Holiday Depression and Anxiety

How to Cope With Depression or Anxiety During the Holidays

Many people think of the holidays as the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a festive time of togetherness and merriment, glittering lights and memorable music. But if you are clinically depressed or struggle with anxiety, you may find that your symptoms such as fatigue and gloominess are worse during the holiday season.
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Holiday Depression and Anxiety

How Mental Illness Can Keep You From Enjoying the Holidays, and What to Do About It

The holiday season is quickly approaching. In the space of about a month, people will gather their families together for Thanksgiving, any number of religious celebrations, and New Year’s Eve. And chances are that the thought of hosting or attending so many get-togethers either leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling or fills you with dread. Are you ready to forge ahead or is holiday depression holding you back?
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Hispanic Addiction Rates

Addiction Increasing Among Hispanics

Hispanics are now 17 percent of the population in the U.S.; a minority still, but a significant and growing one. In fact, estimates say that the population will rise to 30 percent by 2050. As the population of American Hispanics grows, the concerns of this demographic become more important. Among these concerns is addiction. Statistics show that rates of substance abuse and addiction are on the rise among Hispanics. However, access to treatment and the quality of that treatment are static at best.
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Addiction and Stereotypes

Stereotypes Held by Healthcare Providers Affect Substance Abuse Treatment for Hispanics

People of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds are impacted by substance abuse and addiction. Not nearly enough people are treated or treated effectively for these issues, but the Hispanic population in the U.S. is particularly vulnerable to lack of care. Researchers have tried to investigate the discrepancy between this population and others when it comes to addiction care and have determined that healthcare providers often believe in certain cultural stereotypes that prevent Hispanics from seeking help. Continue reading

Seeking Help for an Addicted Loved One

Overcoming Resistance in an Addicted Loved One

While some studies show that people forced into drug or alcohol rehab are just as successful at maintaining sobriety as those who’ve gone willingly, ideally the person enters treatment with some internal motivation to recover. Sergio Muriel is a certified addiction professional and the executive director of Lucida mental health and drug rehab in Florida. For the last 13 years, Muriel has worked on both the clinical and admissions side of addiction treatment. He offers some advice to people whose loved ones are resistant to getting the help they need to overcome alcohol or drug abuse.
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Senior Americans and Addiction

More Older Americans Battling Substance Abuse

Troubling statistics clearly demonstrate that older Americans are struggling with drug abuse and alcoholism more than ever before in the U.S. Why this trend is being seen can partly be explained by the aging of the large baby boomer generation, but the issue is more complicated than this simple fact. Why are older adults abusing substances and what can be done to help them? These are important questions that need answers.
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

When Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Go Hand in Hand

It’s called a dual diagnosis, and it means having a substance use disorder as well as a mental illness. If you struggle with substance abuse, you should be screened for mental health. If you have a mental health issue, you should be cautious about drinking and using drugs. The two go hand in hand, and to have one with the other is not uncommon. It means that you need to address both issues in order to be well and healthy.
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Depression Undertreated in Hispanic Communities

Depression is a serious mental illness that requires regular treatment, but one group of people is notgetting the help it needs. A recent study surveyed Hispanic populations in the U.S. and found that those with depression are undertreated. Those without health insurance are particularly vulnerable to struggling with depression and not getting treatment. The findings of the study are important and point to changes that need to be made in the medical community to ensure more people get necessary mental healthcare.
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Four Tips for Making Amends in Recovery

Four Tips for Making Amends in Recovery

For many addicts in recovery and participating in 12-step programs or rehab, steps eight and nine are the most dreaded. You are expected to list everyone you wronged because of your addiction and then make amends. To revisit the past and the people you hurt is a daunting task. How addiction affects the family is major, and facing family members who disowned you can be the scariest part.
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