Am I Depressed? Depression Types, Causes, and Treatment

Have you been asking yourself lately, “Am I depressed?” It’s a much more common question than you might think. Depression is a serious (though treatable) mental illness that comes in many different forms. Unfortunately, the media, television, and popular culture oftentimes make depression look a certain way (ie, someone who never showers or gets out of bed). If you’re wondering if you’re suffering from depression,… 

Repressed Emotions | What They Are and How to Deal With Them

You would be amazed what repressed emotions can do to your body and your mind. When I was a kid, I experienced all kinds of strange stomach problems, ranging from bloating, constipation, to feeling overweight and unhappy. I had gone to multiple doctors and specialists, tried a variety of diets, everything from gluten-free to keto to FOD maps. I tried different kinds of exercise routines.… 

Brain Awareness Month | It’s Not Just Alzheimer’s

Brain Awareness Month is this June, and while the emphasis is on raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia, it’s important to note overall brain health and how we can take preventative actions. When we think of mental health, we might get so focused on the brain that we forget external factors and how we take care of our bodies can be just as important as… 

Suicide Contagion | What It Is and Why It Matters

What Is Suicide Contagion? Suicide contagion (also known as “copycat suicide”) is a social phenomenon where portrayals of suicide in the media (such as in newspapers, news television, and entertainment) can facilitate more deaths by suicide due to the images and wording used. Suicide researcher David Phillips coined the term the “Werther Effect,” a name derived from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of… 

13 Reasons Why Review | 13 Reasons Why Not

This article originally appeared on The Quad, the Student News Service of West Chester University. 13 Reasons Why Review | Unrealistic It’s no secret that people have been raving about the new Netflix original series, “13 Reasons Why.” There are countless listicles and articles on social media that both put this show on a pedestal and tear it apart. I’m going to do neither, and… 

Is Ambien Addictive? Definitely | I Was Snorting Ambien

Is Ambien addictive? My experience is that it is — I even started snorting Ambien. Ambien is habit forming as far as I can tell. I’ve abused Ambien many times and had a prescription for it. Ambien, also known as Zolpidem, is addictive in that you can find yourself abusing it to get high. Now is Ambien physically addictive? The doctors say yes, and my… 

Addiction Recovery | Is It Possible to Recover From Addiction?

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Is addiction recovery possible? Can you truly recover from addiction? The answer is yes — you can recover. What Addiction Recovery Means in Practice Addiction is when we can’t put down the drink or drug, whatever it happens to be. It doesn’t always mean that we’re shooting heroin under a bridge or drinking out of a brown paper bag. Addicts come in all shapes and… 

AA Big Book Online | The First 164 Pages of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Chapter 1 BILL’S STORY (The AA Big Book Online) War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic. Here was love, applause, war; moments sub- lime with intervals hilarious. I was part of life at last, and in… 

Addict Behavior | 31 Signs You’re Dealing With an Addict or Alcoholic

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Addict behavior is wide-ranging and can be different for every addict, especially for different types of addictions. Here are a few addict behaviors that can be clear signs of addiction as you regularly see many of them at once: Using drugs or alcohol to solve problems Using drugs or alcohol regularly and excessively (like smoking weed all day long) Physical signs of depressant use (when…