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Gambling and Substance Abuse

People often tend to think of addiction as merely physical dependency on a substance. But if that were the case, detox alone would be enough for people to overcome severe…

Pandemic Stress Driving Parents to Drink

It’s no secret that isolation, stress, and boredom are triggers for alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus pandemic has delivered all three in spades. One particular demographic has been showing a disturbing increase in alcohol consumption: parents.  Parents Are Drinking…

South Nevada VA Pushes for Alternative Chronic Pain Treatment

Back pain. Chronic pain after an injury or surgery. Pain related to a chronic or terminal illness. There are a number of scenarios in which pain management is medically necessary….

Chronic Pain Patients and Addiction: Is Nevada in Crisis?

There is no doubt that opiate painkillers prescribed by well-intentioned doctors are the root cause of the opiate epidemic that has infected every stratus of our society in the United…

Levels of Depression: When Is Professional Treatment Needed?

A serious and common mental illness, depression is the number one cause of disability in the world, affecting about 350 million people, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Within the United States,…

What Is a Chronic Pain Management Program?

Globally, about 1.5 billion people, or 3-4 percent of the worldwide population, are thought to suffer from chronic pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine reports. Pain is a natural defense mechanism…

The Concerns of Self-Medicating Mental Illness

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in 2015 nearly 18 percent of adults in the United States suffered from some form of mental illness, often termed any mental illness,…

What Is Psychotic Depression?

Psychotic depression is a variant of major depressive disorder. Clinical depression or major depressive disorder (often abbreviated as MDD) is a psychiatric/psychological disorder that occurs when the primary manifestation of…

Can Panic Attacks Lead to Self-Medicating Behaviors?

Simply having a panic attack is not considered to be a mental health disorder. Panic attacks consist of periods of extreme anxiety (and they are sometimes referred to as anxiety attacks)…

Addressing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, often shortened to SAD, is a subset of major depression recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), which begins and ends at…

Is Behavioral Activation Effective in Treating Depression?  

Behavioral activation treatment is a behaviorally based treatment for depression that proposes that the internal factors often associated with the treatment of depression in such therapies as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…

10 Ways to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood in Recovery

In many parts of the country, February is still the dead of winter. Days are short and dark, and the weather can force people inside for days at a time….

History of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The information provided in this article is taken from the book The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel and from the journal articles: A brief historicity of…

The Negative Effects of Going Untreated for a Mental Health Disorder

There are a number of negative ramifications associated with not getting treatment for a mental health disorder. Certainly, mental health disorders will have specific types of risks or effects that…

Are There Risks of Taking ADHD Stimulant Medications and Alcohol?

ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a brain disorder characterized by ongoing inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactive tendencies that typically start in young childhood and can extend to adulthood….

Dissecting the Obsessive and Compulsive of OCD

This article discusses the features of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). There is also a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, which is not the same disorder as OCD; even though it shares…

Understanding the Types of Bipolar Disorder

Mental health clinicians and researchers in the fields of human behavior differentiate between the terms mood and affect in order to distinguish descriptive sources or observations on how an individual experiences or displays their…

6 Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

The definition and conceptualization of anxiety has undergone a change since its original clinical inception by pioneers in psychology and psychiatry like Sigmund Freud. According to the scholarly book that…

Treatment Medications for Depression and Their Addiction Risks

Antidepressant medications refer to several classes of drugs that are specifically designed for the treatment of clinical depression (major depressive disorder, MDD). These medications have also found utility in the treatment…

Examining Avoidant Personality Disorder and Addiction

Personality disorders represent long-standing patterns of behavior and inner subjective experiences (e.g., emotions, attitudes, beliefs, etc.) that significantly depart from expectations in the individual’s culture. These inner experiences and patterns of…

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Many of the psychological/psychiatric disorders are related to types of normal behaviors or feelings that many individuals typically possess; however, the disordered part of the behavior occurs when these behaviors…

Issues of Schizotypal Personality Disorder and Drug Abuse

Personality disorders constitute a group of psychiatric/psychological disorders that involve long-term behaviors, feelings, and patterns of thought that are relatively inflexible, lead to a number of serious issues with relationships and…

7 High-Risk Professions That Can Lead to PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that occurs in response to the direct experience of, witnessing others being involved in, or hearing of others being involved in an extremely traumatic…

