Mental Health

Mental health and its correlation to drug addiction, substance abuse, and it’s treatment in the Atlanta area.

How Life Circumstances Affect Addiction and Mental Health

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How Life Circumstances Affect Addiction and Mental Health

While many mental health issues result from congenital or physiological problems, traumatic events can initiate or worsen those issues. This is because traumatic events affect the part of the brain that manages psychological functions, so the following events can cause extreme emotional problems: Losing a loved one Financial stress Losing employment Exposure to the death or injury of others Automobile accidents Discovering a serious disease An important relationship ending These life circumstances and many others can cause emotional pain that result in depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and thoughts of suicide. Atlanta residents who struggle with these...

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Mental Health Interventions

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Mental Health Interventions

One of the scariest aspects of mental health disorders is that the affected individual in Atlanta is often the last to know that he or she has a problem. Regardless of how abnormal or troubling their behaviors become, their minds will justify it and avoid confronting the underlying issues. A strong layer of denial, blame-shifting and avoidance can be found around any of the following mental disorders: Eating disorders Borderline personality disorder Schizophrenia Compulsive behaviors (gambling, sex, stealing, hording, etc) Addiction Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Anxiety disorders Depression As the symptoms mount, the individual with the disorder remains unaware...

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug Abuse

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug Abuse

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can trigger a range of self-destructive behaviors, including drug abuse. It is a condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association that usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood. No one specific cause has been isolated for this issue, but medical professionals think there are both genetic and environmental factors that trigger this condition in Atlanta residents. Signs of BPD The signs and symptoms of BPD include the following issues: Fear of abandonment; people with BPD typically have a history of childhood neglect or separation from a caregiver at an early age Extreme and rapid mood swings Feelings of...

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How Stressful Events Trigger Mental Health Issues

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How Stressful Events Trigger Mental Health Issues

What Is a Mental Health Issue? According to the National Alliance on Mental Issues, a mental illness is defined as “… medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning…” The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four American adults suffer from a mental health problem in a given year.  Mental health issues can vary greatly in severity and can last a short time or can be long-term. No matter the length or the severity, a mental health issue is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The majority of mental health issues affecting...

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What Are My Responsibilities to My Addicted Friend?

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What Are My Responsibilities to My Addicted Friend?

Just as every individual is unique, every addiction is unique as are the circumstances surrounding it. There are no hard and fast rules for addressing a friend’s addiction, and a great deal of consideration and sound judgment is required. You must take many things into consideration such as the following: How long you have been friends How well you know each other How much the person trusts you The person’s overall character How likely the individual is to listen to you You should trust your instincts regarding the nature of your friendship. If the Atlanta resident in question is a lifelong friend, you have seen each other through thick and thin and you can’t...

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How Much Addiction Counseling Do I Need?

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How Much Addiction Counseling Do I Need?

Addiction counseling is an important part of any rehab program. Whether you or an Atlanta loved one is trying to get clean from drugs or alcohol, your addiction counseling program will be based on your personal history with drug addiction. Family history of addiction, underlying mental disorders and insurance coverage all affect how much addiction counseling is appropriate for your unique situation. How Addiction Counseling Addresses Family History of Drug Abuse A family history of drug or alcohol abuse will play a key role in determining how long addiction counseling will last. Counseling comes as a part of a total rehab program and usually begins after a period of...

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