How Gardening Can Reduce Stress

How Gardening Can Reduce Stress Infographic

The Garden – Shake Stress Right Out of Your Life The pressure can be relentless on us from work demands to family commitments. And then there is the perceived ‘need’ to stay connected every hour of the day. And then there is the pressure of looking good and perfect on social sharing sites. And then […]

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body?

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body? As biological organisms, human beings are comprised of systems of cells that work together for the common benefit of the system. The term organism is rooted in the Greek word organon, meaning the organ of sense. How do opioids affect the brain and body is tied to […]

healthier sleep habits

Top 11 Tips for Healthier Sleep Habits

Top 11 Tips for Healthier Sleep Habits Sleep issues creep up on people at different points of their lives. When I was in college, I couldn’t stay asleep in bed for more nights then I’d like to admit. The problem was so persistent that it drastically impacted my studies. Research shows that long-term sleep deprivation […]

Is Heroin An Opioid

Is Heroin an Opioid

Is Heroin an Opioid? Heroin, known by the pharmaceutical term diamorphine, is used recreationally as well as medically. Is heroin an opioid? Well, opioids are substances that bind to opioid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system. Heroin binds to those receptors, which cause euphoric effects like an intense rush followed by a transcendent […]

Opioid Addiction

Opioid Addiction Can Hurt The Ones You Love

Opioid Addiction Can Hurt The Ones You Love Opioid addiction has reached crisis proportions. It’s a public scourge that reaches into every corner of the United States. No town, no matter how small, is safe from a problem that’s made addiction a common occurrence. Just under 2 million Americans suffer from full-fledged opioid addiction, an […]

Depressive Episode

How to Stay Creative When Going Through a Manic or Depressive Episode

How to Stay Creative When Going Through a Manic or Depressive Episode Anyone who has dealt with mental illness is aware of how unpredictable the highs and lows can be, depending on the particular disease. For individuals who have suffered from bipolar disorder, the highs of mania and the lows of depression can feel like […]

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania – Compulsive Hair Pulling Disorder

Trichotillomania – Compulsive Hair Pulling Disorder At any given time, approximately eight million people in the United States have a condition called trichotillomania. And this may be a low estimate. Most of the time, the people who experience this condition try to hide it because of embarrassment and the disfiguration that can occur with the […]

Story of Trauma

Conquering those Golden Arches

Conquering those Golden Arches I can’t believe I am doing this again. Pulling up to the drive thru window, I wonder the true source of my incessant hunger. My clandestine visits to fast food chains had increased steadily during my senior year of high school. Trips to the grocery store or various other errands usually […]

Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress The Importance of a Little R and R For many of us, stress is a constant reality of our lives, a feature of our day to day existence. Leaving stress unchecked has very real implications for our mental and physical health. There are many strategies for managing stress and our response to it […]

how to support someone with mental illness

How to Support Someone With Mental Illness

Learn About How to Support Someone with Mental Illness Mental illness is defined as a mental disorder as a significant dysfunction in a person’s thinking, emotional control, and behavior. Mental illness is a disease of the brain that affects your thinking, intelligence, emotions, feelings, and relationship skills. Mental illness is real and far more widespread […]