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Finding Connection in a Time of Social Distancing

In humans, a social connection is essential to our wellbeing and health. Typically, we seek out human interactions when we are experiencing the stress of life’s challenges by looking for someone we can lean on. So, what do we do when we are faced with today’s social distancing challenges and still long for human interaction? …

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Am I Experiencing Codependency?

Codependency occurs when one person in a dysfunctional relationship relies on their partner or family member for their emotional needs or sense of self-worth. In addition, codependency happens when a person enables another to continue their addiction, self-destructive behavior, or mental disorder. Therefore, asking yourself ‘Am I experiencing codependency?’ is an excellent way to guard…

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Self-Medicating Depression

Since depression symptoms will continue to get worse over time without treatment, having depression can increase your risk of suicide. Self-medicating depression is also a risk, as 15.6% of people with depression develop an alcohol misuse disorder, while another 18% of people with depression eventually have a substance abuse disorder. Depression impacts more than 16…