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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction: Everything You Need to Know Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that affects between 1-5% of people.1 It causes episodes of extreme mood with symptoms that really impact people’s quality of life. People with Bipolar Disorder are more likely to have a Substance Use Disorder than others.2 Having both Bipolar Disorder and addiction can be challenging, for the person and their friends and family. Their treatment can be more complicated. That’s why it’s important that people with Bipolar Disorder and addiction get the right care. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with Bipolar…

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Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction

Addiction and BPD Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and addiction have much in common. Their side effects and causes are similar. Having both BPD and a substance use disorder can be challenging and seeking help can be even harder. Fortunately, treatment for addiction with BPD as a dual diagnosis is available. At Castle Craig, our experienced team is here to help.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions What is Borderline Personality Disorder? Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common mental health condition. It is a type of emotionally unstable personality disorder [1] that can have a significant impact on someone’s personal…

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The Narcissist and Addiction

What is narcissism? Narcissism refers to a very specific pattern of thinking and behaving. A narcissist is defined as someone who has an unhealthy obsession with themselves. Narcissists are incredibly self-absorbed and typically lack empathy. On the surface, people with narcissism can appear confident. In reality, they’re masking fragile self-esteem. Their desperate need for validation means they behave in ways that can be difficult for those around them.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder Society uses the label of ‘narcissist’ to refer to anyone who behaves in a narcissistic manner. This includes people with…

Trauma, whether it’s a one-time, multiple or repetitive event affects everyone and affects everyone differently. Whilst many trauma sufferers display symptoms associated with PTSD, many other trauma sufferers will show resilient responses that fall out of the diagnostic criteria.

Understanding trauma is understanding your addiction

Trauma & Addiction Trauma affects everyone differently, whether it’s a one-time event or repetitive occurrence.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Whilst many trauma sufferers display symptoms associated with PTSD, others will show resilient responses that fall out of the diagnostic criteria. The impact of trauma can vary. It can be subtle, insidious or outright destructive. [1] What is important to bear in mind is that traumatic stress reactions are normal – they are normal reactions to very abnormal experiences. More on trauma and addiction. Traumatic reactions Traumatic stress often evokes two rather opposite emotional extremes: Feeling too much (overwhelmed)…

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Alcoholism

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a highly complex, stigmatised, and often misunderstood mental illness. So is alcoholism. Either one can make life very difficult for a person. Having both makes for an even bigger problem. Sadly, the rate of comorbidity between BPD and addiction, especially to alcohol, is extremely high. About half of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder meet the criteria for substance abuse or alcohol abuse disorder. BPD has one of the highest rates of dual diagnosis with alcoholism among all psychological illnesses.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions When a person has both BPD and alcoholism, diagnosis…

How Writing Can Help Heal Trauma

Writing about trauma has many benefits. First, it makes you aware of what you’re experiencing. Writing about trauma helps you acknowledge it and explore how it has affected your life. As you examine the emotions related to trauma, you may notice patterns and be less controlled by them. Learn more here….

Mental Health and Pets

Pets can encourage their owners to get some fresh air by going out for a walk to get exercise which helps for those with depression. Doing simple tasks like stroking your pet, playing with your pet, or just sitting down with your pet on the bed or the couch can help you feel calm and relax your mind. Learn more….

What Anxiety Feels Like

Anxiety is when you suffer extreme apprehension and worry which can affect everyday situations and relationships. Anxiety is not a disorder to take lightly as side effects include panic attacks, headaches, frequent urination, insomnia, having trouble sleeping, depression, and much more. Click here to learn more….

Mental Health TED Talks to Watch Part 3

TED Talks can help you to take action on issues that people tend to stay silent about. There are many misconceptions about mental illnesses being a sign of weakness and something that we should be ashamed of. TED Talks will teach listeners to inspire people with your gifts and to raise awareness towards mental health….