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OCD and Depression — How to Combat Both

Having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can put you at a higher risk for developing other forms of mental illnesses — this includes OCD and depression. The combination can make it feel like your symptoms are endless, and someone who has OCD might present their symptoms a little differently from someone who may only be diagnosed with depression. As we continue to learn, we’re realizing that mental… 

Treatment For Excoriation (Skin Picking And Hair Pulling)

For those struggling with the disorder, treatment for excoriation can sound impossible to do or hard to find. Below we talk about what this disorder is, how to know if you have it, causes, and treatments. This condition isn’t a dead end — there are always ways to find help and alleviate the pain, both physical and emotional. Like many mental health conditions and illnesses,… 

Struggling with Meaning in Life? Here’s What You Can Do

Struggling with meaning in life? I totally get it. I think most people go through this struggle. The human experience is a beautiful, scary, chaotic, emotional one. We are thrown into this world without always knowing why. While many people may have such a strong purpose in their life — whether that be through their religion/faith, their work, or something else — many of us still struggle… 

I Can’t Cope — How Do I Change My Negative Thought Patterns?

If you’re thinking to yourself, “I can’t cope with life right now,” or maybe that you can’t cope with life at all, I understand. When we’re struggling mentally or having a difficult time, it’s normal to use a coping mechanism to help adjust to the pain we might be feeling — this is what many people do when they feel like they can’t cope. A… 

Thankful and Grateful — the Awesome Benefits of Gratitude

Today, I’m thankful and grateful for so much in my life. From my own lived experience, being a person who has struggled with drug addiction for half of his life, I can say that gratitude is one of the single most important things that helps keep me sober. Being grateful can literally completely retune your frequency in a matter of seconds. Everything is energy, and… 

Autism Symptoms Checklist — 21 Critical Indications to Understand

Use this autism symptoms checklist to better understand if you or your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Awareness Month happens each April, and this year we want to shed light on what it is and how to be more aware of it. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a bi-neurological developmental disability that can begin to show signs before age three. A person with ASD… 

The DSM-5-TR: Recent Changes

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-V) is a large piece of text that doctors, social workers, and other healthcare professionals use within the US to help diagnose mental disorders and illnesses. In March of 2022, there was an updated release of the text called the DSM-V, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR). This is the first update since 2013, and there have been many,… 

Living For Yourself — How to Do What Seems Impossible

Living for yourself is probably one of the hardest things a human being can ever do. I have often kept myself up at night stewing over the question, “who or what am I living for?” I am 31 years old and I believe that I have finally come to my conclusion in regards to this question. I think that one of  the single most important… 

Introducing the Addiction and Mental Health Podcast

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Exciting news today! Together with Michael Palma and Samantha Mineroff, I started the Addiction and Mental Health podcast. We talk about the issues surrounding addiction and mental health, starting with our first episode — the language around mental health. Check it out! Apple Podcasts Spotify Anchor