Don’t Use OCD or Other Mental Health Disorder Terms Lightly

It’s become part of our lexicon for people to use the names of mental health disorders when describing typical habits or behaviors. For instance, neat people might say “I’m so OCD,” or people in a confusing circumstance might say it’s “schizo” or “bipolar.” This seems particularly common for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), where anyone who…

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The Dangers of the Growing Benzo Shortage

The benzo shortage is nothing new. Popular benzodiazepines have seen an increase in demand but a shortage in supply for the last three years. So, why is there concern over the current shortage? The answer: COVID-19. The pandemic’s spike in anxiety and panic disorders has also increased the demand for benzos from pharmaceutical companies who…

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The Connection Between COVID-19 and SUDs

COVID-19 has disrupted many Americans’ lives in the U.S., causing financial, physical, and emotional harm. As a result, many people affected by COVID-19 have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the current situation. This has led to a variety of substance use disorders and mental health issues that require professional care. Fortunately, Maryland’s…

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4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or borderline personality disorders often overlap with alcohol or drug addiction. While these disorders can coincide independently, they are often related and require dual diagnosis treatment. If left untreated, co-occurring disorders can trigger each other, making it more difficult for a person to function. For instance, depression can…

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How to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

While substance abuse negatively impacts a person’s physical health, it also alters their brain’s functionality, ultimately affecting their mental health. For those in recovery, healing the mind is just as important as healing the body. Paying attention to your mental health is vital if you wish to achieve lasting recovery and fulfilling life. World Mental…

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Importance of National Depression Awareness Week

Millions of people from all over the world suffer from mental illnesses such as depression. These conditions not only make life challenging, but they also expose the victims to discrimination. Every year in the first week of May, the US observes the National Depression Awareness Week. However, people also celebrate this week during Mental Health…

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The Chicken or the Egg of Addiction and Mental Health

Substance use and mental health disorders commonly co-occur. For instance, around a third of people with depression also have a Substance Use Disorder. Around half of people who enter addiction treatment have symptoms of PTSD.  So, does addiction cause mental health disorders, or the other way around? Addiction and mental health disorders often exacerbate one…