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Nature Vs. Nurture: Mental Health Issues And Addiction

mental health and addiction

When it comes to mental health issues, science has never been able to come to a definitive conclusion regarding whether or not genes or outside factors have the most say in the outcome. Many studies have attempted to prove that mental illness is genetic, but just as one study shows that nature is responsible, another will crop up and disprove it. For instance, identical twins don’t necessarily share the genes that point to a mental health issue; one twin might present the genes while the other doesn’t.

 

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Am I Addicted to Sex?!

Am I addicted to sex?

What is Sex Addiction?
It is estimated that the prevalence of sexual addiction-related disorders occurs between 3% to 16.8% of the population. In the general adult population, it is estimated that 3%-6% suffer from sexual addiction with higher rates among specific niches of the population such as sexual offenders, HIV patients etc. Sexual addiction is also more likely to occur in men than women.

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Think of the last time you saw a “textbook case” of borderline personality disorder in a film or TV show. You’re maybe thinking of Girl, Interrupted (1999) or maybe even that one episode of Criminal Minds because how can they not have an episode depicting borderline personality disorder, right?
Well, you’d be correct. Girl, Interrupted had the main character diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the film at the age of 18, and Criminal Minds had an episode where a spree killer is depicted as having borderline personality disorder.

 

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The Psychology of Sex: An Exploration on Why We Have Sex

The Psychology of Sex

In today’s society, sex has become prevalent in our daily lives. At the grocery store, you can find men and women’s magazines with slim, shapely, chic models depicted on the cover with headlines for articles about how to last longer in bed, how to improve your sex life, and a multitude of ways how to please that special man or woman in bed. On billboards and tv, there are ads for breast augmentation, plastic surgery, penis enlargement pills, and sex enhancement pills. Through our phones, we can connect with thousands of people instantly, dating or hooking up through social apps such as Tindr with the quick swipe of a finger. Through electronic media, we are exposed to sex scenes from watching a movie or tv show or online through a porn site. Sex is everywhere and we can’t get enough of it; it is the inescapable seductive force which pervades our life.

 

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Overcoming an Affair In a Relationship

overcoming an affair in a relationship

Overcoming the emotions experienced in an affair is an arduous process. We dedicate a huge portion of our time developing these intimate feelings with our significant other. He/She becomes a precious part of who we are. Not surprisingly, you’d feel a gaping hole if they are no longer a part of your life. While those who experience these feelings would love for the feeling of being cheated on to be over instantaneously, however, it is likely that the completion of the grieving process would be longer. 

 

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Addiction - A Disease or a Choice?

Is addiction a disease or a choice?

What is Addiction?
Every year in America, over 90,000 Americans die from illicit and prescription drugs as well as alcohol, and it costs America more than $700 billion a year.

Addiction has been the focus of a lot of research but also a lot of controversies because of its high consequences.

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Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

do i have an eating disorder

The ubiquitous nature of social media exposes many young teens and adults alike to look to unrealistic standards when it comes to the perception of an “ideal” body type. These standards are imposed everywhere around us- and can have detrimental effects to how we perceive health.

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Could I possibly be addicted to marijuana?

am I addicted to marijuana

Marijuana--an herb plant that goes by many names: weed, mary jane, pot, ganja, dope, cannabis, the list goes on--has been a controversial topic of debate for decades. Supporters and opponents for and against the state-level legalization of marijuana have made numerous conflicting claims. Advocates believe legalization reduces crime, raises tax revenue, lowers criminal justice expenditures, improves public health, bolsters traffic safety, and stimulates the economy. Critics argue that legalization spurs marijuana and other drug or alcohol use, increases crime, diminishes traffic safety, harms public health, and lowers teen educational achievement.

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Beating the Winter Blues: Sunlight is the Key to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Dealing with a case of the winter blues? It’s difficult for some people to retain their energy levels and positive mood as the days grow shorter and the temperatures colder in the winter months. Mild cases are commonly referred to as the winter blues, while more severe cases may meet the criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression. Whether you have a mild case of the winter blues or have been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, there are several ways to address the root cause of SAD and alleviate your symptoms.

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What Dating Is Like For Millennials

Millennial Dating Trends

There are many statistics to point towards the notion that for millennials, dating and relationships (and eventually marriage) is something hard to grasp. According to a recent report, young people are marrying later and having sex less. In 1960, 72% of all adults aged eighteen and older were married; today just 51% are. The same effect is happening across most other advanced post-industrial societies. Is it because of the hardships of meeting people? Maintaining the relationship? It’s unknown why today’s young adults are abandoning marriage or merely delaying it. Join us as we explore millennial dating trends! 

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Religion vs Spirituality: What are the differences?!

Religion VS spirituality: what are the differences?

There has been a history of debate regarding the relationship between spirituality and religion. Do elements of spirituality reside in religion? What about the other way around? The number of questions can seem endless. For some, there is a sharp boundary between these two concepts. For others, this boundary is shared. There are also others that simply do not subscribe to any of these ideas.
However, in this article, I’d like to talk about some of the differences between what it means to be spiritual and religious. It is not to say that there aren’t any similarities between the two. As you may already know, the topic of religion and spirituality can be a sensitive idea for many to discuss. The contents of this article is served to promote discussion between those in the TherapyCable community.

