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Substance Abuse, Addiction and Alcoholism

Addiction and Alcoholism Addiction and alcoholism are not moral issues. They are defined as chronic, progressive, and ultimately fatal diseases by the American Medical Association. Do we fault a diabetic for being diabetic, or a cancer patient for having cancer? Obviously not. Then why should alcoholism and drug addiction be viewed differently? The answer is simple. They shouldn't...! Addiction takes many forms, but has some unique features regardless of the substance or behavior of choice. It is characterized by a compulsive craving or desire for the substance, impulsive behaviors, and continued use and abuse despite negative social, physical, and emotional consequences. Addiction means, most simply, a repetitive compulsion to ingest a particular substance or engage in a particular activity that results in pleasant feeling or “high” in the short-term, but which has harmful long-term consequences to a person’s health, mental state or lifestyle. Like many other chronic diseases, add

Antidepressants: Types, Uses, Withdrawal, Side Effects, Patient Teaching

Antidepressants When an individual suffers from depression , mental health professionals often suggest antidepressants or depression medications to relieve the symptoms. However, it should be taken into consideration that depression medications are advised only for a limited period of time and do not treat the problem from the root cause. In addition to its inability of treating the underlying problem, it also causes side effects and health threats. For all such reasons having profound and qualitative knowledge about antidepressants is very important to weigh the benefits in contrast to the risks it can cause you. The success rate of antidepressants Researches have shown that in acute state of depression, antidepressants work efficiently to reduce the symptoms. However, till date, we do not have antidepressants for all kinds of patients. The known medications have worked only on a limited number of people which comes out to be less than 50 percent of the total count of depression pati

Overcoming Procrastination: 10 Proven Tips and Strategies

Overcoming Procrastination It isn’t easy to find the energy to get stuff done, when you would rather sit on the couch and watch TV or scroll on your mobile phone. But unless you live in a world where calling in sick to work, not handing in term papers, and waking up at noon have no consequences, it’s something you must overcome. If you are not a procrastinator, then this article isn’t for you… go find something productive to do. The rest of us need a litany of motivational boosters that can get us off the couch and into gear. When passion, habits, and a productive environment have failed you, it’s time to look elsewhere. Here is a short list of 10 proven tips that you can use to get leverage on your procrastination. Tips for Overcoming Procrastination 1. Focus… and Focus on Right Now Focus on the things to be done. Asking “why am I doing this” often help focus your efforts and tasks. And, don’t live in the past on what you accomplished yesterday and don’t worry about what you nee

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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