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Alcoholism: Definition, Symptoms, Effects, Causes, Treatment & Rehab

Alcoholism Alcoholism (alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction), also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic and progressive disorder characterized by a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol. It is a condition in which a person has an impaired ability to control their alcohol consumption and experiences negative consequences as a result of their drinking. Alcoholism Statistics According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects about 14.5 million adults (aged 18 and older) in the United States. This represents about 5.8% of all U.S. adults. Reference: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (2019) Alcohol facts and statistics   The World Health Organization (WHO) provides statistics on the global burden of alcohol use. According to the WHO, in 2019, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women had alcohol use disorder. Reference: WHO News: Harmful use of alcohol kills more than

Drug and Alcohol Intervention

Drug and Alcohol Intervention If someone you love is hurting himself or herself – and those around him or her – with alcohol or drug use, you don’t need to just stand back and watch the destruction. It might be time to consider a professional intervention – alcohol intervention / drug intervention. What is Drug Intervention or Alcohol Intervention The goal of an intervention is to get your family member or friend into a treatment program. Interventions can be organized for anyone struggling with an alcohol problem or abusing drugs. Ideally, it’s not a confrontational experience but a rallying cry of concern and compassion for the addict’s well-being. Interventions are appropriate for those who can’t admit they have a substance or alcohol abuse problem as well as those who have never received abuse treatment. The intervention process may also be a good choice for addicts with additional challenges, such as depression or an anxiety disorder . It’s also an ideal technique for addicts who

Eating Disorders: Causes, Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Eating Disorders Eating Disorders are outlined by any eating pattern or habit that’s out of the realms of traditional. This might embody eating too very little or an excessive amount of food; most in order that it’s the potential to begin to have an effect on the person’s physical health. Obsession with body weight or shape, distorted perception of body shape, or obsession with certain food causes eating disorders. While the precise reason for isn’t known, it will typically be attributed to a mixture of things that embody environmental and biological factors Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of all psychiatric diagnoses. What Causes Eating Disorders Eating disorder is a complex concept, with no single cause that can be cited behind the disorder. However several risk factors have been identified as contributing to the onset of eating disorders. Many experts believe that the interaction between biology, psychology and social factors influence the diagnosis of a

Understanding Depersonalization and Derealization

Understanding  Depersonalization Imagine being stuck inside a small glass box 24 hours a day wherever you go. Imagine feeling as if you're about to float away or disappear into thin air because you have no human body to tether you to the real world. Imagine being unable to hold a real conversation because you can't interpret the other person's words or register what they're saying. Imagine exchanging eye contact with a loved one and seeing nothing but a 2D comic-book image, devoid of emotion or meaning. Imagine seriously considering whether or not you might have died because you're unable to feel anything - physically or emotionally. Imagine looking in the mirror and not recognizing the person staring back at you. We feel so separated from both our body and mind that our reflections might as well be different people. The hypotheticals we gave you are all common descriptions of different people's experiences of depersonalization (often abbreviated to DP). But

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

PMDD: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a severe form of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). In this disorder, a woman feels irritable, angry, shows major depression symptoms * and lives in tension before her menstruation. About 3-8% of women suffer from this disorder during their menstruation years. It starts interfering with social and occupational life of a woman. Anxiety disorder, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) * and Major Depression * is more prevalent in women suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder than their counterparts. [ * SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and Major Depression are discussed at the end of this article ] PMDD Causes Large intake of caffeine Hereditary Hormonal changes resulting out of a woman’s menstrual cycle No exercise Lack of serotonin Consumption of alcohol Overweight    PMDD Symptoms Though the symptoms of PMDD are similar to that of PMS, they are more severe in nature when compared

PTSD: Test, Tips, Treatment & Coping with Flashbacks

PTSD Test, Tips & Treatment What is PTSD Post traumatic stress disorder  (also known as PTSD ) is, as the name suggests, a type of anxiety disorder brought on by a particular traumatic event. The most widely known example of this is soldiers returning from war after witnessing or being involved in some horrific situation, but there are many causes such as physical trauma, sexual abuse, mental abuse, terrorist attack, death of a friend or family member, rape etc. Following exposure to a tragic event an individual could be at risk of developing emotional distress and anxiety which if left unchecked can bring about the dreaded post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is classified as an intense anxiety disorder triggered by traumatic experiences and its symptoms are believed to last longer than four weeks. Although trauma stressors are the underlying cause, post traumatic stress disorder can develop immediately after exposure or in some cases, long after the traumatic experience

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How to Deal With the Depression: Basics and Beyond

How to Deal With the Depression It is common to feel sad or blue when dealing with a specific stress, trauma, or a challenging situation, but depression is a much deeper issue. Even when symptoms are minor, this condition is serious. Unfortunately, many people have committed suicide or even homicide because of not getting the care needed. In this article we tried to provide all the required information so you can learn about the truths of mental depression and discover how to deal with the depression . Of all mental health conditions that people face, depression is among those suffered the most, affecting the lives of millions of people all over the world. In fact, globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. ( ref.: WHO Fact sheets on Depression ). And, since the pandemic, percentage of people experiencing depression (and anxiety) symptoms had a manifold rise. Depression affects not only the mind and behaviors, but also physical health, performance, and

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Panic Attack A panic attack is a sudden or intense anxiety or fear. Panic attacks usually come with the following symptoms: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light headedness. Panic attacks are unpredictable and happen in a range of situations.     See also: Anxiety Attack Some people have only one or two in their lifetime, others will have a group of them which center around increasing stress in their life and for others it could be a daily event in which case it is caused a panic disorder. People who suffer on going panic attacks will generally develop a fear of having panic attacks and go on to avoid situations in which escape would be difficult. Some people who have social anxiety disorder often have panic attacks as part of their symptoms. These attacks are also called anxiety attacks and are usually resolved by removing the problem or trigger situation. What does panic attack feel like If you do have panic attacks y

Some Commonly Experienced Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders In this page we will discuss some of the anxiety disorder symptoms which are commonly experienced in generalized anxiety , post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks . It is important to note, however, that anxiety is capable of creating hundreds of different anxiety disorder symptoms, so this is by no means an exclusive list. Shortness of breath / Shallow Breath, and Smothering Sensations : This is one of the most common anxiety disorder symptoms - it may feel as though you aren’t getting enough air into your lungs or as though someone is pressing up against your chest cavity and restricting your air intake. This is just a harmless sensation! Don’t worry about it or be concerned that you aren’t breathing properly because you are! If you weren’t breathing properly you would be unconscious. As with all anxiety disorder symptoms, don’t give these sensations any credit, they will go away. FAQ :