The most difficult aspect of addiction recovery is the havoc the disease can reek on your psychological health. While the physical symptoms of addiction are certainly difficult and painful to overcome, the way it changes your mental processing, perspective, impulse control and emotional...
Mental health and personality disorders are numerous and varied. Examples include depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline, antisocial and panic attacks. Medical professionals treat mental health conditions using medications, therapies and lifestyle changes that help reduce symptoms,...
A direct connection exists between alcohol abuse and anger management. Many people find that when they drink they become prone to abusing people verbally or physically, because alcohol can affect people powerfully. Unfortunately, the psychological power of alcoholism blinds drinkers to...
People often turn to alcohol to alleviate unwanted symptoms of stress and anxiety because initially it produces the desired effect of euphoria and relaxation. However, people who struggle with long-term stressors typically find that prolonged alcohol use makes things worse. As stress...
A traumatic event can arouse powerful and disturbing feelings in an individual, which can make him feel a sense of hopelessness, anger and confusion.  For some, this trauma has disrupted their lives to the point that they search for a coping mechanism in drugs or alcohol.  With proper...
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in your life, so why do you feel so down? Most mothers experience some type of emotional after-effect following childbirth and feel better within a few days or weeks. If your symptoms drag on, however, you may be facing a more...
The irony of a hypomanic episode is that, when somebody experiences one, the last thing she usually wants is for it to end. These episodes are a feature of bipolar II disorder, which causes the following issues: Elevated self esteem or vanity Distractibility Anger or irritability An...
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, motivation, behavior and thought patterns. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website lists the symptoms as persistent sadness, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, fatigue, energy loss and emptiness. Depression is also a common...
It may not be obvious, even to friends and family, that someone is abusing drugs. Even some of the worst physical symptoms can be hidden from view, but drug abuse also creates serious emotional symptoms. Although emotional symptoms of drug abuse can be subtle, they can also be crucial to...
Substance abuse can cause a variety of effects on a person, depending on the drug that is taken. Painkillers and other opioids cause extreme relaxation and euphoria. Tranquilizers or sedatives often produce similar results. Stimulants create the opposite effect, making users feel surges...
Depression is a “depressed state” of the mind and body. Many people wonder when depression is actually a clinical problem that requires treatment, rather than just a phase or a feeling. Depression is a common but debilitating illness that requires support and treatment in order to be...
Intermittent explosive disorder involves episodes of repeated impulsive, aggressive, and violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which the individual reacts out of proportion to the current situation.  Signs of intermittent explosive disorder may include road rage, domestic abuse,...