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mental health

How Addiction Affects Your Mental Health

With a substantial increase of depression in youths, the U.S. is facing an alarming situation with co-occurring mental health issues and substance use disorders among teens and adults.
According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), more than half of people who […]

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control freak (OCPD)

Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

This is the ninth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is a Cluster C personality disorder (in the group of anxious PD, together with avoidant and dependent personality disorders) that is characterized with a long-term pattern of […]

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Paranoid personality disorder

Dual Diagnosis – Recognizing the Signs of Paranoid Personality Disorder

This is the seventh article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) characterizes a pattern of hostility, suspiciousness, and general distrust of others. People with PPD constantly fear that others want to hurt or take advantage of them. […]

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antisocial and narcissistic personality disorder

Narcissistic vs Antisocial Personality Disorder

This is the sixth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Narcissistic personality disorder, Borderline PD, Antisocial PD, and Histrionic PD are part of “Cluster B” – one of the three “clusters” among the ten personality disorders. Cluster B personality disorders are […]

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Dual Diagnosis – Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders

This is the eighth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Schizoid personality disorder is characterized by a lack of interest and detachment from social relationships, and an atypically low need for social interactions. This personality disorder often compares to being an introvert, only […]

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life after rehab - recovery

Recovery – 5 Helpful Tips For Life After Rehab

During rehab, you’ve probably learned so many valuable life lessons. You’ve talked, went through counseling, accepted advice and discovered the reasons behind your problems and behaviors. Now it’s time to leave this safe place and get back to the real […]

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borderline personality disorder

The Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

This is the fifth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.  
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that characterizes with the inability to regulate emotions. Therefore, the person experiences severe mood swings, a pattern of ongoing changes in […]

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schizophrenia and addiction

Dual Diagnosis – The Connection Between Addiction and Schizophrenia

This is the fourth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.
Schizophrenia is a complicated, severe psychiatric disorder often associated with psychotic episodes, persistent delusions, wild behavior, and hallucinations. Other symptoms include bizarre distortions of reality, an absence of emotions and disorganized speech. Simply […]

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Dual Diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

This is the third article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.
Through history, many great literature pieces have been written under the shadow of the author’s addiction or mental condition. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of The Rings was an […]

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Dual Diagnosis – The Connection Between Addiction and Depression

This is the second article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Sarah is a thirty-five year old mother of two. She works as a nurse at the local hospital. Her husband,Mark is a teacher. Sarah and Mark always support and care […]

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