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The Relationship Between Manic Depression, Suicide and Addiction

If you have a loved one with manic depression who also suffers from a substance use disorder, you probably know all too well the self-destructive behaviors associated with these co-occurring illnesses, including an increased risk of attempted suicide.

The most important thing you can do to help your loved one is to understand how manic depression, addiction, and suicide are related and what the research says about the best way to treat someone with these co-occurring disorders. Once you arm yourself with this information, you’ll likely find a renewed sense of hope, and that alone can help both you and your loved one approach treatment with a positive state of mind that will help improve the chances of long-term recovery.

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Psychology and Addiction Recovery

When a loved one abuses drugs or alcohol, it raises concerns about her health and future. Since drug abuse stems from multiple causes like traumatic experiences, mental health disorders or even physical accidents, a treatment program must evaluate the needs of each individual before creating a plan of action.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) states that an effective treatment program assists with the emotional and psychological needs of a loved one. Psychology plays a key role in addiction recovery because it helps a loved one learn valuable skills to avoid addiction and substance abuse in the future.

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Mental Health Treatment and Insurance – How Do I Know if I am Covered?

Mental health treatment does not have to be paid fully out of pocket. Learn how to find out exactly what kind of mental health treatment insurance coverage you may receive so you can make the step forward to receiving the treatment you need.

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Leann Rimes Enters Rehab for Stress and Anxiety Treatment

Singer LeAnn Rimes checked herself into a 30-day stress and anxiety treatment program shortly after her 30th birthday to deal with stress and anxiety issues. Although there have been rumors circulating about the possibility of Rimes seeking eating disorder treatment, her spokesman has denied that Leann Rimes will be receiving any treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, only that she has entered rehab for stress and anxiety treatment.

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5 Recognizable Anxiety Disorder Symptoms in Men

Anxiety disorders are often thought to be female mental health conditions, even though they affect both sexes regularly. According to research, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as men, but that statistic can be a bit misleading.

It is widely accepted that American men are actually under-diagnosed as a population when it comes to anxiety disorders. This is thanks to the cultural values that are drilled into men’s heads from birth with regard to the notion that men are to be pillars of unshakable strength. They are never to show signs of weakness and there should never be a problem that they cannot overcome or solve on their own.

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Combating Depression After the Holidays

Depression affects millions of Americans every year, but none more so than in the immediacy following the holiday season. Feeling depressed and let down after the holidays come to an end is so common in our society that it has its own nickname – the post-holiday blues.

A substantial number of people experience these post-holiday blues, only to shake them off after a brief period of time by focusing on other things. Things aren’t quite so simple for the recovering addict. The depression that can sink into the brain of the former user, as a result of “the big let down”, can be devastating and enough to push them over the edge into substance abuse again. We are going to examine the different causes of the post-holiday blues, as well as an effective strategy to combat them.

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Anxiety in Men and Its Hidden Identifying Symptoms

Anxiety in men manifests itself differently than anxiety in women. For starters, it can often be difficult to diagnose a man as having an anxiety disorder, as men are known to repress their symptoms and therefore aren’t prone to discussing them.

Men will often try to soothe their symptoms of anxiety with drugs and alcohol, rather than consult a doctor, like women are more inclined to do. This is most likely why women are statistically “more likely” to suffer from anxiety than men are, as men will continuously strive to figure out ways to cope with their symptoms and suffer in silence.

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Bipolar Disorder in Women Commonly Misdiagnosed

Bipolar disorder in women is misdiagnosed almost three times as often as it is in men. Without question, bipolar disorder can be challenging for even trained professionals to properly diagnose the first time around. Since the calling card of this psychiatric condition is recurring bouts of depression (the depressive phase), mixed with an unusually elevated mood (the manic phase), it can be easy to see how a doctor can miss the mark.

Traditionally, women experience the depressive phase of bipolar disorder more intensely than they do the manic phase, and men are known to experience the opposite. This is almost certainly a huge factor in why bipolar disorder in women is commonly misdiagnosed as major depression rather than the two-pronged illness that it is.

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Learning to Live with an Anxiety Disorder

Forty million Americans currently suffer from an anxiety disorder, a statistic that has been skyrocketing over the last few decades, but why? In spite of the vast number of women diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder – twice as many as men, anxiety in women is actually thought to be under-diagnosed in the United States.

One large reason for that is the average time between the onset of symptoms and when a woman finally gets a diagnosis is an astonishing 9 to 12 years according to Dr. Robert Leahy, a clinical professor of psychology and psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He also adds that only a very small percentage of women with an anxiety disorder get adequate treatment.

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Understanding Depression in Women

Depression in women affects one out of every eight women in the United States according to the National Mental Health Association. Even with depression being so common, there’s still a great deal about the illness that the average person doesn’t know.

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