Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Many people experiencing a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder or depression, seek refuge in various prescription drugs or illegal substances to counter their debilitating symptoms, oblivious to the fact that such medications can lead to the problem of addiction. In due course, such individuals tend to suffer from both a mental disorder and an addiction, commonly known as dual diagnosis, which can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of overlapping symptoms. Read more

Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Safford’s city council’s newest elected member has an untold success story. Chris Taylor has years of war deployments, a struggle with addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) behind him. Open about his past during his campaign, Taylor won his seat in November with the highest vote.  Read more

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher (60), the actress who played the role of Princess Leia in “Star Wars” passed away on December 27, 2016, four days after a massive heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The actress was being treated in the ICU of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles hospital. Read more

Is post-partum depression a trigger for addiction

Is post-partum depression a trigger for addiction

According to the data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, 11-20 percent of new mothers have postpartum depression disorder (PPD). This figure, however, does not take into account the number of women who suffer miscarriage or deliver stillborn babies. Hence, it is estimated that the actual number of women with PPD can be even higher, if all kinds of pregnancies are taken into account.  Read more

Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Trauma is a physical or psychological damage that one may experience as a result of facing a difficult or painful event in life. An individual who has dealt with a traumatic event in his/her life may have to deal with certain emotional, psychological or physical effects, including stress that could be difficult to cope with. Trauma is of various kinds and is the result of actions such as bullying, domestic violence, sexual abuse, alcoholic parents, surviving a war or extreme weather conditions, verbal abuse or any other. As an adult, a certain level of maturity or experience may help in mitigating the effects of such trauma, but a child, in many ways, is more vulnerable and thus, far worse off in the face of extreme situations. Read more