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Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Prescription pain medication addiction is more common than you think. Read one man's story of how he became addicted to pain medications prescribed to him.Prescription pain medication addiction can happen more quickly than you can imagine. Here is my story of being addicted to pain medication.

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Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

It can be difficult to be in a relationship with someone with schizophrenia. Read tips on having a successful relationship with one with schizophrenia.Relationships with schizophrenia are complicated. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a lot of things suddenly made sense and a lot of things were instantly out of place. For instance, my relationship with friends and family got complicated. As first, I didn’t know if I should tell them. I was afraid of how they might react. The same was true for meeting new people. When do I tell them? Should I tell them? What if I scare them away? The word “schizophrenia” carries a stigma after all.  Stacked on top of this was the fact that I have always been more of an introvert by nature. Being told I was schizophrenic didn’t help. Instead, it became a justification for me to withdraw and refrain from being social. My relationships have been altered by my schizophrenia.

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How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Supporting someone who suffers from bipolar disorder can be a difficult and challenging experience. Having lived with two people who suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, I’m only now starting to figure out how to help people with bipolar disorder. It’s taken years for me to understand how their ailment affects their way of thinking and how best to help them when they have emotionally intense episodes.

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Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

How to help your child with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is not in any parenting manual. Helping your child with OCD is almost impossible when you don’t know about it yourself.

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The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

We’re celebrating the inaugural video of our first HealthyPlace YouTube vlogger, Hannah Blum, with a fun giveaway. Hannah has bipolar 2 disorder and she’ll be sharing not only her story but, in the weeks to come, she’ll be talking about many different aspects of living with a mental illness. Her first official video post is this coming Monday morning. You’ll definitely want to check that out.

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Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders — 5 Critical Parts

Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders — 5 Critical Parts

Family-based therapy for eating disorders is one of the most productive forms of treatment for adolescents, particularly those with anorexia nervosa, as well as various forms of bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and extremely picky eating.

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How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

Autism (now known as autism spectrum disorder) treatments in the United States are changing and new autism treatments are available. Autism is one of the most prevalent mental conditions affecting both children and adults in the United States today. The amount of diagnoses has skyrocketed in recent years from an estimated 1 in 166 during 2006, to an estimated 1 in 68 today. As we learn more about how autism works and affects individuals, autism treatment has changed markedly in the United States. Here is a look at some of the different and most changed autism treatment methods.

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Tips for Handling Grief in a Healthy Way

Tips for Handling Grief in a Healthy Way

Handling grief healthily can be challenging. One of the hardest things people have to deal with during a lifetime is the loss of a loved one. When a traumatic event like this happens those left behind may have a difficult time processing their grief. As a result, they keep their feelings bottled up or in extreme cases turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to ease the pain. Although all may seem lost and hopeless, there are positive ways to embrace grief. Read these tips for handling grief in a healthy way to learn how.

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How the Opioid Epidemic and Vicodin Use Spread Like Wildfire

How the Opioid Epidemic and Vicodin Use Spread Like Wildfire

There is an opioid epidemic happening in the US right now. Vicodin use has spiked and people are constantly overdosing. Read about the opioid epidemic here.

The opioid epidemic and hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin) use have spread through the United States like wildfire. The United States makes up only 4.6% of the world’s population but consumes 80% of its opioids — and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone, the opiate that is in Vicodin. Most of those prescriptions are unnecessary. The use of hydrocodone/acetaminophen, the most popular pain relief drug in the country, has grown dramatically from 112 million doses prescribed in 2006, to 181 million in the U.S. today, according to a national survey done by the consulting firm Intercontinental Marketing Services (IMS) Health. Clearly there is an opioid epidemic and clearly, a large part of the problem is Vicodin use.

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How a Mother’s Death by Suicide Affects Others

How a Mother’s Death by Suicide Affects Others

A suicide affect many, especially when it’s a mother’s death by suicide. My mother had many problems in her life. She was mentally ill and had to endure a lot of harsh judgement, embarrassment and shame in her life and, being her children, so did we. Not only was she mentally Ill, but she was also an addict and alcoholic. It was something that was never discussed or acknowledged by family members and we never shared our secret unless we really had to. My mother also died by suicide and the effects of this suicide are still felt a decade later.

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