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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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The Importance of Routines

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” A habit is an often unconscious action, such as going to the gym each morning, that you do on a consistent, repetitive basis. Routines are conscious ways of doing things repetitively and in a specific order, like making your coffee, then brushing your teeth, getting dressed…

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Chronic Psychosocial Adversity Reduces the Production of Dopamine

Adversity refers to difficulties, misfortunes, or hardships. There are six types of adversity: physical adversity, mental adversity, emotional adversity, social adversity, spiritual adversity, and financial adversity. Psychosocial refers to the connection between social factors and an individual’s thoughts and behaviors. Research finds that people exposed to a lifetime of psychosocial adversity may experience impaired abilities…

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Mental Illness Leads to Early Death

People experiencing mental illness die earlier than the general population due to an inability to make healthy choices and seek health care. Notably, low-income individuals are at higher risks for mortality due to possible confinement to their homes, financial difficulties, or untreated mental illness. Furthermore, those who are in prison and not receiving psychiatric care…

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What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a major risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. One study found that among people with bipolar disorder, 56 percent developed a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851027/] By comparison, just over eight percent of American adults have a drug or alcohol use disorder. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html] Bipolar disorder…

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5 Healthy Ways to Control Anxiety When You’re Recovering from Addiction

Anxiety is a common problem for people recovering from addiction. One large study of more than 43,000 people found that 17.7 percent of people with substance use disorders also have an anxiety disorder. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921723/] It also appears that in the vast majority of cases, the anxiety disorder comes first and the substance use disorder begins…