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Can You “Catch” Depression?

  Author: Shernide Delva Depression is a disease that is not like the common cold. You cannot “catch” depression, but being around people who are going through mental health issues can affect you and your emotions.  So is depression contagious? Not exactly, however, the answer is complicated. A person’s susceptibility to certain behaviors is significantly . . . . Continue Reading


How to Survive College Life Sober

Worried about sober college life? You are not alone. Movie after movie depicts college life as a time full of boozing up and drug experimentation for the newly independent adult. However, not everyone’s story has to go like that. You can still get the most of your college experience and stay sober doing so! Many . . . . Continue Reading


Why We Seek Instant Gratification and How to Stop

Addiction often stems from the desire to seek instant gratification, even if it is unwise. Instant gratification may seem like the perfect idea in the moment but over time, seeking instant gratification is a major mistake. The problem with seeking instant gratification is it becomes insatiable. What is instant gratification? Instant gratification is the desire . . . . Continue Reading


Bipolar Disorder: What You Need To Know

While the occasional up and down mood is a normal part of life, those with bipolar disorder go through extreme mood changes that can significantly affect their quality of life. During episodes of mania and depression, some people with bipolar disorder learn to use substances to self-medicate. Because of this, bipolar disorder and drug addiction . . . . Continue Reading


Many Mothers Struggle With PTSD After a Traumatic Childbirth

Some women experience labor so challenging that the experience results in postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth. This usually occurs from a real or perceived trauma during delivery or postpartum. Types of trauma includes: Prolapsed cord Unplanned C-section Use of vacuum extractor or forceps to deliver the baby Baby going to NICU Feelings of powerlessness, . . . . Continue Reading


129 Families Share Their Loss on Capitol Hill to Combat Addiction

Last month, 129 families made their way to the U.S. capital to call on Congress to address the opioid crisis. The number 129 was chosen because every day, 129 people die from substance abuse and addiction. These 129 families gathered to tell Congress stories of the loved ones they lost, or nearly lost, to opioid . . . . Continue Reading


Avoid Symptom Switching in Your Eating Disorder Recovery

After nearly three years of being what I considered a “perfect” anorexic, I found myself suddenly stuffing my face with spoonfuls of peanut butter. I knew mentally I was consuming about a hundred calories per swallow. However, I could not stop. The realization came that I had switched from having anorexia to full on binge . . . . Continue Reading


How Much Does Weather Affect Our Mood?

   Rain, Rain go away!  Come again some other day! The past week in South Florida has been a rainy one, and I noticed it had a significant effect on my mood. My energy was lower, and I wanted more than anything to take a nap. All this rainy weather had me wondering how much weather affects . . . . Continue Reading


Why Your Digestive Health is Crucial in Recovery

In the beginning, your main focus in recovery should be staying sober by any means possible. However, once you are more secure in your sobriety, the next step is to focus on your digestive health.  Why? Well, in case you did not already know, drug use severely impacts your digestive health. When you come off those drugs, . . . . Continue Reading


Why You Should Love Being Sensitive

Sensitive people often go to great lengths to hide their inner sensitivity. However, being sensitive does not have to be a bad thing. You do not have to hide behind your emotions anymore.  There are positives to being sensitive that the right people in your life will appreciate. Sensitive people are often the most compassionate . . . . Continue Reading