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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Last Updated: 08/30/2022

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

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Misusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can have both immediate and long-term health effects.

The misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription medications affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans. NSDUH estimates allow researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the general public to better understand and improve the nation’s behavioral health. These reports and detailed tables present estimates from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).



  • Among the 133.1 million current alcohol users aged 12 or older in 2021, 60.0 million people (or 45.1%) were past month binge drinkers. The percentage of people who were past month binge drinkers was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (29.2% or 9.8 million people), followed by adults aged 26 or older (22.4% or 49.3 million people), then by adolescents aged 12 to 17 (3.8% or 995,000 people). (2021 NSDUH)
  • Among people aged 12 to 20 in 2021, 15.1% (or 5.9 million people) were past month alcohol users. Estimates of binge alcohol use and heavy alcohol use in the past month among underage people were 8.3% (or 3.2 million people) and 1.6% (or 613,000 people), respectively. (2021 NSDUH)
  • In 2020, 50.0% of people aged 12 or older (or 138.5 million people) used alcohol in the past month (i.e., current alcohol users) (2020 NSDUH)
  • Among the 138.5 million people who were current alcohol users, 61.6 million people (or 44.4%) were classified as binge drinkers and 17.7 million people (28.8% of current binge drinkers and 12.8% of current alcohol users) were classified as heavy drinkers (2020 NSDUH)
  • The percentage of people who were past month binge alcohol users was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (31. 4%) compared with 22.9% of adults aged 26 or older and 4.1% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (2020 NSDUH)
  • Excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s risk of stroke, liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, cancer, and other serious health conditions
  • Excessive alcohol use can also lead to risk-taking behavior, including driving while impaired. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver daily


  • STOP Underage Drinking interagency portal - Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Talk. They Hear You.
  • Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts
  • Talking with your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

Relevant links:

  • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
  • Department of Transportation Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance
  • Alcohol Policy Information Systems Database (APIS)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism



  • In 2020, 20. 7% of people aged 12 or older (or 57.3 million people) used nicotine products (i.e., used tobacco products or vaped nicotine) in the past month (2020 NSDUH)
  • Among past month users of nicotine products, nearly two thirds of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (63.1%) vaped nicotine but did not use tobacco products. In contrast, 88.9% of past month nicotine product users aged 26 or older used only tobacco products (2020 NSDUH)
  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death, often leading to lung cancer, respiratory disorders, heart disease, stroke, and other serious illnesses. The CDC reports that cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States
  • The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health reports that more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking cigarettes

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use data:

  • In 2021, 13.2 million people aged 12 or older (or 4.7%) used an e-cigarette or other vaping device to vape nicotine in the past month. The percentage of people who vaped nicotine was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (14.1% or 4.7 million people), followed by adolescents aged 12 to 17 (5.2% or 1.4 million people), then by adults aged 26 or older (3.2% or 7.1 million people).
  • Among people aged 12 to 20 in 2021, 11.0% (or 4.3 million people) used tobacco products or used an e-cigarette or other vaping device to vape nicotine in the past month. Among people in this age group, 8.1% (or 3.1 million people) vaped nicotine, 5.4% (or 2.1 million people) used tobacco products, and 3.4% (or 1.3 million people) smoked cigarettes in the past month. (2021 NSDUH)
  • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Among both middle and high school students, current use of e-cigarettes declined from 2019 to 2020, reversing previous trends and returning current e-cigarette use to levels similar to those observed in 2018
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, or pregnant women, especially because they contain nicotine and other chemicals


  • Tips for Teens: Tobacco
  • Tips for Teens: E-cigarettes
  • Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings
  • Synar Amendment Program


  • Truth Initiative
  • FDA Center for Tobacco Products
  • CDC Office on Smoking and Health
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: E-Cigarettes



  • Among people aged 12 or older in 2021, 3. 3% (or 9.2 million people) misused opioids (heroin or prescription pain relievers) in the past year. Among the 9.2 million people who misused opioids in the past year, 8.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers compared with 1.1 million people who used heroin. These numbers include 574,000 people who both misused prescription pain relievers and used heroin in the past year. (2021 NSDUH)
  • Among people aged 12 or older in 2020, 3.4% (or 9.5 million people) misused opioids in the past year. Among the 9.5 million people who misused opioids in the past year, 9.3 million people misused prescription pain relievers and 902,000 people used heroin (2020 NSDUH)
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Understanding the Epidemic, an average of 128 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose


