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What Not to Say to Someone With Depression or Anxiety

Talking to someone with depression or anxiety may feel like walking a tightrope, especially if you’ve never experienced either mental health disorder yourself. On the one hand, you want to be supportive and encouraging and to show that you care. On the other hand, you don’t want to accidentally make your friend feel worse. Here are some common sayings to avoid, and some suggestions of what to say instead: Continue reading

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Mental Health Disparities Linked to Physician Perception

Statistics clearly show that Hispanics who need treatment for mental health or addiction are less likely to get it than white Americans. We also know that Hispanics have poorer outcomes when treated for substance abuse and are less likely than whites to complete a treatment program. Many possible reasons have been cited for these disparities, including cultural differences, stigma, language barriers and other factors. A large study recently sought to better understand the disparities and came up with some surprising results. Continue reading

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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Erasing the Stigma of Addiction

Stigma is a powerful force and causes addicts to feel ashamed and to keep secrets. Both addicts and those of us who judge addicts need to realize that addiction is a true disease of the brain and the body. If we can learn to view addiction the way we do asthma, high blood pressure or heart disease, we can bring addicts out of the shadows of shame and get them the help they need.
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Hispanics Less Likely to Seek Out Mental Health Care

We have plenty of statistical evidence that racial disparities in healthcare for mental illness and addiction exist and that Hispanics are on the losing end. The latest research shows that Hispanic Americans are less likely than Caucasian patients to seek out mental health care. This could be related to culture, access to health insurance or language barriers, but the fact remains that it means thousands of people who need it are not getting mental health treatment.
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Hispanic Children Growing Up With Smokers at Significant Risk of Becoming Smokers

Recent data collected by the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) demonstrates that Cubans and Puerto Ricans growing up in smoking households are twice as likely to become smokers as non-Hispanics growing up with smokers. The reasons for the discrepancy can only be guessed at, but the findings show an important vulnerability for a segment of the U.S. population.
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Are You Taking Your Prozac Safely?

Prozac, generic name fluoxetine, is an antidepressant that helps many people struggling with depression to feel better and to be able to live normal lives. However, if you need to take Prozac, you should know about the risks and how to take it safely. Prozac abuse, like flexeril abuse or lomotil abuse, is not always taken seriously. Drugs like these are not always considered to be habit forming, but they can be harmful and they can be addictive.
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