I never heard much about bipolar disorder until I started spending time with alcoholics. No wonder since bipolar disorder and alcoholism are often linked together. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to half the people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?
Some of my most popular social media links are based on eating disorders. I find this a little strange, because I rarely receive a phone call on that very subject. In any case, I put together a quick sheet. In the United States eating disorders are more common than Alzheimer's disease. As many as one million women … Continue reading Eating Disorders – Fast Facts
Internet Addiction Addiction is a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something. For most people, moderate and self-regulated internet use remains the norm, but with our new generation being born using the web, it’s is important to properly understand this new addiction. The disorder is marked by excessive (non-productive time spend online). Just like … Continue reading Addiction in the Form of the Internet
When I do a search for the term "self-harm" most of the results I get are from United Kingdom websites. I don' know why. I also notice that most of the results relate to young-people and self-harm. That makes sense, since it appears to affect more kids than adults. So what self-injury or self-harm? Self-harm … Continue reading Self-Harm – Cutting – Self-Injury
Dual Diagnosis, Co-Occuring Disorder and Comorbidity - I'm confused Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people with a mental illness who have coexisting problems with drugs and/or alcohol. Sometimes, it is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. To cause more confusion, the definition of comorbidity is "the presence of one or more disorders, … Continue reading Substance Abuse and Mental Illness