  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
  • TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings
  • Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy
  • Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
  • The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction
  • Pregnancy Planning for Women Being Treated for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tips for Teens: Opioids
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grants
  • Provider’s Clinical Support System - Medication Assisted Treatment Grant Program


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioids
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Heroin
  • HHS Prevent Opioid Abuse
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network
  • Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network



  • In 2021, marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug, with 18. 7% of people aged 12 or older (or 52.5 million people) using it in the past year. The percentage was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (35.4% or 11.8 million people), followed by adults aged 26 or older (17.2% or 37.9 million people), then by adolescents aged 12 to 17 (10.5% or 2.7 million people).
  • The percentage of people who used marijuana in the past year was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (34.5%) compared with 16.3% of adults aged 26 or older and 10.1% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (2020 NSDUH)
  • Marijuana can impair judgment and distort perception in the short term and can lead to memory impairment in the long term
  • Marijuana can have significant health effects on youth and pregnant women.


  • Know the Risks of Marijuana
  • Marijuana and Pregnancy
  • Tips for Teens: Marijuana

Relevant links:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Marijuana
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Centers on Marijuana
  • CDC Marijuana and Public Health

Emerging Trends in Substance Misuse:

  • Methamphetamine—In 2019, NSDUH data show that approximately 2 million people used methamphetamine in the past year. Approximately 1 million people had a methamphetamine use disorder, which was higher than the percentage in 2016, but similar to the percentages in 2015 and 2018. The National Institute on Drug Abuse Data shows that overdose death rates involving methamphetamine have quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Frequent meth use is associated with mood disturbances, hallucinations, and paranoia.
  • Cocaine—In 2019, NSDUH data show an estimated 5.5 million people aged 12 or older were past users of cocaine, including about 778,000 users of crack. The CDC reports that overdose deaths involving have increased by one-third from 2016 to 2017. In the short term, cocaine use can result in increased blood pressure, restlessness, and irritability. In the long term, severe medical complications of cocaine use include heart attacks, seizures, and abdominal pain.
  • Kratom—In 2019, NSDUH data show that about 825,000 people had used Kratom in the past month. Kratom is a tropical plant that grows naturally in Southeast Asia with leaves that can have psychotropic effects by affecting opioid brain receptors. It is currently unregulated and has risk of abuse and dependence. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that health effects of Kratom can include nausea, itching, seizures, and hallucinations.


  • Tips for Teens: Methamphetamine
  • Tips for Teens: Cocaine
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Last Updated: 01/05/2023

How to deal with anxiety?

Simple Tips for Controlling Anxiety*

text from the American Anxiety and Depression Association website, translated by the author of the website.

If you are anxious, the following steps can help you cope:

Make time for leisure. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, learn relaxation techniques or make time for a massage. Avoiding the problem in a pleasant pastime will free your head from problems. nine0005

Eat healthy. Do not avoid any kind of food. Provide healthy food. Avoid feeling hungry with regular snacks and regular meals.

Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine , they can increase anxiety and cause panic attacks.

Get enough sleep. Under stress, you need to sleep and rest more than usual.

If anxiety develops, defeat it: Make sure that your breathing is deep. Inhale and exhale slowly.

Slowly count to 10. Repeat and count to 20.

Treat everything with humor. Many problems can be solved with a good laugh.

Maintain a positive attitude. Direct your efforts to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

Take part in various undertakings. Be active, volunteer or do other community work that requires you to keep in touch with people, which will help you take your mind off your daily worries. nine0005

Find out what makes you anxious. Is it work, family, school or something else?

Keep a journal, record when you feel stressed or anxious, and look for patterns.

Find someone to talk to. Let your friends and family know that you are having a hard time coping with your feelings, tell them how you can be helped.

See a doctor for professional help.

Accept that you can't control everything. nine0010 Imagine the further development of the situation that worries you: is it really as bad as you think?

Make yourself better. Instead of striving for perfection, which is impossible, be content with how close you get to it.

Exercise daily to keep your body healthy. Follow the advice below.

