Alcoholism can destroy relationships. But spouses of high-functioning alcoholics have a particular challenge because their mates often function enough to make it seem like they don’t have a problem. They may deny your concerns about their drinking habits by defending what they are doing right: “Well, I pay the bills” or “I work hard, I deserve to unwind.”
Many people love spring and summer because basking in the sunshine lifts their spirits and makes them happy. But come fall, when the lightness of the day departs earlier and the night lasts longer, depression seeps in for some people, seriously impacting their daily lives.
Multiple studies conducted since the 1990s indicate women experience up to twice the rate of depression as men. Some experts have theorized women have higher depression rates because they are more likely to report subclinical symptoms, and assessments and depression scores do not differentiate between clinical and subclinical depression.
To understand the genetics behind alcoholism, it helps to have a basic understanding of the difference between the terms used in research. The terms genetic and hereditary are often used interchangeably; however, this is technically incorrect.
America’s reliance and addiction to painkillers is not slowing down, despite ongoing federal, state and local efforts. OxyContin (extended release oxycodone) is partially to blame for the opioid epidemic that has gripped the nation the last decade or so – a crisis that has escalated dramatically over the last few years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of privately insured women filling prescriptions for ADHD medicine in the U.S. rose by 344% between 2003 and 2015.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness resulting in significant, often sudden shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. High and low moods, called mania and depression, can severely impact a person’s quality of life and ability to function.
Hurricanes. Fires. Shootings. The headlines are filled with tragedies.
No one wants to get caught up in an emergency situation or tragedy, but good people sometimes go through bad things or are exposed to unexpected crisis situations.
By James Snow, LMHC, CAP, Clinical Director of Lucida
There was serious friction between me and my dad while growing up because I was the rebellious one in the family. But in the last five years of his life, we forged a new bond. When he retired, he agreed to move from Pennsylvania to Florida, to be closer to me. We planned to do the father and son stuff we’d missed during my younger years―sailing, snorkeling and just spending time together.