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Archives for Mental Health

Dealing With a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

by Jessica B. October 30th, 2013 | Health Observance, Mental Health
This month is breast cancer awareness month, and like every month, there will be thousands of women who get the devastating diagnosis that they will have to fight this disease. Getting a cancer diagnosis can be a challenge to anyone’s mental health, but thanks to the rising awareness of breast cancer, there are many ways for patients to help make sure they are taking care of their mental health while they are fighting breast cancer. Here are a few steps to take:

1) Join a support group – Most hospitals run a wide variety of support groups, so you should
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Fall into Fitness for Your Mental Health

by Jessica B. September 4th, 2013 | Health Observance, Mental Health
Fall is slowly approaching, and by taking small steps to fall into fitness, you can find that you not only improve your physical health but your mental health as well. Fall can be a challenge, mentally for many. I know shorter days and longer nights, rainy weather and long gray days can drain me mentally as I get ready to deal with winter SAD (Seasonally affected depression), so a great fitness program can really help stave off these problems before they begin. Here are some tips for aiming towards a successful ‘fall into fitness.’

Make it a habit – They
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When to Seek Rehab

by Jessica B. August 7th, 2013 | Mental Health
If Hollywood was any sort of measuring stick, you would be certain that everyone and their mother was checking into rehab on a regular basis. Exhaustion, stress, addiction...the answer to any public scandal these days is a stint in rehab. But if you are a person out of the headlines, and who will have to be arguing with their insurance company about payment, getting expensive in-patient treatment can be a complicated and lengthy affair. Here is how you know it may be time to do so.

1) Professional advice – If your trusted mental health provider, or even your general
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Dual Diagnosis: Alcoholism and Mental Illness

by Jessica B. April 16th, 2013 | Mental Health
This month is Alcohol Awareness Month, and there has been a lot of discussion involving alcohol and alcohol treatment. One of the major issues in treating and dealing with alcohol addiction is that it can often go hand in hand with other mental illnesses. Many undiagnosed sufferers of mental illness use alcohol to self medicate, leading to complications including alcoholism. This leads to treatment issues, as doctors need to work on treating both the addiction and the underlying mental illness.

Using Alcohol to Cope

For sufferers of anxiety, depression, and other conditions, alcohol can at first seem like a comfortable way
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

by Jessica B. December 27th, 2012 | Mental Health
Do you feel sad in the winter? Or do you feel SAD? Seasonal affective disorder strikes many people, and the further north you live the higher your risk. While many people might roll their eyes at the idea of SAD being an actual disease, they are probably living somewhere a bit closer to the equator.

Symptoms of SAD: Do you tend to start showing signs of depression when the winter rolls around? Is your idea of a good time curling up under the covers and closing your eyes? Do you start packing on the pounds, or start losing
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.