a young woman struggling with chemical imbalances

Chemical Imbalances and Depression

You often hear the words “chemical imbalances” associated with addiction and mental health. Knowing what this term means is a great help in understanding many psychiatric conditions.  Chemical imbalances happen when the brain has either too many or too few neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that help the nerve cells to communicate with each…

a young woman scared her friend is showing signs of codependency

Signs of Codependency in a Loved One

Codependency is a dysfunctional relationship in which one person enables the actions of the other. They might enable addictive behaviors and substance abuse, including alcohol or drugs use. Additionally, other aspects of their personality could include immaturity, under-achievement, or irresponsibility. It is a condition in which a person relies on a loved one for meeting…

a doctor explaining to a patient what is dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Mental illness can be overwhelming, not only for those affected but also for their loved ones. If coupled with substance abuse, it is even more challenging. When mental illness and substance abuse overlap, it comprises what mental health experts call a co-occurring disorder that is addressed through dual diagnosis treatment. But what is dual diagnosis,…