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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

PTSD — Everything There Is to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition. It is caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as an accident, natural disaster, or sexual violence. Also known as ‘shell shock’ or ‘battle fatigue’ syndrome, PTSD affects nearly 15% of Vietnam War veterans and 12% of Gulf War Veterans. Frequent exposure to combat and violence makes PTSD common among war veterans. However,… 

Lexapro and Alcohol — The Effects of Alcohol While Taking Lexapro

Like any prescribed medication, there can be dangerous interactions between Lexapro and alcohol. It’s important to know when you begin a medication what the interactions are so that you can monitor your intake of other substances. What is Lexapro and Why Do People Take It? Lexapro (Escitalopram), a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI Class), is one of those prescribed medications that can have severe effects… 

Schizophrenia vs Multiple Personality Disorder | Everything You Need to Know

In the realm of mental health, it can be easy to confuse illnesses with others, especially when symptoms may overlap or present in similar ways, Schizophrenia vs Multiple Personality Disorder. For example, it can be hard to tell right off the bat if someone is struggling with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. That’s why understanding the differences can be helpful, both for the person… 

Beck Depression Inventory — What It Is and How It Works

There are plenty of tools available to help learn more about different mental health illnesses and how to help diagnose which mental health illness or disorder a person may have, one of which is the Beck Depression Inventory. Many people know of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research.… 

How to Increase Serotonin and Dopamine Levels

Serotonin and dopamine are two neurotransmitters that play a critical role in how we feel, and since low levels of serotonin and dopamine can lead to all kinds of issues, I’ve put together a list of how to increase serotonin and dopamine levels naturally. Our brains are made up of a collection of chemicals, and depending on the varying levels of those, hormones, and everything… 

Autism and Bipolar Disorder — Everything You Need to Know

Two separate mental health disorders that both have extremely large impacts on a person’s life are autism and bipolar disorder. A lot of mental health issues that people come up against can be co-occurring, and such is the case with autism and bipolar disorder. I should note that it is not usual to have both of these co-occurring disorders, so those who do are amongst… 

Christmas Depression — How to Defeat the Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be the warmest, happiest time of the year, but for many, Christmas depression is a horrible reality. Every commercial and advertisement project the fantasy that everyone gets together and shares good times with each other. It appears that the holidays are supposed to be a time where we all get along, put differences aside, and be thankful for all that… 

How to Have a Better Life — 2 Things You Absolutely MUST Do

If you’re wondering how to have a better life, you have to understand one thing — it’s not what you have on the outside but how you feel on the inside that leads to a better life. Life really is such a precious blessing. It flies by so fast, and I think it is very important to try and get the most out of this journey… 

4 Common Panic Attack Triggers

If you are a person who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, it can be hard to identify your panic attack triggers. I think every human being experiences panic attacks at some point in their life, and I, being a person prone to having anxiety, can say that panic attacks have been quite tumultuous at various times and seasons in my life.  There are…