 

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How To Start Dating In College

How to start Dating in College

There isn’t any cookie-cutter way to start dating in college, let alone anywhere. Much it depends on the timing, coincidence, and where you happen to be in life. Technically, a guideline for how to start dating should apply to any circumstance, but let’s talk college.

In college, you’re thrown out into the world and leaving your home of familiarity to be thrust into another bubble of youth, energy and ideas. You’ll be exposed to a lot of new people and personalities. It’s natural to look for partners in college; in fact many couples who end up married do meet in college. A Facebook Data Sciences study found that about 28% of married graduates attended the same colleges as their spouse. Also, 63% of women hope to meet their spouse in college. College is a great place to search for potential partners. With so much going on around you, where is a good place to look?

 

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5 Tips For How To Overcome Anxiety

5 Tips for how to overcome anxiety

Anxiety is an endless, tiring, and toxic mental cycle. It feels like you have absolutely no control over it. When it’s happening, it’s happening at the front of your mind. When you should be focusing on the task at hand, you’re obsessing about what happened last night, or something that might happen in a couple of days from now. Anxiety loosens your grip on the present moment.

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7 Fitness Myths and Tips!

Fitness myths and tips

People either believe that attaining fitness is a difficult or easy task, depending on the myths that they have been buying into. Many people seek advice from their friends or the Internet, but they don’t do their own research to determine the validity of these “fitness facts.” This is why it’s essential to be certain of what is true and what isn’t. If people believe everything they hear about losing weight or gaining muscle, their beliefs might actually do more harm than good. Here are 7 myths about fitness:

 

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How Can Eating Certain Foods Affect your Mood?

How Can Eating Certain Foods Affect your Mood?

There are many ways in which we can all approach our relationship with food! As consumers, we need to realize that our relationship with food is complex. There are many things that are outside of our control that can shift our mood besides just eating. However, certain foods definitely have an effect in facilitating our mood. Also, you must understand this principle: As much as eating certain foods can affect our mood, our mood can also affect the certain foods we eat. In the list below, I will talk about how some of the most common foods that we see on a day to day basis can alter our moods! Not only that, I will also talk about how we can adjust certain aspects of our eating lifestyle (physically and mentally) that can positively impact the way in which we live our entire lives.

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What is Sex Therapy and What Are the Benefits?

What is sex therapy and what are the benefits of sex therapy?

What is sex therapy? How do you know if you need it? How do you even know if your sex life is considered normal? There’s a lot of questions that might go through your head when you hear the words: sex therapy. Some people may be afraid to seek help or extra counseling even when they may need it. Others may feel like they need it, but are not sure. Even more, others may avoid it out of embarrassment, but there is nothing to be ashamed of. There is no way to tell anything for sure. Also, people avoid seeking out sex therapy because they fear the unknown. But there is nothing to fear about the unknown, and it’s easy to gain knowledge on this topic. Without further ado, here is some information about sex therapy, and how it can help your sex life.

 

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How do you know she's / he's the one?

How do you know if she's the one?

For those of you that are in a current romantic relationship, are you able to see if he or she is “the right one”? Knowing if he or she is the “right one” requires a fundamental base of understanding and appreciation of what your significant other has to offer. Successful interpersonal relationships reflect a happy balance between the environment that surrounds them, and of course, their personal characteristics (this will be explained more as you read along)! All of these factors are intimately woven to create a certain synergy that constitutes a successful relationship.

 

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5 Tips For How To Deal With Peer Pressure at Parties

5 tips for how to deal with peer pressure at parties

Peer pressure is all around you, and it’s one of the most ubiquitous forces surrounding a person’s development in society. Even from a young age, there’s a lot of internal and external pressure, both positive and negative. When other people are taunting and teasing you for something you don’t want to do, it’s hard to not feel humiliated and frustrated, but there are many ways to redirect their attention and alleviate the situation. As individuals, we all deserve to feel respected and comfortable in our own skin.

 

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Tips for Overcoming Stress During Test Season

tips for overcoming stress during test season

What is stress?

We hear the word stress every day. People use it to describe the effects of long, hard days or difficult life experiences. However, the actual definition of stress is not well-known. According to the Stress Management Society, stress is your body’s response to situations. If you are stressed out, your body will switch into the flight or fight response, which is what evolution has created for humans to survive when under attack. During the flight or fight response, various hormones are released, blood flow changes in the body, and you experience a flood of energy. This is beneficial if you are under attack. However, this response often occurs in unnecessary situations. For example, the flight or fight response is not going to be very beneficial when you need to study for a difficult exam. In this situation, the fight or flight response would be even more detrimental because brain functioning is temporarily reduced. The reasoning behind this is that if you are under attack, you are going to need your muscles rather than your brain; therefore, blood rushes to your muscles instead of the brain. If this occurs, studying for a test or performing well on exam day would be much more challenging.

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5 Tips for Dating Better and Improving Relationships

5 tips for better dating and improving your relationship

If you are reading this, it may mean one of three things: one, you are dating someone; two, you are in a romantic relationship (congratulations); or three, you are someone who is curious about improving the quality of your relationships, whether they be romantic or platonic. The good news is that this article can address all three scenarios. While these five tips may be addressed more towards couples, they can be used to improve the quality of interpersonal relationships across the board.

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