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Recognizing World Mental Health Day in October

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed in October. The World Federation for Mental Health created this holiday in 1992, and annual events supporting this vital cause and mental health treatment programs continue today. The mission of WMHD is to advocate against the social stigmas and misunderstandings attached to mental illness. It also builds awareness…

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Using Meditation for Anxiety and Addiction

Science shows that the links between anxiety and addiction are strong. Anxiety disorders cause people to feel extreme tension in certain situations. Unfortunately, the National Institute of Mental Health reports 40 million adults in the United States have experienced anxiety. For this reason, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the stress. One…

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What Mental Health Issues Lead to Addiction?

A large percentage of people who have mental health disorders use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. These substances can effectively hide the symptoms of mental health conditions, making it difficult for anyone to recognize what’s happening. A person struggling with mental health disorders needs treatment for this condition and their addiction to heal. At Serenity…

Does Childhood Trauma Lead to Addiction?

For years, doctors have looked for connections between childhood trauma and substance abuse. It is not uncommon for those dealing with mental health disorders to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. People dealing with depression or anxiety may abuse substances in an attempt to forget about their struggles. This trauma is often the first step to…

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Recognizing World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day creates a unique opportunity to increase awareness about a debilitating condition that impacts our valued community members. This mental health awareness day takes place on March 30 each year and helps focus support on people dealing with bipolar disorder. The condition presents unique challenges because it affects approximately 6 million Americans in…

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How SAD Can Improve in March

People who struggle with low energy and feelings of depression during the winter months may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder. Although this condition has not necessarily been due to shorter daylight hours, many people endure more than just garden variety “winter blues.” The good news is that the spring equinox occurs in March when daylight…

woman struggles with alcoholism during march madness

March Madness and Alcoholism

When the March Madness college basketball tournament tips off, students and fans across the country will reach for alcoholic beverages. The binge drinking that comes with the country’s most exciting basketball series puts an increased number of late-teens and twenty-somethings at risk of alcoholism. Upwards of 68 colleges and universities participate in the single-elimination tournament.…