Self Esteem – High Not Low Self Esteem Effects Success

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Self-esteem is cherished by the mainstream and viewed as a panacea – a cure-all formula for living a healthy, happy life. Taken at surface value, the concept of being more confident and improving the chances of success feels good, but how true is this perception? Increasing self-confidence is the focus of many self-help gurus who … Read more

The Meaning of Codependency and Codependent Behaviors

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While most of us may not fully understand the meaning of codependency, we probably know somebody that is in a codependent relationship. Would you be surprised to hear that codependency affects the majority of Americans? The root cause of suffering is the loss of connection, especially the connection with your core self. Often this loss … Read more

October is Depression Awareness Month

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During Depression Awareness Month in October, we’ll be raising awareness to help people who are suffering with depression. We’ll also stand with others for National Depression Screening Day on October 10. This awareness event is held every year on Thursday of the first full week in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week. To better understand … Read more

A Month of Awareness: National Recovery Month + Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month to create awareness about each of these important mental health issues that sometimes intersect. Let’s begin by giving you some framework on how to best think about addiction. Imagine a close friend or family member is diagnosed with heart disease. Then, despite the fact that … Read more

10 Self Care Ideas and Tips for Self Care Awareness Month

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Protecting our physical and mental wellbeing has to be a priority in our life, which is why taking advantage of helpful self care ideas and discovering new self care tips is so important. The month of September is recognized as National Self Care Awareness Month so it’s the perfect time to practice self-care ideas and … Read more

Situational Depression Symptoms and Treatment

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Life has a way of throwing unexpected curveballs at us that cause stress, anxiety, and sometimes something more serious like situational depression. Really, the only prediction we can make about life is that it is unpredictable. There’s no escaping the surprise twists and turns that come at us from the earliest of ages. As adults, … Read more

High Functioning Depression Symptoms and Treatment

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High Functioning Depression is sometimes called “Functional Depression,” but is formally known as “Persistent Depressive Disorder” and is just one type of depression affecting millions of people around the world. Most people can identify with the occasional feeling of slogging through a day or a week’s worth of responsibilities with some difficulty. In the background … Read more

Serotonin Syndrome Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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Serotonin Syndrome is not something many people are familiar with, but anyone taking antidepressant medications or SSRIs for depression or mood disorders should be aware of it. In the last two decades, serotonin has become a buzzword associated with good health, and for good reason. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, that is primarily … Read more

Substance Induced Disorders Causes and Treatment

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The consequences of alcohol and drug abuse can be dire for some people, and left untreated, the disease of addiction can rob them of their livelihoods, their closest relationships, or their freedom. Even for people without a history of substance abuse, drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, leading to what’s … Read more

Seasonal Depression – Symptoms and Treatment

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The fall and winter seasons can be exceptionally beautiful, as trees shed their leaves and give way to colder temperatures and a blanket of snow in some parts of the country. However, this time of year can also bring on mental health challenges, such as seasonal depression. The added isolation of quarantine, because of the … Read more