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Posts by Erica Eugenio

Off to High School

Being in high school tends to be a big milestone for many students not just in terms of their academic life but also because this is where they will spend most of their teenage years. High school can be a setting that provides more freedom to students as compared to middle school and this can be a big change. Not only that, but high school also offers many new experiences in terms of school clubs, courses and the many new friends and peers that students tend to meet.

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Addiction Treatment

The most difficult step when it comes to overcoming substance use is admitting that it is happening. If an individual is using substances whether it is alcohol or drugs, he or she will likely be unable or unmotivated to address the issue unless that person is aware that the behaviour is problematic. After reaching that level of awareness, the next step would be to determine the level of addiction in order to be able to form a general idea of what treatment option may be needed.

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Leaving Home for the First Time

Leaving home for the first time can be both very exciting and very scary. On the one hand, you may feel like this is your chance to be able to make decisions for yourself without constantly needing to ask for permission from parents. At the same time making decisions and figuring things out on your own can also feel stressful. Leaving home for the first time is a big new experience, especially because you may have to consider doing things that you may not have done before such as cooking, doing laundry, maybe even booking a doctor’s appointment. In addition to that, you may also have to find your way around a big campus, if going to university, meet many new people, and go to lectures where you may have to do a lot more independent work than you probably did in high school.

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Addictions and the Brain

The implications of substance use on an individual’s life can be profound and it is likely that many different aspects of their well-being will be affected. There can be an infinite number of negative consequences as a result of substance use for individuals’ physical, mental and social well-being. Even if individuals may be aware of these negative effects that substance use can bring about, it can nevertheless be difficult to discontinue it. One of the main reasons for this has to do with the effects of substances on the brain.

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Workplace Stress

Work can mean many different things to many different people. For some people, work is a place of joy and a symbol of personal growth and achievement. For others, work is something that just needs to be done to earn a living. Despite the numerous perspectives on the personal meaning of work however, one common aspect for a lot of people is work stress. No matter what field people work in, whether it is engineering, retail or counselling, workplace stress is something that everyone experiences at some point in their professional lives. Keep in mind that the intensity and persistence of that stress can vary from person to person.

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