Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Blog

The team at Fifth Avenue Psychiatry aims to help both adults and adolescents with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Everyone faces stress on some level every day, and everyone develops individual techniques and coping mechanisms for handling different kinds of stress. Some stress is moderate yet persistent over time, while other forms of stress are more acute and traumatic. All types of stress share one common denominator, however: they can all easily lead a person into substance abuse if the person does not develop healthy stress relief techniques and coping strategies.
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Understanding Dual Diagnosis And Co-Occurring Disorders In Addiction Treatment

Understanding Dual Diagnosis And Co-Occurring Disorders In Addiction Treatment

Addiction is primarily a mental health condition, and the chemical dependency a drug creates often pales in comparison to the strength of the psychological hold an addictive substance can have on a person. When a person suffers from a mental health disorder, there is always a risk of the person developing a substance abuse disorder in response. Self-medication is a dangerous path, and many people who struggle with substance abuse also suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders.
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How Media Impressions Negatively Influence Relationships

How Media Impressions Negatively Influence Relationships

The media makes many events – holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays – reasons to celebrate relationships. They depict the occasion as an opportunity to show appreciation for your significant other and enjoy the wonder that is romantic love. That, at least, is the idea. The reality is quite different for many Americans.
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Bipolar Disorder Leaves Teens In Danger Of Addiction

Bipolar Disorder Leaves Teens In Danger Of Addiction

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which the sufferer experiences extreme shifts in mood and energy. A person with the disorder will go through periods of elevated and energetic moods, followed by episodes of depression and anxiety. Everyone can experience mood swings, but those with bipolar disorder have more regular and severe swings.

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High-Functioning Addiction Is A Serious Problem

High-Functioning Addiction Is A Serious Problem

A high-functioning addict is a person who has managed to keep their life together despite their addiction. This situation will likely not last forever, but for a time they can hold onto their job and keep their finances relatively in order. Their physical health has only begun to deteriorate. This is an ideal time for them to start treatment, although regrettably, it can also be the time when they are hardest to convince.
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What Is Suboxone and Is It Safe for Prescription Drug and Cocaine Detox

What Is Suboxone and Is It Safe for Prescription Drug and Cocaine Detox?

Medically assisted treatments using Suboxone have a real chance to impact a national health crisis that negatively impacts the nation’s economy by over $78 billion each year,

Despite efforts to quell the national epidemic, the nation’s prescription opioid drug abuse crisis continues to plague the country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 130 people in the country succumb to deaths related to an opioid overdose on a daily basis. Read more

Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents and How Recovery Is Possible

The rates of depression and anxiety in adolescents are rising. In fact, 50 percent more teenagers have been diagnosed with clinical depression than in the last two decades. While there’s no one reason for this spike, the current culture and use of technology adds a level of stress to adolescents that previous generations didn’t have to contend with. Once the sources of a teenager’s mental illness are understood, their chances of recovery are much higher.

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Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Everyone faces stress on some level every day, and everyone develops individual techniques and coping mechanisms for handling …

Understanding Dual Diagnosis And Co-Occurring Disorders In Addiction Treatment

Understanding Dual Diagnosis And Co-Occurring Disorders In Addiction Treatment

Addiction is primarily a mental health condition, and the chemical dependency a drug creates often pales in comparison to …

How Media Impressions Negatively Influence Relationships

How Media Impressions Negatively Influence Relationships

The media makes many events – holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays – reasons to celebrate relationships. They depict …