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7 of the Most Common Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are rising in the United States. Specifically, anxiety and depression rates are steadily rising across the country. These conditions are especially prevalent in young people, a major change over the last two decades. Dangers that arise with mental health issues are the unsafe coping mechanisms, such as using drugs or alcohol to…

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Benefits of a TMS Therapy Program

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, referred to simply as TMS, was invented in 1985 and approved for use by the FDA in 2008. Multiple clinical studies have shown TMS to be highly effective for the treatment of depression. In addiction treatment, TMS therapy programs treat depression that either contributed to the substance use disorder or arose as…

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Addiction and Mental Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Professionals have known for years that there is a strong connection between addiction and mental health, as it is common for them to occur together (often referred to as comorbidity). For those struggling with addiction, mental health issues, or both, it can be helpful to know why this connection exists. Mental health treatment programs are…

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8 Movies About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects around 2.8 percent of the adult population in the United States. This mental health issue can be treated through therapy and medication, and if you or a loved one is struggling, it’s important to reach out for help. At Westwind Recovery®, we offer dual diagnosis treatment to help…

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Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949. It was created to educate the public about the wide-reaching impacts of mental illness and reduce its stigma. Organizations work to advocate for policies that support people suffering from mental health issues and their families. At Westwind Recovery®, we know…

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Do You Need Residential Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles?

Mental health disorders are common and can range from mild to severe. There is a strong link between mental health disorders and substance use disorders, but it cannot be definitively stated that one causes the other. In fact, the two often have a cyclical relationship that is difficult to break without the proper treatment of…

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March Is Self-Harm Awareness Month

Throughout the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, March is recognized as Self-Harm Awareness Month, which calls attention to the nearly two million self-injury cases that occur each year. Much like addiction, self-harm occurs across all ages, races, religions, and socioeconomic and education levels. There is a strong connection between self-harm and substance addiction. At…

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Benefits of an LGBTQ-Focused Treatment Program

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Substance abuse issues affect individuals from all backgrounds, ages, income levels, and sexual orientations. Drug and alcohol addiction has been found to affect members of the LGBTQ community at higher rates than the general population and is often accompanied by mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. An LGBTQ-focused addiction treatment…

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Why You Need an LGBTQ-Specific Treatment Program

Those in the LGBTQ community can face unique challenges when it comes to overcoming addiction issues. Whether these include conflicts with family, isolation from peers, or past traumatic experiences, members of this community would benefit from targeted therapy during treatment. In addition, if an individual is struggling with both addiction and mental health issues, their…