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What is a Moral Injury?

What is a moral injury? As you might guess from the name, it’s an injury or wound not to your physical body, but to your conscience or sense of personal ethics. A veteran’s organization defines it this way: “Moral injury is when one feels they have violated their conscience or moral compass when they take …

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Can Your Environment Affect Your Mental Health?

Understanding How Your Environment Affects Your Mental Health The environment affects your mental health in diverse and sometimes unexpected ways. Broadly defined, your environment includes the surroundings and conditions you live in, and it can impact you through both physical and psychological means. These are some of the many environmental factors that can affect your …

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The Science Behind Genetics and Mental Health Disorders

Understanding the Relation Between Your Genetics and Mental Health Disorders How genetics and mental health disorders overlap is a topic of ongoing research. There are things we know and things we’re still figuring out. There does seem to be a genetic component to some common mental health conditions, but genetic influence certainly isn’t the only …

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What Are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorders?

There are many different types of anxiety disorders. And, by understanding the variations among these forms can help you to appreciate the need for specialized mental health treatment programs. While all forms are serious mental illnesses, they have specific causes and symptoms. The need for treatment of all anxiety disorders, though, is essential to help …

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Do’s and Don’ts for When You Think You Have a Loved One with Addiction

Addiction can become a devastating problem for both the sufferer and their loved ones. If you think that you have a loved one with addiction, there are some things that you should do to help. However, you must also avoid keeping the person from pulling away from you. Finding a balance may feel difficult at …

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Knowing When a Loved One with Depression Needs Help

Depression is a serious psychological condition that goes beyond lingering feelings of sadness. However, too often, people with depression don’t get the help they need because their loved ones don’t recognize the severity of their problem. If you think you have a loved one with depression, learn the signs to find out if they need …

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What to Do If You Have a Loved One with Anxiety

Having a loved one with anxiety can feel confusing and infuriating. You may not understand why they do some things. Fortunately, there are people who understand those suffering from anxiety. In fact, mental health treatment programs can help your loved one to learn strategies to handle their anxious thoughts and break free of their intense …

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Relapse Prevention Techniques to Help You Through Difficult Times

How to Prevent Relapse Recovering from a mental illness or substance abuse is a formidable feat. But the process is not a straight line. In fact, you will have good and bad days throughout the process. Regardless of the type of day you have though, you must continue to live in recovery daily. Unfortunately, you …

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How Are You Coping With Isolation During Coronavirus?

Isolation is taking a toll on the collective mental health of our society. This is where perception is paramount. Social media proclaims that people are taking advantage of this exorbitant amount of time. They are investing in their physical health, the cleanliness of their home, de-cluttering years of refuse, and the like. This is a …

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How To Fill Your Time Sober In Quarantine

Time is your friend in quarantine. When deciding how to fill your time sober in quarantine be innovative. Focus on your sobriety.  Don’t focus on how you began abusing drugs or alcohol. Stifling your feelings is not going to help. Pretending it’s not there can cause a relapse. When you’re faced with a trigger like …

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