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Mental health disorders, or mood disorders, are a disturbance in a person’s ability to cope effectively with daily events, major stressors, traumas, relationships, etc. A mood disorder affects a person’s physical being, emotional health, and social life.
There are multiple types of disorders, and they all can be debilitating. The actual causes of mood disorders are not specifically known, but it is understood that both physiological and behavioral factors play key roles in developing a mood disorder. The pain caused by a mood disorder can be addressed, and medications and behavioral treatment can help you manage the disorder.
Fighting a mood disorder can be dreadfully difficult. Often, a person dealing with a mood disorder is struggling with co-occurring issues as well.
Sadly, mental health disorders frequently co-exist with other mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and alcoholism. This is often due to the person suffering trying to self-medicate and trying to escape their pain by any means possible.
Working to help someone with co-occurring issues in addition to addressing a mood disorder is quite difficult. In order to treat one disorder, the other disorders must be addressed as well.
It is important that the primary issue be defined as well as the secondary issues. Then all of the issues have to addressed for true healing.
Unfortunately, one co-occurring issue feeds on the other co-occurring issues. This often builds into a vicious cycle that can eventually destroy your life.
Your mental health is critical in recovery. It is where a lot of focus is concentrated because if your mental and emotional health is not healthy, how can you be healthy?
You can take your life back and find complete recovery by seeking professional help from a mood disorder treatment center. They will be able to teach you how to manage the mood disorder and live life again.
Below are the latest articles on mental health resources and issues and process addictions, many of which often tie into substance abuse. In the “Mental Health Navigation” menu, click on the drop-down arrow to find evergreen, general information, as well as process addictions such as food addiction and sexual addiction.
Psychosis is an unsettling and often frightening experience. Defined as a disruption of thoughts and perceptions, which make it challenging to recognize what is real and what is not, these experiences often include seeing, hearing, and believing things that are not real.  Despite common perceptions, psychosis is not an illness, but instead, symptoms that [...] Read More
Warning: This story addresses suicide. If you are struggling, or someone you know struggling needs help, please follow the steps in the article. Addiction to a substance or behavior can cause one to feel hopeless, frustrated, and full of shame, all of which can contribute to thoughts of suicide. One study found that up to [...] Read More
Those experiencing the transition into young adulthood are uniquely vulnerable to both psychosis and addiction. This information is important for anyone that works with this population to know, as early interventions yield the best results for overcoming the challenges of addiction and psychotic disorders. Thankfully, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided [...] Read More
As I get older, I’m learning a truth I’d rather have left unknown. At some point in your child’s life, they will lose a friend. A few months ago, my wife and I accompanied our college-aged son to the funeral of one of his friends. She was a17-year-old high school senior who was in enough [...] Read More
Individuals with an anxiety disorder often find alcohol and other substances of abuse to worsen their anxiety symptoms. This population is two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or any other substance abuse disorder in comparison to individuals who do not have an anxiety disorder. About 20 percent of Americans with an [...] Read More
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