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Benzo Brain Damage: How Drugs Like Xanax Break Down the Mind

  Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs where the core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. Commonly referred to as benzos, these compounds have become relatively notorious over recent years. However, even as they are seeing a trend in popularity in 2018, people have worried about the impact of these drugs on the . . . . Continue Reading


3 Signs of Psychological Abuse and How to Overcome Them

  Abuse can come in all shapes and sizes and can impact any kind of relationship. One form of abuse that is not as easy to recognize is psychological abuse. This form of toxic behavior is also commonly underestimated for how harmful it can actually be. Difficult-to-identify psychological abuse can endanger women the most. That . . . . Continue Reading


3 Critical Ways Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Us as Adults

Trauma can take on many forms during childhood. Some children may witness or experience violence, while others may experience emotional or physical neglect. Trauma in childhood can also come from other forms of abuse, all of which are tragic. Needless to say, when you grow up in a traumatizing environment, signs of that trauma will . . . . Continue Reading


30 Percent of People with Depression Don’t Get the Treatment They Need

A while back we took a look at the prevalence of depression among females, with data indicating that one in every four girls have depressive symptoms by 14-years-old. Now, data also suggests that out of all people who have depression, only 30% actually get treatment. For Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical . . . . Continue Reading


National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Let’s Get Real

Monday, February 26 was the beginning of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, ending on Sunday, March 4. So why is this movement so important? This year the theme from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is “Let’s Get Real”. The nonprofit’s website states that the goal is to . . . . Continue Reading


Death Rates Hitting New Heights from Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide

Death is a consequence of drug and alcohol abuse we are all now painfully aware of. The opioid crisis created an explosion of overdoses across the country, and every community has experienced the fallout. Suicide deaths have also continued to increase. Some reports even indicate that suicide deaths are worse than they appear, claiming suicides . . . . Continue Reading


The Death of Dolores O’Riordan and Suicide VS Overdose

On January 15, 2018, the world lost another iconic voice in music, Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries. At this point, a London coroner’s office is stating the cause of death will not be revealed until at least April. However, there have been many early reports saying that fentanyl poisoning is . . . . Continue Reading


1 in 4 Girls Have Depression Symptoms at Age 14 Says New Study

Depression is a difficult thing to talk about, but it is an increasingly important conversation. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) an estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015. Among people ages 15-44 years old depression is the leading cause of disability . . . . Continue Reading


Empowering Women through Trauma Resolution at The Orchid

The Orchid Ideology Trauma can be a result of numerous things. In some cases, trauma is a reaction to a catastrophic critical life-changing event. Many survivors of intense experiences such as a natural disaster or other life-threatening situations struggle with some degree of trauma. Other people who experience trauma are survivors of physical, emotional, verbal . . . . Continue Reading


Could Childhood Trauma Be Mistaken for ADHD?

Some experts say the effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed. What if your ADHD was really just a side effect of childhood trauma. It turns out, that could be a possibility. Exploring the Cause of Childhood Trauma Dr.  Nicole Brown of John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is on a mission to discover whether or . . . . Continue Reading