Mental-Health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Everyone has mental health, even those who don’t have mental health disorders. It is a broad term to refer to how we think, feel, and relate to others. Mental health can change over time, and a person can experience poor mental health without having a mental…

Social-Skills

What is Social Skills Training?

Social skills training is a type of therapy that helps people with mental health and developmental disorders improve social functioning. It helps them build communication and listening skills, as well as work through anxiety about social interactions. In social skills training, the therapist will ask you which social situations you find most challenging, and which…

Alcohol and Depression

What are the Links Between Depression and Alcohol Use?

Alcohol use disorder and depression often co-occur. People who are struggling with symptoms of depression may use alcohol to self-medicate. Then, chronic alcohol use can cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, meaning it slows your system down and reduces stimulation. It interacts with—and throws off the balance of—various…

Depression and Anxiety

Can Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur?

Depression and anxiety are separate mental health disorders, but they commonly co-occur. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 60% of those with anxiety also have depression, and that number is similar for those experiencing depression.[1] Depression and anxiety both also have a high co-occurrence with addiction.   Anxiety and depression may…

Depression Screening

National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. This campaign brings awareness to the need for affordable and accessible screenings for depression and other mental health disorders. All mental health disorders are treatable, but people need to have an accurate diagnosis in order to take steps towards recovery. Depression is common, both in America…

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Is There More Stigma About Mental Health Disorders or Addiction?

While things are getting better, there is still stigma about both mental health disorders and addiction. A study in the journal Psychiatric Services assessed whether people had more negative views towards one or the other.[1] Half of participants were given a survey about their beliefs on drug addiction and half about their beliefs on mental…

what are psychotropic meds

What are Psychotropic Medications?

Psychotropic medication is an umbrella term for meds used to treat mental health disorders. They work by adjusting levels of the brain’s neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. There are several types of psychotropic meds. Some of these are anti-anxiety medications, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants(SSRIs), serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SNRIs), anti-psychotics, and…