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No More Shame: Self-Forgiveness Exercises to Help Free You From Addiction

Today, you should give yourself forgiveness.

Why? Because to start off, we know that judgment is self-condemnation and self-forgiveness is freedom.

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7 Hidden Signs of Early-Stage Depression

Most of us are aware of the more outward signs of depression, such as frequent crying, lack of motivation, etc.

But often by the time these symptoms are visible, the depression has already progressed. Read on to learn about some less obvious hidden signs that can help identify early stage depression.

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Treating Depression: What We Can Learn From the Tragic Suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

What do the tragic suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have in common?

Surprise and sadness, absolutely. But also indications of strong, perhaps untreated depression.

So the question is, how exactly CAN you treat severe depression?

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Self-Help & Professional Help Options For Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Addiction

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Marie Miguel of BetterHelp.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most debilitating mood disorders and is considered a form of depression. This is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States every year. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, you know what it means to go through the ups and downs of this disorder.

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Suicide Prevention: Healing Hopelessness and Despair

Suicide prevention is all about healing from the underlying core issues of hopelessness and despair. Suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts are all a function of these feelings.

Is it possible to take proactive steps to stop these thoughts and dispair?

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What Is Depression?

When you’re feeling sad, people might say that you’re depressed. However, is this a correct assessment? Medical experts believe that depression is so much more. What is depression, and how does it affect addiction treatment?

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How Depression Symptoms Can Complicate Your Addiction Recovery Journey

For individuals in the early stages of addiction treatment, depression symptoms are common due to a lack of dopamine. Dopamine is a pleasure chemical that the brain creates in order for you to repeat certain actions and be happy.

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Choosing Inpatient Treatment for Depression

When you’re in the midst of major depression, daily life feels overwhelming. The thought of getting dressed seems daunting; the idea of going out with friends, impossible.

You know that you need help, but looking at lists of residential treatment centers for depression seems like way too much. How do I find inpatient treatment for depression? Where do I even start? How am I supposed to choose between all of these different options?

If you’re stressed about seeking treatment for depression, don’t worry; we’re here to help.

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How Medication Helps Addiction and Depression

It’s a statistical reality that most people who struggle with addiction also have an underlying mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. 9.2 millions adults in the US have this situation, called dual diagnosis, according to NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Health.

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Alcohol and Depression: Common Companions of Dual Diagnosis

Did you know that according to 2013 CDC findings, nearly 50% of the general population will deal with a mental health issue over the course of their lifetime?

It’s true. And when people don’t receive the right support and treatment for those issues, many begin abusing substances to mask the pain they feel. As the 2013 CDC report notes, mental illness is associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

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