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Mental Health

On this page you will find a listing of all Willingway blog articles in the mental health category.

closeup of senior hands on wooden cane - seniors and addiction - loneliness
A troubling rise in senior citizens with addiction has occurred in the past decade, and loneliness is one primary reason. If you’re concerned about your health or that of a loved one, here’s what to know and how to get help. A Changing World: Why Seniors Are More Lonely Let’s start with an obvious recent...
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woman sitting on edge of her bed with hand on her head - antidepressants
While antidepressants aren’t categorized as addictive substances, you should still be cautious about stopping or switching medication. Here are some points to remember when discussing a change with your healthcare provider. Why Most People Take Antidepressants The majority of individuals prescribed antidepressants have some form of clinical depression, often the result of a combination of...
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pretty smiling woman listening to headphones connected to tablet computer - podcasts
Once considered a novel pastime called “audio blogging,” podcasts are now a popular form of entertainment, news, and inspiration. At this writing, there are more than one million podcasts, and approximately 68 million people in the U.S. listen to a podcast every week. What’s the Appeal? Podcasts are easily accessible and transportable. Many people appreciate...
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senior Black couple doing stretching exercises on mats together - exercise
Here’s a fast fact: exercise and substance use both activate the release of dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. So if you’re considering new sober living choices, the natural “runner’s high” you get from regular movement is one of your best tools for long-lasting recovery. Exercise: Good for Body and Mind How can something so simple have...
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young woman sitting at home during the holidays looking lonely, looking down at smart phone while on couch at home
While many people eagerly anticipate the togetherness and good cheer of the holiday season, it’s important to understand that not everyone feels joyful and bright this time of year. If you or a loved one has trouble with substance abuse and think substances are the only option to make it through the next few weeks,...
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Black woman hugging pillow and crying - depression and substance use
About Depression There’s a strong connection between depression and substance use disorder (SUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD). Depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the nation. The American Academy of Family Physicians referenced a 2018 National Center for Health Statistics report that indicated one out of every 12 American adults has...
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couple doing yoga or meditating at home - anxiety during coronavirus
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, it’s normal to feel anxious when faced with challenges in life, unexpected twists and turns, or events over which you have little control. Many individuals are experiencing such anxiety during coronavirus. Controlling What You Can What’s important to remember is you do have control over how...
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two woman smiling and talking - stress
Everyone Experiences Stress Stress is perhaps one of the most common ailments we deal with on a daily basis. Money, relationships, work, school, and countless other factors contribute to our stress levels. For some people, having a drink seems to make those stresses disappear, at least for a short while. Others need a more powerful...
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beautiful young woman wrapped in plaid blanket walking outside in the winter - seasonal affective disorder
The Winter Months In the winter–when temperatures drop, daylight lessens, and holiday stress overwhelms–it is pretty common for people to feel sad. But there’s sad and then there’s SAD—or seasonal affective disorder. For those struggling with this mood disorder, wintertime can feel especially difficult. For some people, the overwhelming negative feelings associated with SAD can...
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woman whispering in her twin's ear - self-talk
Even during our sunniest moods, there can be a slight shadow. It might be for something minor: “Geeez, I was rude not letting that driver pass.” Or a situation more major: “I’m sure the boss thinks I’m an idiot for speaking up like that.” Negative Self-Talk is Common Few of us are immune to negative...
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