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The Nature of Suicide

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This introductory document discusses suicide; the taking of one’s own life. It is intended to educate readers about the nature of suicide. However, if you are seriously considering committing suicide right now, you don’t need education about the nature of suicide. You need immediate support from caring people who can help you get through this […]

An Introduction to Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorders

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Nature of Schizophrenia A Brain Disease Schizophrenia is a brain disease that interferes with normal brain functioning. It causes affected people to exhibit odd and often highly irrational or disorganized behavior. Because the brain is the organ in the body where thinking, feeling and understanding of the world takes place (where consciousness exists), a brain […]

MAJOR DEPRESSION & UNIPOLAR VARIETIES

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Major Depression and other Unipolar Depressions Everyone has days where they feel blah, down, or sad. Typically, these feelings disappear after a day or two, particularly if circumstances change for the better. People experiencing the temporary “blues” don’t feel a sense of crushing hopelessness or helplessness, and are able, for the most part, to continue […]

Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders

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Mood Swings vs. Mood Disorders – Discovering Bipolar Disorder People use the term mood to describe the emotional tones that color their daily lives. Moods are everywhere and ubiquitous; everyone has them. Moods may be happy or sad; energized or sluggish; embodying various combinations of emotional states. Moods consist of feelings as well as the […]

Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse

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Since the beginning of human history and before, people have found ways to alter their bodies and their consciousness by taking substances such as herbs, alcohol, and drugs. Out of this practice has sprung many important contributions to science and culture, prominent among them being the development of modern medicine and the medical profession and […]