What We Know about Adult ADHD

Few psychiatric/psychological disorders have generated more controversy than the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recent additions to diagnostic specifications by the American Psychiatric Association specifying qualifiers for the…

The Only Type of Schizophrenia 

Schizophrenia is a very serious psychiatric/psychological disorder that occurs in about one in 100 individuals.  This disorder is considered among the most serious and severe of all psychiatric/psychological disorders. Only…

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the Risk for Addiction

Pretty much everyone believes that positive self-esteem, or a positive attitude toward one’s own self-worth and personal value, is healthy. The notion of self-esteem is a bit of a slippery…

Compulsive Hoarding and Substance Abuse

For many years, individuals who displayed compulsive hoarding behaviors were diagnosed with a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that included the obsession not to discard certain items and resulting compulsions…

Being Diagnosed with a Mental Health Disorder

The information in this article is presented in an educational light and cannot be used to diagnose anyone with any type of mental health disorder. The only individuals qualified to…

Treating Comorbid Substance Abuse & Chronic Disease

Chronic medical conditions and substance abuse often co-occur — this type of co-occurrence is referred to as comorbidity. On the one hand, long-term, regular substance abuse can result in physical damage…

A List of Tests and Assessments to Diagnose Mental Health Disorders

There are a plethora of tests and assessment techniques that can be used to assist in the diagnosis of mental health disorders. This article will discuss the general categories of…

The Treatment Needs of Military Veterans with Drug Abuse & PTSD

Veterans are a unique population with unique treatment needs. Common challenges faced by military veterans include: Difficulty reintegrating into civilian life. Serious physical injuries, including brain injuries. Co-occurring disorders such…

Why Do Some Individuals Get PTSD While Others Do Not?

It is normal to experience fear and stress when experiencing a traumatic event.1 Fear and stress are vital to a person’s safety; they trigger physiological “fight-or-flight” responses that help people…

Treating PTSD & Substance Abuse in Victims of Domestic Violence

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NIPSVS), nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe violence at the hands of an intimate partner….

Can Ketamine Be Used to Treat Depression?

Within recent years, various organizations and individuals have studied the potential use of ketamine as a drug to treat depression. According to an article published in the Pharmaceutical Journal, various clinics…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse, and Recovery 

The Features of OCD As mentioned above, there are two primary features of OCD, according the American Psychiatric Association: Obsessions: These consist of intrusive and repetitive images, thoughts, or urges that lead to…

Understanding Schizophrenia and Addiction

Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disorder that can be characterized by any of the following symptoms: intellectual deterioration, emotional blunting, disorganized speech, disorganized behavior, social isolation, delusions, and/or hallucinations. Schizophrenia is…

Impulse Control Disorder and Drug Use 

The ability to control one’s impulses in favor of evaluating the situation, evaluating alternative actions, making plans, and avoiding engaging in actions that we may regret or may be harmful…

The Connection between Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

Personality is a concept that refers to a set of dynamic traits or characteristics that guide or drives a person’s pattern of thinking, feeling, relationships, and other behaviors in a relatively unique…

Issues involving ADHD and Substance Abuse 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is actually a heterogeneous set of disorders that are typically first noticed and diagnosed in children; however, new diagnostic criteria put forth by the American…

The History of Gambling & The Treatment of Problem Gamblers

Since time immemorial, human beings have been drawn to the lure of predicting the unpredictable and placing money on the outcome. The history of gambling stretches back thousands of years,…

Gambling Addiction and Substance Abuse

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association formally recognized gambling disorder as a disorder related to substance use disorders (as a form of addiction). Previously, pathological gambling had been listed with…

Living with Anxiety and Substance Abuse

Sometimes substance abuse co-occurs with other mental health disorders, and these cases of co-occurring disorders can complicate the symptoms and consequences of both conditions. Anxiety disorders are some of the most common…

Living with Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder is a challenging mental health condition that can interfere with a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. Compounded with substance abuse, it can be even more…

PTSD and Substance Abuse

General Overview of PTSD According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), PTSD occurs when a person is exposed to a catastrophic, violent, or accidental event that involves a threat of…

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

People who have co-occurring disorders have to wage a war on two fronts: one against the chemical substance (legal or illegal, medicinal or recreational) to which they have become addicted;…