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Chronic Pain, Depression, & Addiction: Breaking the Pain Cycle with Psychological Treatments

By: Dr. Hannah Mitchell, PhD, MPH Chronic pain, or persistent pain that frequently interferes with life and professional activities, affects approximately one in five people in the United States.1 Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical care. It is often a symptom of common chronic conditions including but not limited to arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, and injury/trauma. People with chronic pain may experience reduced quality of life, poor mental health, and addiction. The Pain Cycle For many people, pain is increased and maintained by a “pain cycle” by which physical pain leads one to disengage from meaningful life activities (e.g., work, social obligations, physical activity). Disengaging leads to negative emotions or depression symptoms (e.g., sadness,

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The Importance of Addiction Treatment for Professionals

Although the image of people struggling with addiction rarely includes white-collar professionals in executive positions, the truth is that addiction is widespread among white-collar professionals. Within high-paying professions lies high stress and high demand for production, leading these professionals down a path that includes drug and alcohol abuse as a way to cope. Addiction affects people at all socioeconomic levels and white-collar professionals and executives are no exception. Rather than dismiss these issues or look past them as uncommon, it is crucial that those affected by addiction find help and understanding both professionally and from loved ones. When addiction takes control of one’s life, it does not matter how far there is to fall, the eventual fall is inevitable and

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Adderall Addiction in the Workplace

By Britt Gottlich, Psy.D. At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, we often get new clients seeking stimulant medications for ADHD. These individuals are usually surprised with how cautious we tend to be with these medications, as our NYC psychiatrists require new or recent neuropsychological testing to confirm this diagnosis rather than just handing out medications based on reported symptoms. The reason we are more conservative with stimulant medications is because of the high rate of stimulant addiction that we see as a result of these controlled substances being prescribed too readily. What are Prescription Stimulants? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines stimulants as “medications generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy- uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention,

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