Posts made in December, 2015

Common Misconceptions about Bipolar Disorder

»Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Common Misconceptions about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental illness that is often misunderstood. While all mental illness’ face stigma, bipolar disorder in particular has it’s own set of issues due to the lack of knowledge of the general public. Unfortunately individuals are often hesitant to speak about it when they do receive this diagnosis, due mostly to the fear of backlash from people in their lives. People often equate bipolar disorder to “being crazy”, which is not only hurtful but also very ignorant. Listed below are some of the most common misconceptions about bipolar disorder: People with bipolar are never happy, they are either depressed or mad all the time. This statement is completely wrong, for many reasons. No one feels something “all the...

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The Functioning Addict

»Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Functioning Addict

Most people feel like if someone in their life was an addict, they would know. There are major warning of someone who is addicted to alcohol or other substances that are commonly understood, and people often think that the majority of addicts fall into the category of having the obvious warning signs, such as the inability to perform basic life tasks due to their drinking. In reality though, less than 10% of those with a drinking problem show those major warning signs according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Rather, the majority of addicts are functioning and are very good at disguising their dependence. There are some things that you can look for in someone who you believe may have a substance abuse problem, but can still...

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NEARI News: Adolescents Who Have Sexually Abused: Criminal Careers and Life Events

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

NEARI News: Adolescents Who Have Sexually Abused: Criminal Careers and Life Events

The Question As adolescents who have sexually abused take on adult life events such as marriage or job, is there an associated decrease in criminal re-offending? The Research Chantel van den Berg, Catrien Bijleveld, and Jan Hendriks investigated whether life events such as marriage, parenthood, and employment were associated with a decrease in sexually abusive behaviors. To date, numerous studies have demonstrated that life events associated with adulthood can be a protective factor against further criminal offending (e.g., sexual, violent, property, and drug offenses). However, to date, no study has examined how these life events affect the adult criminal (sexual and nonsexual) career of individuals arrested for a sexual offense as an adolescent. With their...

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