three Decades of Legislation and the Changing Views on Mental Health

Since 1985, there have been notable changes in the legislation surrounding mental health. There have also been sweeping changes in the way individuals view mental health and mental illness in the United States. This long and winding journey is actually very rich with history. By understanding the history of mental health management in the United States, we can better understand how and why treatment works the way it does today. A Brief History of Mental Health Law Since 1980 In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed in the Mental Health Systems Act, which worked to restructure the community...

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PTSD and Medical Emergencies

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PTSD and Medical Emergencies

A medical emergency is already a complex and dangerous situation. When an individual with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is involved on some level with the event, the risks and complexities of the situation may be increased. This is true whether the individual with PTSD is the victim, or is in some other way involved in the medical emergency. When the Individual with PTSD is the Victim There are unique challenges related to a medical emergency when the victim has PTSD. The biggest risk is that the specifics of the medical emergency can trigger the individual to re-experience the...

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Are Process Addictions Medically Recognized?

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Are Process Addictions Medically Recognized?

Whether or not the medical community recognizes process addictions depends on the type of process and the particular treatment program. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), not all process addictions are recognized. For instance, conditions like excessive video game use can be considered a process addiction, but the DSM does not currently list it as a disorder. However, the DSM does list video gaming disorder as an area that requires more research. Gambling disorder is the only process addiction...

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Autism and Process Addictions

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Autism and Process Addictions

Certain people are at a higher risk of developing addictions and behavioral issues than others. This may be because of environmental and/or genetic factors. Autism is a very complex developmental disorder that affects behavioral, mental and emotional processes. There are several different conditions that are a part of the autism spectrum and each can affect the individual in different ways. Individuals with autism often find comfort in repetitive and even obsessive behaviors to keep them feeling grounded. They may also be prone to social isolation and have difficulty interacting with others....

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What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

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What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

Even with the prescription drug epidemic soaring to new heights every single day, the Food and Drug Administration just approved what most view as the most dangerous drug on the market – Zohydro. Unlike most prescription painkillers, Zohydro is pure hydrocodone, while other drugs are usually cut with another lesser strength painkiller in an effort to make them less addictive. Hydrocodone is considered one of the most addictive substances available, and now it is being sold in prescription pill bottles across the country. While people will continue to struggle with addiction to prescription...

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