Mental Health

Understanding PTSD Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, affects about 13 million Americans every year.  However, despite the numbers, PTSD continues to be vastly misunderstood.  Over the years, PTSD cases began increasing which led the US senate to designate June as PTSD Awareness Month in 2014.   PTSD Awareness Month is a time dedicated to raising public

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Why we need Mental Health Awareness Month

In a world bustling with activity and demands of daily life, the significance of mental health often takes a backseat. However, every May, we have an opportunity to acknowledge what is so often overlooked: Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month highlights the grave importance of caring for our mental health. This annual observance

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Two medical professionals performing Dual Diagnosis treatment plans.

The Power of a Dual Diagnosis therapist

In the world of recovery, addiction is often a more nuanced topic than many give it credit for.  When someone is struggling with addiction, it is not uncommon for there to be an underlying mental health disorder that either leads to or feeds into the substance abuse.  This is called dual diagnosis, and treatment has

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Bullying and Mental Health

How Does Bullying Affect Mental Health?

Bullying is a pervasive and harmful behavior that can have severe and long-lasting effects on the mental health and well-being of those involved. It is a form of aggression, involving repeated, intentional, and hurtful actions towards another individual, often with the intent to assert power and control. Bullying can take various forms, including physical, verbal,

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Does Trauma Cause Addiction?

What is Trauma, Exactly?  In mental health terms, trauma is an emotional response to an intensely upsetting or overwhelming event or series of events that can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Things like serious car accidents, military combat, sexual assault or abuse can all be sources of trauma. Those

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