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Benefits of Quitting Sugar: Is Sugar as Addictive as Drugs or Alcohol?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 07/15/20
Quitting Sugar Benefits

As much as we crave it, the benefits of quitting sugar can improve a whole range of quality of life health issues for those of us who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff. There’s a long-standing debate among many people whether sugar is addictive like drugs or alcohol, although there are plenty of behavioral…

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What is the Difference Between Stress and Depression?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 07/08/20
Stress vs Depression

There’s so much overlap between the symptoms that it can be easy to confuse the difference between stress and depression. Some people might think they’re stressed out when, in fact, they’re dealing with undiagnosed depression. Another person might believe they’re depressed when in actuality a small behavioral change might alleviate their problem. This is why…

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Dissociative Identity Disorder Symptoms, Treatment, and Causes

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 07/01/20
Dissociative Identity Disorder Symptoms, Treatment, and Causes

A complex psychiatric condition, once referred to as multiple personality disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is often misunderstood and even considered, incorrectly, a myth in some circles. Research over the last 40 years has proven this condition is very real and can be the source of significant anguish and impairment in day-to-day life. This is…

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What’s the Difference Between a PHP Program & IOP Treatment?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 06/24/20
PHP Program vs IOP Treatment

What helps one person achieve recovery may not work for another’s individual challenges. Two distinct and effective ways of treating those seeking help with substance abuse, depression and other mental health issues, outside of residential inpatient treatment, are outpatient recovery programs referred to as a PHP Program and an IOP Treatment Program. As with other

Serotonin Foods That Boost Mood to Be Happier and Healthier

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 06/17/20
Serotonin Foods That Boost Mood to Be Happier and Healthier

There’s always a lot of chatter about maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, but very often what’s missing from the discussion are the actual facts of why eating healthy is so important. One of those “finer points” is how our diet can chemically influence our mood, which is why regular consumption of serotonin foods is a…

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June is PTSD Awareness Month (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 06/10/20
PTSD Awareness Month in June

An estimated 8 million people in the United States struggle with mental health issues related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Because it impacts so many people, June is recognized as PTSD Awareness Month. From combat veterans to survivors of physical or sexual abuse, and even those who have witnessed severe trauma, this condition can cause…

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6 Famous People With PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 06/03/20
Famous People With PTSD

June is PTSD Awareness Month, so it’s an appropriate time to learn more about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This mental health issue can impact anyone, and there are quite a few celebrities and famous people with PTSD who have come forward to talk about it. Surviving or witnessing a deeply traumatic event is a lot more…

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7 Ways of Treating Depression Without Drugs or Medication

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 05/27/20
Treating Depression Without Drugs or Medication

Prescription medications are one of the most popular methods for treating mental health conditions, but there are also other ways of treating depression without drugs or medication that can be just as effective for many people. Struggling with bouts of depression and other mental health issues is part of the human experience. It is inevitable…

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The Dr. Bryant Foundation Honored Dr. Elena Kapustina, CEO and Founder of Iris Healing, With Their Annual “Phenomenal Woman Award”

Iris Healing Retreat 05/22/20
The Dr. Bryant Foundation - Phenomenal Woman Award

This award is intended to recognize female entrepreneurs that have grown successful businesses that directly serve the community in positive ways. Dr. Elena was chosen to receive this award because of the social impacts her Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Facilities have had on individuals in need of support.  Dr. Elena has founded three separate…

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