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Three Things To Know About Benzodiazepine Abuse and Addiction

Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos” are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. The benzodiazepine family of anti-anxiety medication helps millions of men and women suffering. This can include everything from anxiety, to seizures, to insomnia. The family includes familiar brand names like Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. But as the number of benzodiazepine…

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Ask the Psychiatrist: Depression

Those suffering from depression often equate the illness to living underwater: interactions feel muffled, perspective is blurred, and completing even simple tasks can be slow and difficult. For the estimated 14 million American adults suffering from depressive disorders, the powerful current of isolation, numbness, lethargy, irritability, and helplessness can interfere with every aspect of life.…

man wondering do i have a drinking problem

Ask the Psychiatrist: Do I Have A Drinking Problem? Alcohol Use Fact vs. Fiction

In the movies, the character with a drinking problem is easy to spot: sullen, unemployed, and estranged, typically found drinking alone or picking fights. Outside of Hollywood fiction, however, those with a drinking problem often look like our neighbors, co-workers, loved ones, and friends. They may be highly respected in their careers, beloved by their families,…

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Ask the Psychiatrist: Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is the body’s normal reaction to stress, and it has a very important purpose. It is designed to signal dangerous, uncomfortable, or unfamiliar situations so that we remain aware and alert. However, for the 40 million adults affected by anxiety disorders (which includes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder),…