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4 Reasons Why Clutter Is Bad for Your Mental Health

  New research reveals it’s better to live a less cluttered life. While this may not sound surprising, the reality is many people’s lives are full of clutter. Your ability to think clearly and live an organized lifestyle depends on your ability to navigate through the clutter. Less is more, as they say. When you . . . . Continue Reading


Suicide Rates Among Teen Girls Reach 40-Year High

  The suicide rate among teen girls is at an all-time high, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The suicide rate among teen girls reached a 40-year high in 2015, and researchers are not sure the reason behind this rapid increase. Girls are not the only group affected. . . . . Continue Reading


Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Her Battles with Depression and Addiction

  Mary J. Blige, the artist dubbed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” recently opened up about battling depression and addiction.  Blige has always been pretty open about her struggles. Whether it was her addiction, mental illness or childhood abuse, the singer has not been shy about the obstacles she’s overcome to get to where she is. In . . . . Continue Reading


Creativity, Mental Illness, and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

Creative people sometimes worry that their spark will go away if they seek chemical help for their depression and anxiety. Are you a creative person? Does this sound like you? After all, it is often emotions that drive the creative endeavors we engage in. What happens when that spark is diminished? The Connection between Mental . . . . Continue Reading


The Truth About Psychological Trauma and Drug Addiction

The connection between trauma, victimization, and addiction are often overlooked when it comes to treating addiction. However, going to meetings and getting a sponsor is not enough to ensure a full recovery for everyone. For some, it is necessary to address the underlying traumatic reasons for developing and sustaining addiction. Challenges Brought on by Trauma . . . . Continue Reading


Huge Decline in Underage Binge Drinking Across America

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Abuse  (SAMHSA) reveals that underage drinking rates among young people are declining. Considering we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, any good news is a breath of fresh air. When the 2010-2012 estimates were compared to the 2012-2014 estimates, 18 . . . . Continue Reading


Are You Are Depressed or Just Sad?

As someone who struggles with depression, I’ve struggled to decipher the moments in my life when I was depressed from the moments in my life when I was sad. Therefore, when I read a recent article, it reminded me that this is often a gray area. The clearest way I decipher depression from sadness is . . . . Continue Reading


Are Hormones Responsible for Your Addiction?

Could hormones be the reason for your addiction? Hormones may influence more than what we think. There is evidence that the hormone progesterone may influence levels of depression, anxiety, and even addiction. If you are currently on birth control or thinking of going off of birth control, you need to read this. Progesterone is a . . . . Continue Reading


Kesha Talks Mental Health, Eating Disorders & Social Media Use

Pop singer Kesha recently opened up about mental health, eating disorders and cyberbullying. She also reveals how social media fueled her anxiety and depression. These days, Kesha routinely takes time away from social media and says that comments towards her self-image only progressed her self-harming ways. While social media can be an excellent tool for . . . . Continue Reading


Gaslighting: What Is It and What Are the Signs?

Even if you do not know what “gaslighting” is, the chances are high that you have experienced it.  I never knew what gas lighting meant until I read about it, however after learning the definition, I know I’ve experienced gaslighting countless times in various relationships. So what on earth is gaslighting? Gaslighting is defined as . . . . Continue Reading