People With Severe Mental Health Disorders Should be Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine, Researchers Say

As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, researchers urge that those with severe mental health disorders take precedence. People in this group are more likely to have complications from COVID-19, but are generally less likely to receive a vaccine. Flu vaccination rates among people with severe mental health disorders are only about 25%.[1] A December 2020…

How Alcohol Exacerbates Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health disorders. Study after study has found that alcohol is the most commonly abused substance. These are unfortunate statistics, because alcohol often exacerbates (or even causes) depression and anxiety. Many people fall into a cycle of drinking to numb the symptoms of one or both of…

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…

What is the Difference Between Group and Family Therapy?

Group and family therapy are both forms of therapy that take place with several people at the same time. The two share a few similarities. However, there are also notable differences between them.  Family therapy is, as the name suggests, therapy that involves a person’s family. It is used often in addiction treatment, as addiction…

woman goes through seasonal depression

What Is Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression linked to changes in the seasons. It usually occurs during winter and ends in spring, and usually occurs perenially. However, it is more than just “winter blues” since the symptoms can be quite distressing and overwhelming and could affect your normal…

a man struggles with the benzo shortage and benzo abuse

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…