How Life Circumstances Affect Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction is a disease with biological, psychological and social components. It often co-exists with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another mental health condition. These mental health conditions can also arise from both genetic and environmental causes. Life circumstances, and especially early life experiences, can predispose individuals to…

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Dependent Personality Disorder and Addiction Help

A person with a dependent personality disorder (DPD) struggles with a deep need to be taken care of and fears being abandoned by the important individuals in his or her life. As a result a person with DPD often acts out in ways that cause others to care for him…

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Defining Mental Health Disorders

According to the Mayo Clinic, mental health disorders encompass a wide range of conditions that affect a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. Many of these symptoms occur in the average person’s life, but when the symptoms become more frequent and affect a person’s ability to function normally…

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Dangers of Denying a Mental Health Issue

Suspecting that a loved one has mental health problem can be heartbreaking. The instinct to cover your eyes and hope the problem disappears is often strong, which is why so many parents, spouses and friends miss the opportunity to take action early on. At first denial may help people cope…

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The Connection between Impulse Control and Tramadol Abuse

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders characterizes impulse control disorders as a “failure to resist an impulse, drive or temptation to perform an act that is harmful to the person or others.” It does not specify that addiction falls into this category, but the two issues have a…

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