Get in shape

Stay healthy, manage stress! nine0005

To maximize the benefits of exercise, try to include at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity activity (e.g. brisk walking) per week, at least 1¼ hours of vigorous activity (jogging or swimming), a combination is allowed loads.

5 X 30: Run, walk, bike or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.

Instead of endlessly striving for perfection, set yourself daily goals and objectives. It is better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait for the weekend and arrange a three-four-hour fitness marathon. The fact that the regularity of the load is more important is indicated by multiple scientific data. nine0005

Find out for yourself what kinds of activities you enjoy. Sociable people often prefer group activities. Closed - individual lessons are better suited.

Listen to music, audiobooks, or the news during class to take your mind off your daily routine. Many people find it more enjoyable to practice while listening to their favorite songs.

Assemble a "team of like-minded people". By talking with friends, colleagues or partners, it is easier to form the habit of regular exercise. nine0005

Be patient when starting a new program. Most people who have previously been sedentary take four to six weeks to develop the strength and coordination that will allow them to exercise effortlessly.

* Recommendations are not intended for use without regular medical supervision. Non-drug anxiety control measures such as autogenic training and meditation may worsen the patient's condition in severe forms of depression and more serious mental illness. nine0005

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Anxiety - expectation of danger or misfortune in the future, accompanied by feelings of anxiety, stress and/or somatic symptoms of tension. At the same time, the source of the expected danger can be both internal and external. nine0005

With anxiety in humans, in animals, the constant expectation of a predator attack is similar (Dawid H. Barlow, 2002, M.G. Craske, S.L. Rauch, R. Ursano, 2009).

Anxiety may be a natural human response to potentially dangerous situations.

Apart from the cases that really threaten with problems, anxiety is often found in both bodily and mental illnesses.

There is a group of mental illnesses in which anxiety is the main symptom: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (formerly called obsessive-compulsive disorder), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobias, and other rarer conditions. nine0005

In patients who visit a neurologist, anxiety disorder can be one of the factors in the appearance of pain associated with an increase in skeletal muscle tone - more often headaches and more in the neck, less often - pain in the chest and back.

Individual manifestations of anxiety: difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness, feeling of dry mouth, "lump in the throat" are often considered by patients as symptoms of bodily or neurological diseases. The search for the cause can go on for years.

It is extremely difficult to make a correct diagnosis on your own. The fact is that anxiety changes the process of thinking - the patient cannot soberly assess the situation. Arise cognitive distortions : complaints and symptoms in the mind of the patient are undoubtedly significant, require maximum attention. In this state, people often become victims of medical fraud. Even a competent doctor who adheres to a certain plan in managing a patient finds it difficult to resist the onslaught and calmly convince the patient that there are no serious problems.

Comparative characteristics of fear of anxiety and depression

Types of reactions Fear Alarm Depression
Verbal (subjective assessment) Imminent threat thoughts Thoughts of danger in the future Thoughts of loss, fatigue, general weakness
Somato-visceral Sympathetic Nervous System Activation Muscle tension Decreased activity
Engine Escape Avoidance Refusal to make a decision, delay

Can depression be cured without antidepressants? – Center for Healthy Youth

Quite often in people's lives there are situations that unsettle, when everything does not go according to plan, does not stick. A person has a disorder, he is sad, sad, believes that he has depression. However, in most cases this is not the case at all. Only a doctor can diagnose depression. nine0005

What is depression, what are its causes, symptoms and treatment?

Let's try to figure it out in our article.

What is depression?

Do not think that this is just a bad mood or apathy. If you have blues and despondency, this does not mean at all that depression is taking place. In fact, this is a disease that is characterized by serious changes in the biochemical processes of the human brain. Signs of the disease may persist for more than two weeks, while the usual frustration or sadness disappears much earlier. In the absence of timely treatment of severe depression, the condition drags on for years and flows into an intractable chronic form. It often happens that a person does not even realize that he is sick. It is important to understand that the treatment of neurosis and depression is necessary; this should be done by a specialist with extensive experience in this field. nine0005

What is clinical depression and why does it need to be treated? The disease develops due to a violation of the production of certain brain neurotransmitters that are responsible for receiving positive emotions. The disease makes a person apathetic, he rarely has a good mood, most often there is a pessimistic mood.

