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5 Things About Addiction That May Surprise You

5 Things About Addiction That May Surprise You

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. It causes changes in the neural pathways that remember the pleasures of activities such as eating, sex, alcohol and drug use, gambling, etc. When triggered, these pleasurable memories cause an overwhelming desire to repeat the experience. Without the proper skills to overcome this desire, and without dealing with the root causes of the issues that led to the addictions to begin with, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of addiction. After all, pleasure is a hard thing to resist.
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Utah Suicide Prevention

Being Mindful of the Way We Talk About Suicide

The recent untimely death of Robin Williams shed new light on suicide, depression and other mental health issues. The media coverage of his death called attention to both proper and improper ways reports of suicide should be handled by the press. Some reporters focused on how Williams died. Others questioned why someone so successful and wealthy wanted to die. Some political pundits and religious zealots tried to place blame. One even called Williams a coward. Another referred to him as a sinner. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), along with a number of other organizations, has written guidelines for the media to follow when reporting on suicide. Read more

3 Ways to Manage Your Mental Wellness During the Holidays

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5 Ways to Support the Mental Health of Your LGBTQ Loved Ones

Although mental health professionals considered homosexuality a mental illness between 1952 and 1973, today’s professional …

What To Do if an Addict is Unwilling to Seek Help

People suffering from addiction may find it hard to ask for help. It may seem simple, but it feels different for the person …