Overcoming Addiction

Addiction is a very complex condition, with many layers, that can take time to unravel. It’s a brain disease that manifests itself through compulsive substance abuse that, despite that harmful consequences, cannot be willfully stopped. People with addiction are intensely focused on using the certain substance or substances in their life, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription …

Don’t Quit SSRIs Cold Turkey

At some point, almost everyone who takes SSRIs, or other similar medications, starts to feel better and wonders “I’m feeling better; do I really need to continue taking my medication?”. The answer is yes. Antidepressants help balance chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters”. These brain chemicals affect our moods, emotions and perceptions of the world. When we have an imbalance …

Busting Common Myths Surrounding PTSD

5 Common Myths that Surround PTSD It’s been called shell shock, battle fatigue, war strain, soldier’s heart and, now, post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD has been called different things over the years, mostly centered around soldiers and their experiences. Although PTSD treatment has been a reality since the 1980s, there’s quite a bit of public misunderstanding. PTSD is a mental health …

Surrounding Yourself with Positivity

The Importance of a Positive Support System It sounds easy to surround ourselves with positive people and to live a more positive lifestyle. But, sometimes things out of our control can have us feeling trapped by negative influences. It can be daunting to step back from long-term relationships that may have taken a negative turn since we first entered them …

Would Therapy Help Me?

How Therapy Actually Works and How it Can Help Seeking therapy is an individual choice, with patients choosing to come for many different reasons. Sometimes, they need help to deal with long-standing psychological issues or dealing with changes in anxiety disorders or depression. Other times, it’s to ask for help dealing with a divorce or other stressful transition. Working with …