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Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

Many who grow up in a dysfunctional family end up passing on the family dysfunction. Dena Foman discusses the impact of family dysfunction in her life.

The cycle of dysfunction – you grow up in a significantly dysfunctional family and it has an impact on you. Now you have kids and the cycle of family dysfunction continues. Without recognition and positive change, the family dysfunction is passed from generation to generation.

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The Insidiousness of Alcoholism

The Insidiousness of Alcoholism

Kendra was a binge drinker. While in college, she never thought of binge drinking as a problem. Years later, she was an alcoholic. Watch video.

I don’t know anyone who has set out to become an alcoholic. For most, alcoholism creeps up on you. Take Kendra for instance. She’s our guest on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Kendra started binge drinking in college. It was part of the social scene, so it never struck her that binge drinking might be an indication of a drinking problem. After all, she was only drinking one day a week. Of course, that was the early years.

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Understanding Exercise Addiction

Understanding Exercise Addiction

Like millions of other Americans, I don’t get enough exercise. I’m more keenly aware of that fact in the month of January, when every gym and athletic goods store ramps up their advertising efforts to take advantage of the New Year fitness fever. But that doesn’t mean I’ll do anything about it. Ultimately, it’s just not that important to me. For some people, the opposite is true – exercise is one of the most important things to them. Does that mean they have an exercise addiction? How do you know if you’re over-exercising?

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Sexual Addiction: Facts and Fallacies

Sexual Addiction: Facts and Fallacies

Watch our sexual addiction video interview with expert Robert Weiss as he discusses the realities of sexual addiction and addresses common misconceptions.

It’s with humility and a little embarrassment that I admit to having come to erroneous conclusions about sexual addiction and sex addicts without the data to back me up. Sexual addiction facts should come from educated, experienced experts – not  entertainment media and anecdote. We were very fortunate to have Robert Weiss join us last week on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Alcohol Addiction and Holiday Sobriety

Alcohol Addiction and Holiday Sobriety

The holiday season is fraught with stress, depression, and money problems for so many people that I’d imagine dreading this time of year is more the rule than the exception. It’s no wonder then, that staying sober during the holidays is difficult at best. Managing alcohol addiction is no easy task regardless of the date on the calendar. But holiday sobriety presents its own unique challenges.

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Video Game Addiction: The Search for Treatment

Video Game Addiction: The Search for Treatment

Like most parents, Laurie Oulette wants her son to be healthy and happy. When he’s sick, struggling, or in trouble she wants to help him get well. But since his father’s suicide last December, Laurie’s 14-year-old son has become immersed in a video game addiction.

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What Science Can Teach Us about Addiction Recovery

What Science Can Teach Us about Addiction Recovery

A new addiction treatment program is saving lives. Watch this addiction recovery video with Dr. Harold Urschel on the latest science behind addiction treatment.

I thought addictions were essentially poor coping skills. “It’s a disease,” I’ve heard people say. But when I listened further the disease described to me was one of the mind, of emotion mismanagement, and of a physical dependence created by an inability to manage life. As such, I thought addiction recovery was a job for therapy and support groups.

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Inside the Bipolar Mind of Natasha Tracy

Inside the Bipolar Mind of Natasha Tracy

What is it really like living with Bipolar Disorder? Breaking Bipolar blog author, Natasha Tracy, provides a look inside the bipolar mind. Watch video.

If you’re wondering what it’s like living with bipolar disorder, or a serious mental illness,  here is one of the most illuminating lines on the subject that I’ve come across:

“It explores the difference between a sick brain and a mind left trying to cope with it.”

It was written by Natasha Tracy, describing the focus of her new Breaking Bipolar blog on HealthyPlace.com.

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Parents of Addicts: What You Do Right, Wrong, and When to Do Nothing

Parents of Addicts: What You Do Right, Wrong, and When to Do Nothing

Raising a child is hard enough. Having a child with an addiction can be a living hell; a nightmare of constant heartache and worry. This week, on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we’re focusing on parents of addicts – what they do right, wrong, and how to draw the line in helping an addicted child (teen or adult).

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Controlling Overeating and Food Addiction – Sept. 29

Controlling Overeating and Food Addiction – Sept. 29

Reasons why people overeat and how to successfully manage your food addiction. Watch our guest, Caryl Ehrlich, founder of the Caryl Ehrlich program.

Overeating is a big problem for many of us. On the Tuesday night HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we’re welcoming Caryl Ehrlich, founder of the Caryl Ehrlich Program. We’re going to be discussing the reasons why people overeat and then learn how to successfully manage your food addiction. You can watch and participate (we’ll be taking your questions) right from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage. If you can’t make the live show, watch it “on-demand.”

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