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Treatment Centers Available for Depression and Self-Harm

Throughout the United States, millions of teens and young adults engage in acts of non-suicidal self-harm. The act of self-harming does not usually have a single cause. Instead, it is a maladaptive coping with overwhelming emotional pain, anger, frustration, or sadness. Self-harm is usually a symptom of an underlying mental health disorder and is commonly…

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How to Help Someone Who Is Self-Harming

Learning that a friend or family member is engaging in self-harm can be deeply upsetting. You may feel frightened for their safety and confused or angry about why they are doing this to themselves. For a long time, self-injurious behavior was wrongly categorized as “attention-seeking” behavior. On the contrary, most self-harm individuals go to great…

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When Is Residential Mental Health Treatment Necessary?

According to estimates, nearly one in five adults in the United States is suffering from a mental health disorder at any given time. Of the millions affected, roughly half will never receive treatment. For those who seek treatment, the different levels of care and types of programs to choose from can make selecting the best…

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Does Alcohol Amplify Depression Symptoms?

Depression and alcohol abuse affects millions of people worldwide. While it cannot be said that one causes the other, the two are deeply interconnected. Estimates predict that nearly one-third of people who suffer from major depression also have an alcohol use disorder. In many cases, alcohol abuse is a symptom of depression, as individuals turn…

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Benefits of Residential Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that usually manifests in early adulthood. People with borderline personality disorder have difficulty managing their behavior and emotions, which often results in significant impairment in their daily functioning. Individuals with BPD also struggle to maintain healthy relationships. As with most mental health disorders, there is no…

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Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress, and in normal doses, can be beneficial to our overall well-being. When anxiety is chronic or persistent, though, it is harmful to our mental and physical health. Every year, tens of millions of Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder…

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What Does Treatment for Schizoaffective Disorder Look Like?

Schizoaffective disorder is a relatively rare chronic mental health disorder affecting less than one percent of the population. Those affected exhibit symptoms similar to schizophrenia (hallucinations and delusions) and bipolar disorder (mania and depression), though not necessarily at the same time. Because of this, individuals suffering from schizoaffective disorder are often initially misdiagnosed and improperly…

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3 Ways to Heal From Self-Harm

We all experience difficult times when we feel overwhelmed by feelings like stress, anger, frustration, and sadness. However, it can be a challenge for many to find ways to cope with these feelings healthily. People who suffer from substance use or mental health disorders can especially struggle to utilize appropriate coping mechanisms. Unfortunately, turning to…

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Signs I Could Benefit from Behavorial Therapy

Mental health therapy is a crucial part of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. There are five broad types of psychotherapy: psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies; integrative or holistic therapy; humanistic therapy; cognitive therapy; and behavioral therapy. Each of these approaches has its own goals, utilizes its different techniques, and has its benefits. Behavioral therapy…

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How CBT Can Aid Addiction Recovery

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based talk therapy often used to treat substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Evidence-based means that CBT is clinically proven to be effective. Many traditional therapies rely on the therapist-patient relationship to uncover past events that might impact current behavior. However, CBT focuses on how changing current patterns…