National Bad Poetry Day, part 3: The pros and cons of venting through writing

National Bad Poetry Day, part 3: The pros and cons of venting through writing

Writing is a form of expression. Writing comes in all different forms: poetry, speeches, lyrics, short stores, novels and many others. Some believe writing can be a form of therapy to express oneself. Eminem and many other artists use their lyrics to express anger and a dark past. Sometimes writing down one’s emotions can be a therapeutic way for venting.

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National Bad Poetry Day, part 2: The mental effects of creating verse

National Bad Poetry Day, part 2: The mental effects of creating verse

Cathartic is defined as providing psychological relief through open expression. Each person has different hobbies or tasks that are cathartic. Some believe that running is cathartic, others believe that art is cathartic. One form of art if poetry. The expression of words on paper can help individuals release their feelings and express themselves. That can lead to healing.

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National Bad Poetry Day, part 1: Venting through written word

National Bad Poetry Day, part 1: Venting through written word

National Bad Poetry Day falls on August 18 this year and is dedicated to celebrating the written word. Although it is not officially acknowledged by the U.S. government, according to Wellcat.com, the creators of this day, it’s a chance to: “Invite some friends over, compose some really rotten verse, and send it to your old high school teacher.” Sounds fun.

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When bipolar disorder and addiction lead to dual diagnosis

When bipolar disorder and addiction lead to dual diagnosis

Individuals struggling with bipolar disorder are far more susceptible to substance abuse than any other clinical psychiatric disorder. Bipolar disorder most often starts during young adulthood, but also occurs in children and adolescents. The use of drugs and alcohol also usually starts during the teenage years. Read more

Dual diagnosis: a closer look at the relationship between mental illness and addiction

Dual diagnosis: a closer look at the relationship between mental illness and addiction

Dual diagnosis is a two-edged sword. Also known as co-occurring conditions, it essentially refers to a co-existing mental illness and substance-related addiction. According to numerous epidemiological studies and statistics, the fact that mental illnesses and addiction have often been  closely associated cannot be denied. Statistics show that around 50 percent of psychiatric patients also battle substance abuse disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) believes this percentage amounts to an alarming figure of 8.9 million adults out of which only 7.4 percent are receiving treatment for both conditions. Read more