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People living with addiction have brain differences that need treatment, but stigma often stands in their way.
Mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD) often occur together. It’s unclear which issue happens first, but each can contribute to the other.
Genetics and early exposure to trauma are two factors that can increase your chance of developing SUD. Your genes may account for 40% to 60% Trusted Source of your vulnerability to addiction.
Step 1: Stopping unwanted behaviors.
If you’ve tried different diets to help with food obsessions, binge eating, or emotional eating, you may have come to the conclusion that your food and body-image issues are not about food. These issues are about how you use food to deal with your emotions, experiences from your past, and beliefs that have resulted from past hurts or traumas. By working on your food and body image issues on a deeper level, you can expect your healing to also be deeper and more sustainable.
Learn why your anxiety may be about fear of the unknown and what to do about it.
A One of the first things I explain to my anxious clients when they come in for therapy is that avoidance maintains anxiety; anything you do to avoid or escape anxiety triggers in the short-term gives you more anxiety in response to those triggers in the long-term.
Along with the usual treatments for depression, there are some things you can do to feel better in the moment.
When you’re living with depression, you might feel like you’ll never feel better. This is partly because things that you used to love doing don’t hold the same appeal anymore.
You also don’t have the same energy levels, so chores pile up. Some days, even getting out of bed or taking a shower can feel just too hard.
How words can affect someone's mental health and be a barrier to treatment.
Language matters, especially when it comes time to mental health and addiction. Fortunately, how we view mental health and addiction has improved dramatically over the past few decades, and even in recent years, we still have a long way to go.
Here's how you can address feeling overwhelmed or distressed in social situations.
If you feel out of practice socializing after the last few years of social distancing, you’re not alone. If you feel more anxious than usual when leaving the house to socialize, that’s also totally normal, as is occasionally feeling overwhelmed or out of your element in large crowds.
Getting yourself out of the emotional soup.
Did you know that there is a hidden force that drives behaviors associated with food addiction, emotional eating, and binge eating?
Here’s one patient’s story to illustrate that:
Feeling anxious from time to time doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anxiety disorder. Here’s how you can tell which one you’re experiencing.
You might be thinking, “I feel anxious — does that mean I have a mental health condition?”
he answer is “It depends.” Anxiety disorders aren’t uncommon, but it’s also important to remember that anxiety is a natural and universal human response.