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Are the Holidays Hurting Your Mental Health?
Sex and the General: A Small Drop in a Much Larger Bucket
Lighten Up: Look At Recovery With a Dash of Humor
PTSD Differences Among Men and Women
Yes, We Can Reduce Incidence of Suicide
Addiction Peeks in Unpleasant Weather
Does Willpower Play a Role in Addiction Recovery?
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Elements | November 13, 2012
If you listen to the media, the holidays are a set-up for stress, depression and even suicide. But is it true? Could the "most wonderful time of the year" be damaging to your mental health?
For some, the holidays are undoubtedly a difficult time. Expectations run high and often go unfulfilled; tough economic times put a damper on the good cheer; and family rifts and personal losses complicate even the happiest celebrations. But for the average person, the media hype is largely over-exaggerated.
Continue reading to learn ways to safeguard your sanity...
The current drama now playing out in the media related to General David Petraeus' affair is without question the tip of the iceberg in relation to a concern that is both under-recognized and misunderstood by military leaders and the general public.
While the majority of our military demonstrate great respect for their role and fully understand what it means to represent our nation at home and abroad, there are more than a few troubled soldiers, sailors, and enlisted officers who regularly engage in problem sexual behavior both on and off duty - an issue that profoundly affects the morality, dignity, and long-term health of our armed forces.
Read more by sex addiction expert Robert Weiss on Huffington Post...
The Ranch | October 26, 2012
Men and women are different. A few decades ago, that idea made the cover of major news magazines. But researchers are frequently confronted with differences between the sexes. A recent study on the mental health condition known as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suggests that gender differences may play a role in who is most vulnerable to developing the condition.
Reducing suicide mortality rates will happen primarily through raising awareness - not only among potentially suicidal individuals, but among their friends and family, educators, employers, the medical community, and the public at large. What everyone needs to understand, first and foremost, about suicide is that a suicidal state of mind is temporary. There are ways to recognize when an individual may be feeling suicidal, and there are ways to effectively help such an individual pass through the darkness that makes a person want to end his or her life.
Learn how to recognize the warning signs in a Huffington Post blog by our CEO, Dr. David Sack...
The Recovery Place | November 8, 2012
It is not uncommon to feel a little damper in your mood or feel the occasional episode of cabin fever during the long winter months, but for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) these feelings become so overwhelming that they hinder the individual from functioning normally. A scary fact is that with SAD's close association to depression, many individuals have also tried to self-medicate themselves by abusing drugs or alcohol in order to dull or forget about their pain.
If addiction is a chronic brain disease and not a matter of willpower, why do the work to get better? Isn't it pointless? Not so. Addicts start getting better when they take responsibility for their own sobriety. As anyone who has tried to strong-arm themselves into recovery knows, willpower alone is rarely enough to overcome addiction. Most addicts, at some point, want to quit.
Read more on Psychology Today...