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Breaking the Cycle: Understanding and Treating Dual Diagnosis

An individual with dual diagnosis  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. 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-medicate. For example, a person with de

What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It

Do you ever feel like a fraud, even after achieving success?  This is a surprisingly common phenomenon called impostor syndrome.  It can be incredibly debilitating, holding people back from reaching their full potential.  However, by understanding impostor syndrome and the strategies to combat it , you can silence those inner voices of doubt and build a more confident you. Imposter Syndrome Imposter syndrome is a psychological experience characterized by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, despite evidence of success. People with impostor syndrome often have a negative self-image and fear of failure, which can hold them back from reaching their full potential. Research suggests it may be more commonly reported by women, but it can affect anyone. Imposter Syndrome: Mental Illness or Internal Critic? While impostor syndrome shares characteristics with anxiety and depression (feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt), it's not classified as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statist

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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The Mystery of Edith Bouvier Beale's Mental Health

Edith Bouvier Beale , commonly known as " Little Edie ," was an American socialite and cousin of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In this article, we explore the life of Edith Bouvier Beale, an enigmatic figure whose struggles with mental health captivated public attention. From her affluent upbringing to her seclusion in " Grey Gardens ," we delve into the complexities of Edith Bouvier Beale's mental health journey. Edith Bouvier Beale's Mental Health: What We Know (and Don't Know) In the realm of intriguing personalities, Edith Bouvier Beale stands out as a complex figure whose life was marked by both glamour and obscurity. While her name might not ring a bell for everyone, her captivating journey, marred by mental health struggles, has left an indelible mark. Let us delve into the life of Edith Bouvier Beale, exploring her early days, her rise to stardom, her decline into isolation, and the profound impact of mental health challenges on

OCD: Symptoms, Types, Causes, Treatment, Help, Cure

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder , more commonly known as  OCD , is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder and is characterized by way of persistent, undesired thought processes (obsessions) and/or repeating actions (compulsions). Obsession, in this case, is highly unpleasant as the individual is compelled to repeat certain behaviors again and again. The condition, most of the time, is anxiety-related and the  thoughts are unwanted and intrusive . Sufferers often understand that these thoughts are irrational, but by performing compulsive behavior, they believe they will be cured or will be relieved. Recurring actions such as hand washing (to avoid catching germs), counting numbers, checking things over, or cleaning are frequently carried out with the anticipation of avoiding compulsive thoughts or making them disappear altogether. This is to avoid their obsession turning into reality. OCD is a common mental condition that affects 2.5 million adults or

Health Anxiety Is Ruining My Life: How to Get Over It

Do you have a fear of diseases? Have you ever thought of a simple headache to be a brain tumor, or a slight stomach ache as an intestinal blockage? Have people ever called you crazy because of your obsession with health and hygiene? Are you gripped by a constant fear of being terminally ill? Have you ever self-diagnosed yourself by checking the symptoms online? Are you aware of the symptoms of various diseases because you constantly look them up online? Do you keep getting tests done (often by different doctors)? Is no reassurance enough to prove that you are not sick? You know that but are never satisfied. Is that you? If the answer to most of these questions is yes, you probably are a hypochondriac. But if " Health anxiety is ruining my life " is something you can relate to, this article will help you overcome it. Health Anxiety Is Ruining My Life If you're constantly worried about their health and always convinced that you are sick, then you may