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What is the Relationship Between Depression and Alcohol?

For many people, depression and alcohol are closely related. People who have depression may drink to try to feel better, especially in social situations. But alcohol is a depressant, and drinking may only make their condition worse. If you find yourself battling depression and using alcohol to cope, there’s help available. At Fort Behavioral Health,…

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Does Depression Cause Drinking, or Does Drinking Cause Depression?

An eight-year study on the correlation between depression and drinking among adolescents indicates that depression often leads to drinking. Consequently, data demonstrated increased alcohol consumption in relation to short-term increases in depressive symptoms. Research shows that self-awareness and mindfulness may be the best way to deal with depressive emotions, thereby decreasing, and even eliminating, the…

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Social Networking Sites May Cause Depression

Communication is entirely different today than it was ten years ago. The emergence of social networking sites (SNS) is now pervasive across the globe. Whether used for business or personal communication, there are multiple advantages to the advancement of the internet, such as increasing global connectedness, distance learning, and remote work-from-home opportunities. However, some studies…

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Grief and Addiction

Grief is the emotional reaction to a traumatic event, specifically to trauma, loss, or death. People experience grief in different ways and at different paces. Grief can be expressed spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally, creatively, or even through avoidance techniques, which may lead to negative coping skills and developments of addictions. According to the National Institute…

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What Are the Most Common Mental Health Issues Associated with Addiction?

Mental illness is one of the biggest factors in whether someone will develop a substance use disorder. Studies show that about half of people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue and some estimates are even higher. [https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness] The connections between mental illness and substance use are complex. Often, the mental…

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Depression

Depression is real and debilitating. It is far more than simple sadness. It changes how we live, how we think and how we view the world. Many people describe it as an echoing emptiness or a spinning ache that never goes away completely. Recognizing depression is often hard. People living with it might seem completely…