Man in therapy learning about the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Countering the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

A new study published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information has found that positive childhood experiences (PCEs) are critical for excellent mental health in adulthood. The greater amount of negative childhood experiences a person has, the more likely they are to experience poor health as an adult. These adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may lead…

Couple in therapy talking about Warning Signs of a Codependent Relationship

9 Warning Signs of a Codependent Relationship

A codependent relationship is a kind of dysfunctional relationship where one person is a caretaker, and the other person takes advantage. Codependent relationships are extremely common among people with substance use issues. Typically, one partner will take care of the other to the extent of enabling that partner’s addictive behavior. Often, the caretaker is raised…

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In many communities, it’s an opportunity to participate in local events and activities that promote mental wellness. It’s also an ideal time to examine the way your own thoughts impact your quality of life. Many Americans struggle with conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma disorder, and more. Sadly, instead…

adhd and addiction

The Connection Between ADHD and Addiction

More than 6 million U.S. children from ages 2 to 17 are currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also estimates that two-thirds of these children (64 percent) also have other co-occurring mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders (1). According to the National…

how ptsd can lead to addiction

How PTSD Can Lead to Addiction

Many people who suffer from untreated mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety often use drugs or alcohol to cope. PTSD is a debilitating mental health condition that leads to major depression, intense anxiety, and intrusive memories or flashbacks that make a severe impact on a person’s life. Many people…