6 Movies About Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 05/20/20
Borderline Personality Disorder Movies About BPD

May is a good time to discover some movies about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to increase our understanding about how this mental health issue impacts others. Though there is less stigma associated with issues of poor mental health than in years before, many Americans are still scared, and rightly so, to be open about their…

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Lexapro and Weed: Can Marijuana & Antidepressants Be Used Together?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 05/13/20
Lexapro and Marijuana

Considering the amount of antidepressant prescriptions physicians give out every day and the growing availability and legality of smoking marijuana, there’s zero doubt that a vast number of folks are using both Lexapro and weed or other antidepressants at the same time. Whether it’s safe to mix antidepressants and weed is a serious concern because…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Mind During Trying Times

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 05/06/20
Mental Health Awareness Month in May

Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States has been recognized every year in May since in 1949. It was originally started by the National Association for Mental Health, now known as Mental Health America. “Mental Health Awareness Month” is used interchangeably with “Mental Health Month,” and the goals are to raise awareness about mental…

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7 Low Stress Careers and Jobs for People With Anxiety

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 04/29/20
Low Stress Careers and Jobs for People With Anxiety

When you think about it, there’s a reason so many job boards promote “low stress jobs,” or the best jobs for people with anxiety, because they are well-suited for so many people. Around the world, though especially in western societies, high-stakes, fast paced careers in fields like finance, advertising, fashion and entertainment, are glamorized as…

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Stress Awareness Month in April: De-Stressing & How to Deal With Stress

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 04/22/20
Stress Awareness Month in April

It’s Stress Awareness Month in April. There’s no denying how stressful life can be from financial insecurity, overall wellbeing, concerns about family, friends and the many other aspects of life that we simply have no control over. Chronic stress can be a driver of poor physical and mental health and create an unhealthy cycle that’s…

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What is Wet Brain Syndrome?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 04/15/20
What is Wet Brain Syndrome? Wernicke Korsakoff Syndrome

“Wet Brain Syndrome,” also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS), is a serious brain disorder caused by a thiamine deficiency due to excessive alcohol consumption. Those most at risk for developing the debilitating and tragic wet brain disease are long-term, chronic alcoholics. The disorder is named after Sergei Korsakoff and Carl Wernicke, physicians who independently diagnosed…

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 04/09/20
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

National Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of alcoholism and other health complications related to drinking too much alcohol. This National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that more than 14…

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The Ways Sober Living in Woodland Hills Helps you Start Living

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 03/20/20
sober living in Woodland Hills

After detox, we don’t just send you back into the world. That can be too difficult a transition for many. You just got clean and sober after all of those toxins were (literally) taken out of your life. Then it becomes time to replace them with something. That’s what we can do here at Iris…

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Hypnosis Therapy Treatment to Change Habits

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 03/06/20
Hypnosis Therapy Treatment to Change Habits

The word “hypnosis” may conjure a gimmicky image, but hypnotherapy or hypnosis therapy in reality is not at all as it is portrayed in entertainment. In hypno-therapy, you are led into (or lead yourself into) a hypnotic induction phase to get into a trance–a meditative focused state–to absorb words of encouragement or positive images in a…

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