What is an addiction?

What is an addiction? According to the American Psychiatric Association, Addiction is a brain disease that is expressed by compulsive substance use. An individual suffering from an addiction has an urge on using a certain substance(s), such as drugs or alcohol. There are many reasons why people begin to abuse a substance(s), including: feeling pleasure,... Continue Reading →

¿Qué es una adicción?

Según la Asociación Estadounidense de Psiquiatría, la adicción es una enfermedad cerebral que se expresa mediante el uso compulsivo de sustancias. Una persona que sufre de una adicción siente la necesidad de consumir ciertas sustancias, como drogas o alcohol. Hay muchas razones por las que las personas comienzan a abusar de una (s) sustancia (s),... Continue Reading →

Fight the Stigma: A Series

Welcome to Counseling Live presented by Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Tinley Park, Illinois! On this blog my colleagues and I write about current and ongoing mental health topics and techniques that can benefit the community towards better mental health. In an effort to continue educating the community I wanted to start this series where... Continue Reading →

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

According to Psychology Today, Anxiety is feelings of worry, nervousness, or dread. It is important to remember that feeling anxious is natural. Let's think about how we feel the first day at a new job, the first day of school, or any special occasion that causes us to feel excited, but anxious at the same... Continue Reading →

Anger Iceberg

We have all experienced feeling angry. When we feel angry, we blame someone or something. Sometimes our anger looks like throwing objects, withdrawal, and emotional outbursts. There are three important questions to ask ourselves to help us better manage our anger. First ask, “What am I not getting that I believe I really need?” Then... Continue Reading →

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