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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Understanding OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is defined by repetitive behaviors involved in reducing anxiety, as well as intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, or both. Day-to-day functioning can be difficult for someone with OCD since the symptoms of this disorder can be life-encompassing and seem inescapable. Statistics indicate that 1–3% of… Read more »

Recovering from Alcohol Addiction a Day at a Time

"Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined." Recent studies show that thirty-two percent of heavy drinkers over the age of twelve have also used illegal drugs. Loss of control, an overwhelmed mindset, and hopelessness affect the mind of someone who is suffering from alcohol dependency. Addiction does not discriminate against age nor race… Read more »

Ways to Improve Mental Health

"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope." Do you remember the very first time you consciously recognized that you or someone close to you had depression? It happens to us all, we get down in the dumps sometimes, but some individuals experience much more severe symptoms of depression than others. Far too… Read more »

Teenage Marijuana Use: Effects on the Brain

“Decision making, concentration, and memory can suffer for days after use, especially in regular users.” (http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana) In the United States, believe it or not, marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug used by teens and adults. The nation's youth has caught on to a contagion, believing that marijuana is a safe drug, alluding to medical… Read more »

Depression Statistics in the State of Florida

Shocking depression statistics from a report generated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) draw attention to the mental health of individuals residing in the state of Florida. Figures derived from this analysis consider such factors as age, severity of mental illness and whether or not treatment has been provided. What are… Read more »

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