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September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month! Every September, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

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Feeling Anxious?

When most people think about anxiety, they picture the typical nervousness folks experience before taking a test at school, or perhaps speaking in public. Their pulse may quicken a bit, their face may feel a bit flushed, they may have “butterflies in their stomach,” but that is about it. It is a temporary feeling,...

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Identifying and Treating ADHD in Children and Adults

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is often associated with children. About nine percent of children aged 3 to 17 are diagnosed with this chronic condition. Though childhood is the most common time for a diagnosis of ADHD, about four percent of adults also have the condition. In fact, according to...

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The WHY behind the WALK

When our son was struggling with bipolar disorder, our family and the life we knew was turned upside-down. We were fortunate in that not long after he was diagnosed, we discovered NAMI. But it was only after our son was truly solid in his recovery did we begin participating in the annual NAMI Connecticut...

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May is Mental Health Month!

NAMI Connecticut is proud to participate in this year’s Mental Health Month. From our exciting NAMI Connecticut WALK, to film screenings, concerts, book discussions, webinars and more, we celebrate this important time in May with many different events designed to not only raise awareness around mental health challenges, but also help eliminate the stigma...

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What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life. For people who have it, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with a variety of interventions available, both medical and other, many people can manage those feelings and get back...

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Join The NAMI Connecticut Walk at Bushnell Park

NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness - Hartford, CT. This year, NAMI Connecticut invites you to join us in Hartford at beautiful Bushnell Park for our annual fundraiser dedicated to mental health awareness and services. Slated to get underway on Saturday, May 20th, the 2017 NAMI Connecticut Walk is our largest fundraiser of...

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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

As we celebrate Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, NAMI Connecticut wants to take this opportunity to increase our readers' understanding of autism. While a great deal has become known in recent years, more research is needed to develop a greater appreciation for its nuances, challenges and solutions. Here's what we know now about...

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6 Facts About Depression and Finding Help

Depression is a mental health condition that is marked by a litany of symptoms that can affect daily functioning. It's estimated that nearly seven percent -- or about 16 million people -- had an episode of depression at least once in the past year. Depression, like many other medical conditions, doesn't necessarily look the...

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Living on the Bipolar Spectrum? You are not alone

Bipolar disorder -- formerly known by the term "manic depression" -- is now recognized as being a spectrum of linked types that have both similarities and differences between them. One primary feature is extreme mood swings that include manic highs and depressed lows. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance notes that about 5.7 million...

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