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Types of Depression and How to Recognize Them

Types of Depression and How to Recognize Them

Most people recognize that depression is more than sporadic feelings of sadness or grief. Depression is a disorder that can be challenging to diagnose and treat because the symptoms often involve hopelessness, preventing sufferers from seeking the treatment they need and deserve. While only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication for patients diagnosed with a depressive disorder,…

Coping With PTSD-Triggering Events

Coping With PTSD-Triggering Events

You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after living through or seeing a traumatic event. Although PTSD is commonly associated with veterans returning from war, anyone can develop it. You might develop signs of PTSD after being physically attacked or witnessing a tragic car accident. People who have PTSD often don’t have symptoms continuously. Instead,…

Substance Use Awareness for Depression Awareness Month

Substance Use Awareness for Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month, meaning that behavioral advocates bring specific attention to depression, a mental health condition that impacts millions of people in the U.S. alone. Reducing the stigma surrounding depression is especially crucial, as it decreases the likelihood that someone with depression will turn to an unhealthy coping mechanism, such as substance use. The Importance…

Substance Use Awareness of World Suicide Prevention Month

Substance Use Awareness of World Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which draws attention to the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. Suicide frequently stems from major depression and other mood disorders, meaning suicides can be prevented with the proper treatment. What Is National Suicide Awareness Month? September creates an open conversation about different…

Navigating Family Celebrations While in Recovery

Navigating Family Celebrations While in Recovery

Sometimes, it’s not painful events that can risk your sobriety — it’s life’s celebrations. From the winter holidays to warm weather gatherings, family get-togethers can present more temptations and risks to your recovery than you realize. From freely flowing alcohol to complex relationships that could trigger dark and uncomfortable feelings, it’s important to safeguard your hard-won…

How to Celebrate Without Alcohol

How to Celebrate Without Alcohol

Life is full of wonderful moments worth celebrating. From engagements and anniversaries to promotions and birthday parties, these events offer a bright spot in our calendars. Most people mark these occasions by popping the bubbly or pouring the wine. However, there are plenty of alcohol-free ways to celebrate life’s momentous events. 10 Alcohol-Free Ways to…

Chicago's Heroin Highway

Chicago’s Heroin Highway

Chicago is known for many things — world-class sports teams, deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs and an infamous, storied history of organized crime. While the days of gangsters and prohibition-age bootlegging are long gone, a modern crime wave has swept the city, making Chicago a heroin hot spot. As the heart of Midwest travel and…