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The Barriers that Accompany Bipolar Disorder

Living day to day with bipolar disorder can be unbearable. Moment after moment, wondering which mood will come out next and how it will affect your day and interactions with those around you is exhausting. Spells of depression and lethargy claim any free time that may exist, and explaining how you feel to friends and… Read more »

Codependency: How it Affects Mental Health

Putting others’ needs before your own can be a positive quality, but how much of this seemingly harmless behavior is too much? People pleasing is one of many characteristics that can be observed in an individual suffering from codependency disorder. Control issues, low self-esteem, avoidance patterns and compliance patterns are a few additional identifying qualities.… Read more »

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Life presents us with some high-level emotional experiences along the journey from birth to adulthood. Trauma can occur if any of these experiences are deeply distressing or disturbing and if there was physical harm present or the threat thereof. It can be difficult to process trauma and move past the negative subconscious feelings associated with… Read more »

Eating Disorder Awareness: What You Need to Know

Nearly 24 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a form of mental illness that causes extreme discord in an individual’s life and can oftentimes be life-threatening. How much do you know about eating disorders and their consequences? An unhealthy relationship with food and one’s own physical body are the defining features… Read more »

A Dual Diagnosis: Depression & Substance Abuse

It’s tough to live with a mental illness without professional guidance, support, and coping techniques to soften the symptoms. Some days are so unbearable that an individual who is suffering may turn to drugs and alcohol, thinking these substances may temporarily ease the pain. When the side effects fade, the individual may feel stuck with… Read more »