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10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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Marijuana & Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, says a new study from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

"Our research demonstrates that cannabis has a differential risk on susceptible versus non-susceptible individuals," said Dr. Barzilay, one of the lead researchers. "In other words, young people with a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia — those who have psychiatric disorders in their families — should bear in mind that they're playing with fire if...
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6 News Stories That Are Actually Positive

In A Wise Approach To Taking In The News PsychCentral blogger Elisha Goldstein writes: The global political climate right now is very sensitive and all we need is a little spark to get our nervous systems activated. He also suggests if we experience a positive or negative reaction to the news, we research the article before sharing it.

In NYC, what we've seen is a tendency towards feeling negative about the news in general, and a palpable lack of...
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Our Top Seven Addiction Recovery Posts Of 2016


Therapy Soup's top 7 addiction recovery posts of 2016:

12 Steps for 15 Maladies

Flawed Belief System Keeps Him Using Drugs & Alcohol

Seven Insights You Can Use In Recovery From Mental Illness & Addiction

Addiction Study Might Lead To New Treatment Options

The Real Reason People Begin To Use Drugs, Drink (And What You Can Do About It)

In Addiction As In Life, Honesty Is...
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Hanukkah Recovery Insights–8 Nights Of Light & Healing

Hanukkah is the beloved festival of light. We celebrate by lighting candles or olive oil lamps, and through prayer, song, playing special games and eating delicious foods.

The Hanukkah story, and especially the menorah lights, are particularly relevant to those in recovery from mental illness or addiction. Hanukkah in essence, can be described as the triumph of spiritual light and lasting truth over darkness, emptiness, and falsehood.

8 Nights of Recovery Insights by the Light of the Menorah

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Flawed Belief System Keeps Him Using Drugs & Alcohol

What you believe—about life, about people, about yourself—is key to how your recovery from addiction progresses. A flawed belief system helps keep you mired in the past or prevents you from envisioning, or believing in, your future.

Recently I met with Kyle. He had been using opioids, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol to self-medicate for more than twenty years. He began using when he was 16, and he's now 36. Although he's actively using substances, and...
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12-Steps For 15 Maladies

In the original 1938 Alcoholics Anonymous book*, 15 emotional/spiritual symptoms (referred to as maladies) of addiction are listed:

being restless, irritable, and discontented
having trouble with personal relationships
not being able to control our emotional natures
being prey to (or suffering from) misery and depression
not being able to make a living (or a happy and successful life)
having feelings of uselessness
being full of fear
unhappiness
inability to be of real help to other people
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