Causes and symptoms

The causes of this disease can be regular stress, psychotrauma, various unpleasant situations and events, problems in relationships with loved ones, the opposite sex, psychological abuse in childhood or adulthood. However, such a deviation in the psycho-emotional state is not only a consequence of injuries, it is also various changes at the physical level. In particular, patients have a lack of vitamin D, iron and some other trace elements and biologically active substances. nine0005

In addition, the development of the disease is largely influenced by hormonal disorders and diseases of the endocrine system. Quite rarely, the disorder occurs as a side effect of the use of drugs, but this is usually spelled out in the instructions. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a lack of sun, in autumn and spring, many people develop an exacerbation of mental disorders.

Will depression go away, or is it forever?

If the disease has been going on for a long time, many people begin to fear that they will never be able to get rid of it. Is it so? If the disease is mild, you can cope with it yourself. Sooner or later, a person will survive a traumatic situation, reevaluate it, change his attitude to the event and recover. In some cases, the use of medications leads to a bad mood, but after their withdrawal, the condition returns to normal. Any psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychotherapist will tell you that treatment for depression is essential. This will allow a person to get rid of obsessive thoughts and gain more positive thinking, which will increase the quality of life, and possibly its duration. nine0005

Without treatment, depression in women and men will progress, aggravating the psycho-emotional state and causing the development of mental disorders, especially for older people. But even for young people, the disease does not go unnoticed. You should not fight it alone, share your problems with relatives and friends, look at them from the outside, listen to advice, consult a doctor for the treatment of panic attacks, moderate and severe depression.

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Types of disorders

With the right methods, drugs and therapy plan, the disease can be stopped and cured, regardless of the stage and duration of development. If the violation is caused by the absence or deficiency in the body of certain vitamins and substances, the human condition is normalized as soon as the balance is restored. In the treatment of endogenous or psychogenic depression, special complex therapy is necessary. In the first case, the disease is caused by a malfunction of the psyche, in the second case, by traumatic events. nine0005

For example, an elderly woman can take the death of her husband to heart, the loss of a person with whom she lived hand in hand is very traumatic, which can cause the development of not only neuroses, but also dementia. In this case, doctors advise treating depression in women in the clinic.

No less dangerous is postpartum depression treatment, which is very important for a young mother. During pregnancy and after childbirth, a woman's body undergoes a huge number of changes. Not everyone immediately gets used to the new role, someone is afraid of the responsibility that has fallen, someone is not sure about the support of their spouse. As a result - a mental disorder, panic attacks, causeless fears, breakdowns. nine0005

Bipolar depression is often treated by specialists today. This disease is getting younger every year, but do not confuse it with a number of other abnormalities. Bipolar disorder is often confused with heightened emotionality. If you feel the symptoms of this disease, call the clinic, today it is possible both to treat depression in a hospital in Moscow, and to undergo therapy on an outpatient basis.

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Treatment of anxiety-depressive disorder without antidepressants

Many people do not want to see a doctor because they think the only way to treat depression is with antidepressants. They have heard about the side effects and high risk of developing drug dependence, as well as various myths about the dangers of these drugs. The dangers of antidepressants are greatly overestimated. Do not think that in modern medicine there are only drugs and pills for the treatment of depression. Fearing often far-fetched consequences, people turn to homeopathy for help, which, of course, will not give any result, except as a placebo. nine0005

Today, there are completely different and varied methods of treating depression, in many cases it is possible to do without medication. As a rule, pills are not even the basis of treatment, but supportive therapy during psychotherapy. If you consult a doctor in a timely manner and start effective treatment for depression in Moscow, you can do without medication.

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What methods of treatment of alarming- depressive disorder without pills exist?

It is possible to treat depression with sleep, hypnosis, physical exercises and classes, with the help of psychotherapeutic sessions with a specialist, relaxation practices, breathing exercises, relaxation, adherence to a certain daily routine. If a person cannot follow the recommendations, he does not have the strength, he cannot cope, you should immediately consult a doctor. Most likely, if the above methods are ineffective in this case, pharmacological therapy is necessary. nine0005

Why are antidepressants dangerous for the human body?

Are antidepressants dangerous to health? People are afraid of these drugs as well as antibiotics. There are many myths around these drugs. How Dangerous Are Antidepressants Really? First of all, you should understand that no doctor will prescribe you a potent drug without indications for this.

