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Q&A with Anna Racicot, DH’s Wellness Coordinator

May 19, 2021

Q: You’re the Wellness Coordinator here at DH. What does that mean?

A: I act as the organizer for groups like our yoga therapy group, which is one of our most popular. We also have mindfulness and meditation which is a huge part of the recovery process in dealing with depression and anxiety – it’s really beneficial. We also introduced a music group which includes the use of music as a therapeutic tool and is highly effective – it’s really fun, too! The clients absolutely adore it.

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The Double Demons of Depression and Addiction

February 24, 2021

It is estimated that upwards of six in every 10 individuals with a drug abuse problem also have an associated mental health condition. This is known as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. There’s always a reason people start using drugs, and oftentimes it’s a pre-existing mental condition. It may be something as simple as curiosity that gets the ball rolling, but for some, there is a deeper reason to use drugs. Interestingly, it is a two-way street, as addiction may heighten the risk of developing a mental illness as well.

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COVID-19 and Depression

June 26, 2020

While business begins to return to normal within the next few months, we must continue to be cautious. Though restrictions are slowly lifting from the pandemic, its effects are still coming to be understood. A recent survey conducted by Harvard, Rutgers and a variety of other universities across the nation has found that twenty seven percent of people in the United States are exhibiting signs of moderate to severe depression, three times the amount that showed signs before Coronavirus. As healthcare professionals, this is extremely concerning for us. With a higher rate of depression comes greater risk of self-harm or…

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From Broken to Whole Again

April 12, 2017

Written by DH Women's Program, alumni family member, Beth O. March 2017 When I grew up, my mother was our caretaker and did everything for us. She put us through dance and gymnastics classes, voice lessons, drove us to soccer games and saved every last dollar from her two jobs to give us everything we needed and wanted. She was strong, smart and our rock when my father left us during the times we needed him most. I was in middle school and my sister was in elementary school. These were the years we needed our father, but he suffered…

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American Society: How It Contributes to Depression

August 30, 2016

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States today (1). In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported antidepressant drug use had skyrocketed by 400 percent over the last two decades. Antidepressants are the most commonly taken type of medication by people 18-44 years old. In 2008, 23 percent of women who were 40-59 years old were taking antidepressant medications (2). Women experience depression more often than men. Women experiencing depression may feel sad, worthless and guilty (3). While biology and hormones play a role in this difference in women's higher depression rates,…

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Does Smoking Cause Depression?

April 30, 2016

New information released by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that cigarette smoking among U.S. adults—those 18 years and older—has dropped to approximately 14.9 percent. Even with this encouraging trend in the decline of smoking among adults, it is sobering to consider that these statistics still mean there are over forty million adult smokers in America. The insidious health effects of smoking are well documented. More than 480,000 preventable deaths each year are attributed to cigarettes, along with significant increases in the risk for developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and many forms of cancer. Another Risk for Smokers In addition…

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Exercise and Depression

February 4, 2015

Can depression be helped through exercise? Research says yes! Right now in the US, around a tenth of the population suffers from depression, with women 70% more likely than men to be depressed at some point in their lives. Although more serious cases of depression may need to be professionally treated with medication and counseling, it has been shown that even moderate exercise can improve quality of life for someone struggling with depression. What Did the Research About Exercise and Depression Conclude? One study followed a sample of middle-aged women, who each reported at least ten symptoms of depression, who…

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Overcoming Depression and Addiction In 30 Days

January 19, 2015

Overcoming depression and addiction during a 30 day treatment program may seem like a tall order- and one that may be holding you back from seeking help. While 30 days may not be enough time for everyone to overcome depression and addiction, it is enough time to make a significant change in your life no matter who you are and what your situation is. There's no reason to wait. Depression and addiction often go hand in hand Depression and addiction often go hand in hand, and they are one of the most common dual diagnoses. A dual diagnosis is when…

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Are Depression and Addiction Hereditary?

January 7, 2015

Depression and addiction can sometimes be genetically-influenced. While not everyone who suffers from depression and addiction had to have a family history and not everyone with a family history will develop depression and addiction, people who do have a family history are faced with a significantly higher risk of developing them. The Genetic Link for Depression and Addiction Addiction has been shown to have a genetic link, as the children of clients of addiction face significantly greater risks of becoming addicted to substances themselves. This is outside of factors for environmental influences. Depression’s genetic connection is linked to a specific…

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Depression and Addiction: What You Need to Know As a Spouse

October 17, 2014

Depression and addiction is a common combination for a dual diagnosis. Learn more about what it means to have both depression and addiction, how depression and addiction are treated and how you may support your spouse in his efforts to get recovered. Depression and Addiction: A Frequent Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. It is not uncommon for the accompanying disorder to be a form of depression. Your spouse may have had depression prior to having an addiction. Some clients reach for substances such…

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