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What Is C-PTSD? Causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are a person who has experienced repetitive, long-term captivity or abuse, you can develop a disorder known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD. The causes of complex post-traumatic stress disorder are usually a series of traumas that occur over a long period of time, rather than by a single traumatic event. Being…

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How to Help a Loved One Suffering From Post-Acute Withdrawal

What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal? After a prolonged period of substance abuse, a drug user who enters recovery will go through three main phases: detox, acute withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal. During the detox period, it is important that the patient be supervised by trained medical professionals as some drugs can cause life-threatening conditions during the detox…

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Depression, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness in the Military

A 2007 CBS News story recounted the life of a soldier, Staff Sgt. Daniel Shannon, who had been injured in combat and subsequently suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Shannon was prone to violent outbursts, where he would find himself destroying furniture in fits of rage. Sadly, stories like his are common; as the wars…

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How Agitated Depression Is Different From Typical Depression

There are many different forms of clinical depression, including agitated depression. Agitated depression is different from typical depression. Therefore, though the names and some of the symptoms may appear similar, it is important to distinguish between major depression, agitated depression and other clinical disorders because their treatments vary significantly. What Does Typical Depression Look Like?…

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Relationships

Do You Love Someone With BPD? It’s the “I hate you; don’t leave me” syndrome. Borderline personality disorder relationships are fraught with intensive highs and extreme lows. People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are on a rollercoaster of unpredictable mood shifts, engulfing feelings of insecurity and self-destructive behaviors — and all too often, they take…