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When you get the flu, you go the doctor or take medicine so you can get better and get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. But what about when you’re dealing with a mental health problem? Seeking the help of mental health services shouldn’t be ignored or delayed—getting the help you need can make a huge difference in your life....
More often than not, a mental illness doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere. In most cases, there are small, subtle signs that occur in a person’s behavior or thinking that indicate that the support of mental health services may be necessary before a serious problem develops. By learning to recognize these signs in yourself or others, you can...
Our society has little difficulty understanding the need for physical health treatments. If someone   breaks an arm, we know that they need to get to the emergency room right away. If someone is diagnosed with a brain tumor, we excuse recent erratic shifts in mood or behavior. Unfortunately, we don’t always apply this same level of understanding...
If a physical health problem was causing problems in your daily life, you wouldn’t wait to get help—so why wait to get the help you need from mental health services? Approximately 25 percent of adults in the United States experience mental health issues, either as the result of a chronic condition or a traumatic experience. These problems can have...
The idea of exercising with a workout buddy has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially as science has found that having someone hold you accountable to your exercise routine can dramatically improve your results. But exercise isn’t the only place where an accountability partner can benefit you. For individuals recovering from...
Self esteem might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of mental health services. But in reality, the way we view ourselves can have a significant impact on our mental well-being. Low self-esteem can stem from many causes, including a diagnosed mental health problem or past traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or...
The relationship between addiction and mental health is complicated, to say the least. In some cases, an individual’s depression or anxiety could cause them to turn to drug abuse as a coping mechanism. In other cases, someone’s dependence on drugs or alcohol could contribute to the development of a mental health problem. Past trauma or a genetic...
It is a common question that pops up in domestic violence cases: why do victims stay with their abuser, rather than seek help? While counseling and support services can help victims escape their situation, there are many factors that could cause an individual to remain in an abusive relationship. First are emotional factors. A victim may feel they...
It can be easy to feel discouraged when you read articles describing the horrific impact of family violence, drug abuse, and sexual assault in your local community. As disheartening as these events might be, however, you can make a difference when you volunteer at OneEighty.  Whether you work with housing and supportive services or victim advocacy...
Sexual assault is woefully underreported, quite often due to fear of undeserved social consequences, but occasionally due to a lack of understanding as to what constitutes sexual abuse. Quite often, individuals limit their definition of sexual assault to rape—and while rape certainly is sexual assault, it isn’t the only way in which someone might...
When trying to overcome the debilitating effects of substance abuse, many people turn to the help of 12-step programs to achieve sobriety. While attending such meetings may seem like an intimidating prospect, they can make a large difference on your path to recovery. So how do 12-step programs help you on the path to recovery? To begin with,...
In many cases, addiction doesn’t pop up overnight. An individual may begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol, only to find their use gradually increasing. Even when there don’t seem to be any immediate serious consequences with one’s drug use, continued substance abuse can quickly spiral into full-blown addiction. So what can you do if you’ve...
After a sexual assault, you might find yourself at a loss as to what you should do or where you can turn for help. The aftermath of this traumatic event should never be faced alone. While reaching out for help may seem frightening, it is essential to ensure that you get the support you need. Remember, you are not to blame for what happened—and as...
When people first begin abusing drugs or alcohol, they typically don’t understand how addiction can completely take over their life. Contrary to popular belief, addiction isn’t simply a choice—it’s a disease. Continued drug abuse alters the brain in ways that have a long-lasting impact, even when sobriety is achieved. The problem occurs in part...
Despite its widespread cultural acceptance, alcohol can have many negative consequences on your body’s health—especially when frequent alcohol abuse or alcoholism is involved. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body. Heavy drinking is perhaps most strongly associated with various liver problems, such as cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and fatty...