Why is it so hard for people to admit when they are wrong? Research says it’s because that’s the way the human brain is wired. Our biased brain convinces us that we are right in spite of a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
Whether we are recovering from an illness or we simply desire to live a longer and healthier life, we need social support. Learn why social support is important, and how we can build our networks.
The normal response to trauma is resilience and growth. Most people do not develop depression, suicide, PTSD or anxiety in response to an adverse event. Most people are resilient.
Understand what causes cornstarch cravings and how important it is to get help before the problem progresses. Learn about other non food cravings and the role nutrition plays.
A view of the unhealthy marriage between music and crimes against women with information about emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
It takes 10-15 years and $1.3 billion to get a drug from the laboratory to a patient. There are currently about 300 medicines in the pipeline that are aimed at treating mental illness. If approved they offer high hopes for the treatment of mental illness and will have a significant impact on...
Learn about the history of US Health Care and the role the health insurance industry has played in reducing health care costs. Gain a better understanding of health care reform and the Health Care Reform Law.
Cleaning a garage or basement after a decade or more of accumulating junk, can be an overwhelming task. 1-800-GOT-JUNK can help make the job do-able. Learn more about 1-800-GOT-JUNK and our positive experience with the company.
If there is an opposite of addiction, it might be mindfulness. While addiction often involves running from feelings and numbing pain, mindfulness involves learning to stay with and accept pain and discomfort. Practicing mindfulness skills during treatment can help maintain sobriety beyond...
Join the group. Gain an inside view of a court ordered substance abuse treatment group as members explore stressors that can jeopardize their sobriety and interfere with their ability to stay in the "here and now."
Harsh criticism destroys relationships. Caring confrontation helps relationships flourish. People who use caring confrontation are generally more happy. Caring confrontation is a skill that can be learned to replace harsh criticism and improve relationships and quality of life.
A suicide crisis is different from suicide risk. Learn to recognize signs of a suicide crisis, suicide risk factors, signs of depression, how to respond to a suicide crisis, and ways to reduce suicide risk. Learn when and how to access a suicide hotline.
The term “wet brain” is an informal (non-medical) term used to describe a number of irreversible, organic brain diseases related to alcohol that cause mental impairment and physical disabilities.
In order to maintain sobriety through the holidays, it is important to recognize holiday stressors and develop a clear plan for coping with them. Use the holiday stress quiz to assess your stress savvy and add the stress quiz widget to your website.
Even a small amount of exercise each day can help manage stress and anger, reduce feelings of depression, improve mood, relieve lower back pain, and increase energy. A ten minute workout at home with an exercise ball, with or without hand weights can be an important part of any recovery or wellness...
There is a link between our feelings of rejection and our risk for health problems. Practicing mindfulness can help us cope with rejection and improve our immune system. With a quick glance at research and a crash course on mindfulness, we can develop better coping techniques and better health.
Many children and adults are not receiving treatment for very treatable mental health conditions because of false information and stigma related to mental illness and mental health. This article dispels myths and provides reliable information about current psychiatric medications and treatments. ...
A look at some patterns and trends in retail shopping behavior to include online and web-influence shopping, consumer spending and confidence, and seasonal shopping trends.
A single bullying event involves six participants in addition to the bully and the victim. Examine the dynamics of bullying and characteristics of bullies and victims. Learn ways to deal with bullies and bullying.
Use the Johari Window to increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and to decrease anxiety. This communication tool can help improve relationships.
Assertiveness is a communication style that respects self and others equally. Assertiveness is a skill that can be learned and can be used to improve personal and professional relationships. Sometimes our beliefs about assertiveness hinder our ability to act and communicate assertively. Learn...
Relapse prevention skills are skills that help an addict or alcoholic anticipate and cope effectively with the very real potential for relapse. Learning to apply specific coping skills to preventing relapse or maintaining sobriety is relapse prevention.
In a previous article, "Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions," I presented some basic information about how thoughts, feelings and actions interact with each other; and how understanding this interaction will increase self awareness and ultimately...
Learning how our thoughts, feelings and actions interact with each other is a key step toward self discovery and personal empowerment. Learning to identify and correct "faulty" thinking patterns can lead to a more effective and fulfilling life. By changing the way we think, we change the way we...