Modern medicines affect the human body quite gently, bringing great benefits to patients and bringing them closer to recovery much faster. The drugs affect the production of the necessary neurotransmitters and make up for the lack of serotonin and endorphins. As a result, the patient after a couple of weeks begins to feel much better than before the start of therapy. nine0005

However, the positive effect of the tablets does not appear immediately, within a few weeks the human body adapts, which causes some side effects. Often because of them, patients stop taking drugs, as it seems to them that their condition is only getting worse. However, you should be prepared for the fact that these are not magic pills that will help you get rid of a serious illness overnight. Most drugs have a cumulative effect.

A competent specialist knows in what dosages one or another drug should be taken. Most often, the dose increases in stages, as the body gets used to it, which is why at the beginning of the intake the expected effect will be absent. It is important for patients to stay in touch with their doctor in order to inform him of any changes. If your health condition worsens, tell your doctor. Subject to the recommendations, the drugs will only bring benefits and a significant improvement in well-being. nine0005

Antidepressant addiction - myth or truth?

It is impossible to say unequivocally that drugs for depression are evil. But the fact that they are absolutely harmless, too. Medicine does not stand still, as does pharmacology. Medicines are constantly improving and improving. Today, those drugs that caused drug addiction and posed a real threat to health due to side effects are long gone. The latest generation drugs are much safer than their predecessors. nine0005

In some cases, patients have to take medication for years, not because they become addicted, but because the treatment plan and indication require it. However, most often, when contacting specialists at an early stage of the disease, the use of drugs is not required, or a short course of administration is necessary. Gradually, the dosage is reduced to nothing, which prevents the development of drug dependence. A person gradually gets used to living without drugs.

However, the truth is that despite the ban on over-the-counter sales of most of these pills, some people get around the law and get them illegally. Why is this being done? The fact is that some drugs with an overdose and prolonged use can still be addictive. Among the most common pharmacy drugs are Lyrica and Fluoxetine (Prozac). When used for other purposes, for recreational purposes, drugs can cause addiction, which can only be cured with the help of a narcologist. nine0005

Do not self-medicate, increase the duration of use and dose, this can lead to undesirable consequences and side effects. If you feel that you cannot stop taking the drug, call your doctor. He can help you get rid of your addiction.

Is it possible to get rid of depression once and for all?

Is it possible to cure anxiety-depressive disorder? It is impossible to answer this question unambiguously in the affirmative. The disease can progress in different ways, have many concomitant diseases of varying severity. Each individual case should be considered individually. In most cases, a depressive disorder can be treated, but the risk that the disease will return or remain permanently cannot be ruled out. It is very important to monitor any changes and, if necessary, and a visible deterioration in the condition, immediately contact a psychotherapist. nine0005

Following the doctor's recommendations and taking preventive measures will help to avoid relapse. It is necessary to get into the habit of doing sports, physical education, or at least gymnastics in the morning. Remember that no one will take care of you except you. Forget about smoking and alcohol, bad habits only provoke the development of depression. It is also important to observe the sleep regime, sleep less than eight hours leads to negative processes in the central nervous system, has an undesirable effect on the psyche. Avoid stress whenever possible. nine0005

How can a doctor help?

In our country there is a huge distrust of doctors. The rather low level of medicine in the regions, lack of funding, low salaries of doctors, and with it the negligent attitude to work also affect. Of course, there are good and bad doctors and clinics, if you do not trust budgetary institutions, contact a private center.

If you have symptoms of a disorder, you should immediately contact a psychotherapist. The specialist will be able to quickly recognize the disease, diagnose and take tests, examine the patient and draw up an individual plan for psychopharmacological treatment. Clinical psychologists of our center can also diagnose depressive disorder. Quite often, our patients develop alcoholic depression on the background of long-term alcohol abuse. The "Healthy Youth Center" has all the capabilities, experience and necessary resources to eliminate all the symptoms of the disease and normalize the psycho-emotional state of the patient. nine0005

Many people are afraid of psychologists. "What am I, a psycho?" often heard from patients. However, neuroses and depressive states do not mean that a person is mentally ill, and they will put him in a mental hospital and put him on record. When contacting a private center, people are treated completely anonymously. Even if you go to a state clinic, you will not be registered with a dispensary. Specialists have no right to disclose the diagnosis and give information about the patient's condition to third parties, as this is a medical secret.

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