Humans are social creatures, and it's not surprising that close relationships are a priority for most people. While a strong support system or a romantic partner isn't a cure for a mental illness, building and maintaining intimate relationships is among the most effective ways to enjoy a happy, healthy life. What Is ... Read More
FHE Health is dedicated to educating the American public—especially individuals, families, and communities—about mental health and substance abuse topics. In our Learning Center, you'll find articles on alcoholism, substance abuse, behavioral and mental health, and other treatment-related issues. Our articles are written both for the person in need of treatment as well as loved ones seeking more information. We also provide information for those who have gone through treatment and are building a new life in recovery.
The Mental Health Benefits of an Intimate Relationship
The Eye-Opening Link Between Infertility and Emotional Distress
Making the choice whether to have children can be a significant decision. When that choice is taken away from you, regardless of where you stand, it can have a serious impact on your overall health. The link between infertility and mental health can manifest in depression, anxiety and sadness. Read on to take a ... Read More
What to Know About Combining Antibiotics and Alcohol
Antibiotics are among the most important life-saving inventions of modern medicine, but the effects of mixing antibiotics and alcohol are something many people are unaware of. To ensure antibiotics remain effective, it's vital that they're used only to treat the bacterial infections they're designed to fight and that ... Read More
Post-Partum Depression and the Case for Immediate Intervention
New moms face a variety of struggles as they adjust to life with a newborn. Lack of sleep, a healing body and continuous fatigue, paired with learning a new schedule and trying to keep a new baby content, are just a few of the challenges a new mother must navigate. Pregnancy and the act of giving birth can also trigger ... Read More
6 Mental Health Treatments That Are Now Obsolete
The history of mental health treatment is a terrifying subject. Humanity's first efforts to treat mental illness were riddled with superstition, ignorance and fear. For centuries, treatments used on the mad — as those with mental illness were then called — were next to torture. Given the history of mental health ... Read More
Why Are Women Less Likely to Seek Help for Alcoholism?
Alcohol use is common among adults in the United States, and around a quarter of adults say they have engaged in an activity such as binge-drinking within the past month. According to statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 5% of individuals age 12 or older in the ... Read More
7 Tips for Starting a New Relationship with Generalized Anxiety
We all have different skill sets. Some of us are social butterflies who float from gathering to gathering, quickly building a strong group of friends along the way. Others may have a bit more difficulty starting new relationships. For some of those individuals, the big obstacle is social anxiety. While anxiety ... Read More
Is Anxiety a Disability? What Protections Are There?
From work to relationships, anxiety touches all aspects of your life. In addition to managing your symptoms, this condition brings up a lot of difficult questions. Is anxiety a disability? If it is, what accommodations can be made for you at school or work? And is anxiety covered under the ADA? Here's what you need to ... Read More