Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tips to Help Bipolar Patients Stay Healthy

Tips to Help Bipolar Patients Stay HealthyBipolar disorder can lead the sufferer to feel as if they have little to no control over their emotions. Both low moods and mania can last for an extensive period, leaving the patient wondering when the tide will turn and feeling helpless. Medication can be effective, but many struggle to find the right combination to balance the depressive and manic sides of the disorder.
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Subtle Signs of Anxiety Disorders

Subtle Signs of Anxiety DisordersEveryone experiences occasional bouts of anxiety, as it’s a normal part of the human experience. However, for millions of children, adolescents, and adults, anxiety plays a significant role in their day-to-day lives. It causes significant distress, interferes with their ability to function, and robs them of the joy they deserve. In severe cases, anxiety can be debilitating, making it impossible to hold down a job or finish school.
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Identifying Signs of Depression

Identifying Signs of DepressionMost people feel down occasionally, but in some situations a low mood can become chronic. Major life changes like divorce or empty nest syndrome can create sadness that becomes independent of any circumstance and seems to stretch on indefinitely. Here are some tips to help determine whether it’s time to seek out help for a suspected case of depression.
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Explaining Parent’s Addiction to a Child

Explaining Parent’s Addiction to a ChildOn Father’s Day, kids take the time to show their appreciation for all of the things their fathers do for them every day of the year. But for the child of an alcoholic or drug abuser, the day may be fraught with confusion and mixed emotions. Addiction is a serious, complex issue, and this can leave many parents feeling as though it’s impossible to adequately explain the problem to children. However, if you approach the topic with tact, honesty and openness, you can help your child understand why their dad is in rehab for Father’s Day or why he isn’t manning the barbecue with a beer in hand like last year.
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Identifying Genetic Roots of Bipolar Disorder

Identifying Genetic Roots of Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is a particularly challenging mental disorder because finding the right strategy takes some trial and error. Meanwhile, the patient and their family may find it difficult to perform daily activities. The findings of a new study may help identify patients that are at an increased risk for developing bipolar disorder to get them early treatment.

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What is Night Eating Disorder?

What is Night Eating Disorder?It’s typical to get the night time munchies during a good movie at home or when watching television. It’s also common for college students to munch on pre-packaged foods late into the night. But new research suggests there might be more to night eating, which the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) recognizes as when individuals feel compelled to eat throughout the evening, and often all through the night.
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The Impact of Divorce on Problem Drinking

The Impact of Divorce on Problem Drinking Heavy drinking takes a toll on individuals and relationships. As drinking becomes prioritized over responsibilities, it may become difficult for a problem drinker to maintain steady employment, leading to financial difficulties. In addition, alcohol use disorders are associated with a higher risk of developing depression, and the individual may experience sadness, loneliness and feelings of hopelessness. Problem drinkers may find that their spouse and children eventually decide to put some distance between themselves and the drinker. A recent study looked into the impact of married couples divorcing because of problem drinking.
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