Why you get drunk and they don’t

Why you get drunk and they don’t

By David Joel Miller

Some people get higher blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) than others Why you got drunk

Why did you get the DUI?
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If a group of people all drink the same number of drinks, even if they are all drinking exactly the same amount of alcohol in those drinks, one person will end up with a higher blood alcohol content than others.

This unequal blood alcohol level is…

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Binging on food – Binge Eating

Binging on food – Binge Eating

By David Joel Miller

Out of control eating is officially a mental illness Binge Eating

Binge Eating?
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With the advent of the DSM-5, Binge Eating Disorder (307.51 F50.8), is officially a recognized mental illness. Reading through the description of this newly recognized disorder it occurs to me that this is not what most non-professionals have been thinking of when they talk…

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What is binge drinking?

What is binge drinking?

By David Joel Miller

Why binge drinking matters Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking
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Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that has been linked to a host of physical, mental and behavioral problems.

In the binge drinking pattern, the drinker consumes a large quantity of alcohol on one drinking occasion. Anyone might experience an occasional episode of heavy drinking but…

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Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Illnesses

Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Illnesses

By David Joel Miller

How are alcohol and other drugs connected to mental and emotional problems? Alcohol

Alcohol

There are clearly a large number of connections between drug and alcohol use and abuse and mental, emotional and behavioral illness. The recognition of these connections has resulted in a growing emphasis on the relationships between drugs and alcohol those conditions that we call Mental…

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Are you at risk for Postpartum or Peripartum Depression?

Are you at risk for Postpartum or Peripartum Depression?

David Joel Miller

7 risk factors for Postpartum Depression

What factors might put you at risk of Peripartum Depression? Sad Doll

Sad Doll
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When it comes to mental health, why one person gets a disorder and another person does not, is just not all that clear. A life event, something we call a stressor, could push one person into depression and a similar event could…

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17 Ways to de-stress

17 Ways to de-stress

How do you manage stress?

By David Joel Miller

Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Stress

Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Stress
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Stress can overwhelmed you at any time or anywhere – Here are some suggested ways to turn down the stress volume.

1. Breath

Under stress most of us forget to breath. The result is fewer shorter breathes and the overwhelming sense of panic that can follow lack of air in your lungs.

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Reduce Stress by saying NO!

Reduce Stress by saying NO!

By David Joel Miller

Ways to say no and cut down on your stress Just Say No

Just Say No
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There will always be more to do that there will be time to do it. The ability to say no and keep the stress in your life to a minimum is an important component of good mental health. Other people of course want you to do the things they want and so they take your yes for a given. Not…

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What is Postpartum or Peripartum Depression?

What is Postpartum or Peripartum Depression?

By David Joel Miller

Is this postpartum depression or just the baby blues? Sadness and the Baby

Sadness and the Baby
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The idea that a woman can get sad, blue, even depressed as a result of giving birth has been around for a long time. Professionals have struggled with what this is and how to be helpful and we continue to struggle with those issues.

We knew that depression around…

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Recovery is where you’re going – not where you’ve been

Recovery is where you’re going – not where you’ve been

By David Joel Miller

If things are bad keep moving Recovery is about the future and the process of getting where you want to be. When things are at their worse don’t look down, don’t look back, keep looking forward. Road to a Happy Life

Road to a Happy Life
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If right now things in your life look bad and you are tempted to give up, keep reminding yourself that your future is more…

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Adult problems have been with you from childhood

Adult problems have been with you from childhood

By David Joel Miller

You grew up – your problems didn’t Grown up problems

You grew up – Your problems didn’t
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Most adult problems are lessons you learned between 8 and 18 that you learned incorrectly or are no longer true.

If you got it wrong back then and are still holding on to those unhelpful beliefs about yourself and others, you are headed for a painful adulthood.

I…

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