Posts made in September, 2015

Dual Diagnosis and the Most Common Links to Addiction

»Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Dual Diagnosis and the Most Common Links to Addiction

Addiction is not usually a singular disease.   The majority of addicts have a dual diagnosis, meaning they have a mental health condition in addition to their addiction. Often times, people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their mental health symptoms. For example someone with anxiety may feel like alcohol allows them to act more “normal” and not as standoffish. While this tactic may work temporarily, using a substance like alcohol to tame an imbalance in your emotions is somewhat counterintuitive considering the side effects that come with drinking. In fact, many addicts have mental health conditions because of their addictions. Drugs and alcohol have a strong physiological effect on the body, so it makes sense that they can cause other...

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Overcoming Social Anxiety

»Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Most people enjoy social gatherings, finding the company of others a great comfort. For some though,the idea of being around a crowd of people terrifies them and causes them to go into a panic. Individuals who suffer from social anxiety generally have a strong physical and emotional reaction to  being in social situations, usually due to a fear of being judged or evaluated by others. Meeting new people especially can trigger nausea, increased heart beat, shortness of breath as well as an overall feeling of panic. Unfortunately for those that suffer from social anxiety, they cannot simply avoid social interaction to avoid the horrible side effects of their issue. To be successful in today’s society you must be able to engage in both small talk as well as...

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Living After Domestic Abuse

»Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Living After Domestic Abuse

Surviving domestic violence and moving past it are two very different things. If you have left an abusive relationship successfully, you have made a huge step, and should be extremely proud of yourself. It’s important to remember, however, that although the abusive behavior may end at you leaving, the emotional and mental scars it leaves may take longer to recover from. The good news is coping with the aftermath of domestic violence is something that you are capable of! Something that you will need to commit yourself to in order to stick to your convictions and continue your progress, is trusting yourself and your decisions. It is easy to fall back into your old situation when you are still feeling like a victim. It’s important to remind yourself that...

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New Study Shows Difference in Boys & Girls with Autism

»Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New Study Shows Difference in Boys & Girls with Autism

According to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine, there are some distinct behavioral differences between boys and girls who have autism. This new study suggests that the differences in behavior may be due to brain pathway differences that are distinct to each sex. This new discovery could mean big changes for professionals in the mental health industry, and in the way that autism is treated. Click here to read more about this new study on psychcentral.com… Image by Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot at FreeDigitalPhotos.net THIS BLOG claims no credit for any images  posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images and articles on this blog are copyright to its respectful owners. If there is an image appearing on this blog that belongs to you...

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Divorce for Parents

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Do’s and Dont’s of Divorce for Parents

While divorce is extremely hard for the spouses that are going through it, it is usually even more difficult for their children. Not only are they dealing with a huge shift in their life, but they are often burdened by feelings of guilt, confusion, and anger. Although no one ever goes into a marriage planning on a divorce, it is important to remember that if a divorce is inevitable protecting your children should be a top priority. WHAT NOT TO DO DURING YOUR DIVORCE: *Do not include your children in the conflict of your divorce. This means don’t fight, argue, or discuss your divorce in front of your kids, or when they can hear you. Also do not criticize the other parent in front of your children. Don’t pit your kids against the other parent, or use...

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