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Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Recovery

Dual Diagnosis An individual with dual diagnosis is one that presents with two separate but interrelated diagnoses - the combination of a psychiatric diagnosis and a substance abuse diagnosis. Trying to manage just one of these conditions can be extremely stressful. Add to this the mix of multiple symptoms that overlap and mask the ability to make a proper diagnosis, and you're left with an extremely complex challenge just to find the right treatment. It is critically important that both disorders be treated simultaneously to achieve the best possible outcome. Thus a dual diagnosis treatment should be sought. What is Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnosis is a term that is used when referring to someone who is not only suffering from a substance abuse issue , but also has a mental health problem such as depression , anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia , etc. How to Deal with Dual Diagnosis In many cases the substance abuse might have occurred as a result of an attempt to self-medica

What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It

Imposter Syndrome Impostor syndrome  is the name given to the intense and often debilitating feeling of being a fake. People with impostor syndrome often feel that they are worthless, inadequate and incompetent, and that they are fundamentally a mistake. They believe they don’t have the ability to do well at anything, and that they will always be exposed as inadequate as long as they are in a position to be evaluated. In this article we will discuss, precisely  What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It ... ! What is Imposter Syndrome: Definition and Meaning Impostor syndrome (or impostorism) is a psychological condition/phenomenon (an experience) in which a person has an internalized sense that he or she is a fraud, a pretender, or one who is not capable of achieving what he or she is capable of. It is a specific kind of negative evaluation of oneself that occurs when a person feels that he or she is doing poorly in comparison to others and has not achieved the level of perfo

Difference Between Clinical Depression and Situational Depression

What is the Difference between Clinical Depression and Situational Depression Situational depression is a psychological state where emotions and sentiments of a person are affected by a certain situational factor. What is the difference between Clinical Depression and Situational Depression ? In the former case, a depressive period is experienced by the sufferer that is caused by the situation and circumstance encountered by the person and likely to halt its existence if and when the cause stops to exist. In the latter case episodes of depression are experienced without any reasonable circumstances that would be likely to cause depression, similar to physical or emotional discomfort. Importance of Symptoms In order to determine successfully whether the person is undergoing an episode of despondency of short duration because of the condition or not, it is very significant to know about the symptoms causing situational depression. Depression is often used in a vague way to define moods r

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How to Build Self-Confidence & Improve Self-Esteem : 5 Ways

How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem Self-Confidence Meaning Self Confidence is a belief on ones abilities. In the purest form it expresses how much belief you have in your own abilities, in any field. You can have great self confidence in your soccer abilities but when it comes to relationships, you are lost. So it varies on the field which we are examining.   We all have our strong and weak sides, and that’s okay. The problem begins when we disregard and undervalue ourselves, and lose faith in ourselves. This is what you should focus on, when building self confidence. You should focus on your strong sides and remind yourself of the things you are proud of, of the things that you are very good at. When you focus on the things you are proud of, you start feeling great about yourself and you begin to acknowledge your advantages as well. This leads to strong sense of self-appreciation and confidence. How to Build Self-Confidence Everyone is different, and what works for one perso

Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation script

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a stress management technique developed by Edmund Jacobson, Physical Therapist in early 1920s. According to Jacobson, since mental stress and anxiety accompanies muscular tension, one can reduce stress and anxiety  by learning to relax muscle tension.  Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation  ( JPMR ) technique (exercise/therapy) is still popular among modern physiotherapists as well as psychotherapists. In this article you will find a detailed discussion on PMR and 2 Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation scripts ... What Is Progressive Muscle Relaxation Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) can be defined as a relaxation response to daily stressors. It is a psychophysical therapy that can be used to reduce tension and physical pain, and to help clients learn to be more conscious of their own bodily sensations and body posture. It comprises a sequence of techniques designed to systematically relax specific

How to Deal with Depression Alone: Overcome Depression on Your Own

How to Deal with Depression Depression leaves devastation in its wake, but fortunately there is something that can be done about it. At this day and age, people are more aware of the harmful impact that untreated depression can lead to. Modern advances have more or less minimized the recurrence of depression once identified and treated. Knowing how to deal with depression will definitely save a life, yours or a loved one’s. Depression occurs more commonly than we think, and has varying impact to a person’s life. Depending on the individual lifestyle, coping mechanism and personality, it could range from manageable to disastrous. Symptoms could also vary, and a depressed person may exhibit frequent emotional down-times manifested through crying. It may also affect sexual desire, alienation from family and friends, as well as difficulty in finding meaning in life. A person with depression is also disinterested in participating in group activities, and may end up neglecting personal an