what does mania feel like

What Does Mania Feel Like?

Mania is a condition that causes someone to display a noticeably heightened level of activity, energy and mood. If you’re experiencing a manic episode, you may feel a euphoria that puts you on top of the world. Talking quickly, sleeping very little, being easily distractible and having delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of mania.…

Learned Helplessness

Learned Helplessness and Substance Use

It’s not always easy to make positive choices in life. Sometimes, these decisions feel impossible, especially if someone feels helpless in a situation. People naturally wonder if our circumstances can be changed and become discouraged when they face hardships. However, living in a state of learned helplessness is often debilitating and can contribute to the…

reactive depression

Reactive Depression Explained

While anyone can get sad, anxious and upset in response to unexpected circumstances, these symptoms are usually short-lived. However, if you have trouble adjusting to changes in your life, you might be struggling with reactive depression, also known as situational depression. Learn how this condition might affect you and how to cope. What Is Reactive…

men's health week

Men’s Health Week

Though anyone can develop physical and mental health issues like heart disease, cancer and depression, men are more likely than women to make risky choices, ignore unusual symptoms and fail to take preventive health measures like visiting their doctor for annual screenings. One potential contributor to these problems is the unrealistic cultural norm that men…

when does anxiety become a disorder

When Does Anxiety Become a Disorder?

Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, and in mild to moderate amounts, it can be beneficial by helping you focus your attention, energy and motivation. However, severe, ongoing anxiety is a genuine mental health disorder and a cause for concern because it leads to irrational fears that are disproportionate to the circumstances at hand. Learn more about…

how to cope with loneliness

How to Cope With Loneliness

Throughout the natural world, many different species of animals instinctively gather in groups, which suggests that belonging evolved for a beneficial reason. As a result, social animals – including humans – become profoundly unhappy when they lack support and connections. Loneliness has become an invisible health crisis in America as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to…

the value of making amends

How to Make Amends

While everyone’s path to addiction recovery is different, rebuilding damaged relationships is one of the first goals many people have after they achieve sobriety. Isolation, deception and secrecy are defining characteristics of active addiction, all of which undermine trust and intimacy. After driving others away with your self-destructive behavior, making amends is one way to…