Treating Co-Occurring Disorders to Help Prevent Suicide

Treating Co-ocurring disorders to help prevent suicide

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 8.2 million American adults had a mental illness as well as a substance use disorder within the past year. The same study also documented a co-occurrence of serious mental illness and the presence of substance use disorder within 2.6 million American adults. Co-occurring disorders, also… Read More

How Today’s Treatments Spell “Hope” for Those With Schizophrenia

What Is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by an inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. People with schizophrenia must take antipsychotic medications to reduce symptom severity. Although an exact cause of schizophrenia has yet to be determined, psychiatrists and neuroscientists believe that excess dopamine in the brain from the misfiring of neurons responsible for regulating dopamine produces psychotic features… Read More

When Is ADHD Medication Necessary for Your Child?

When is it necessary to medicate for ADHD

It’s estimated that 13% of men and 4% of women live with an attention-deficit disorder such as ADD or ADHD. These conditions significantly impact a person’s ability to focus in certain settings, which is why many adults in this population manage their condition with medication. In children, however, addressing ADHD is not so clear. Without a behavioral history to use as a reference,… Read More

Mental Health in the Military: What Every Vet Should Know About Their Treatment Options

What every vet should know about their treatment options

The intensities of war, demand for mental and physical toughness and separation from family make military veterans susceptible to a wide range of mental health risks. A study conducted reported by the American Psychology Association reveals just how widespread military mental health challenges are. In 2013, there were 1,080 suicide attempts and 245 suicides among active duty service members. A… Read More

What Is a Psychotic Break? The Triggers and Treatments Everyone Should Know About

The triggers and treatment everyone should know about for a psychotic break

A psychotic break can happen suddenly but with the potential to cause lifelong issues. Learn what a psychotic break is, as well as the symptoms, triggers and treatments, so you can seek help appropriately or recognize risk factors or psychotic episodes your loved ones may be experiencing. What Is Psychosis? Psychosis occurs when a person’s mind loses its grip on… Read More

Is Perfectionism Triggering Your Anxiety or Depression?

Perfectionism and anxiety/depression

Many people set high goals for themselves and those around them. They expect not to just accomplish a task, but to do it perfectly. Some may say this is a personality trait; that they’re a perfectionist. However, being a perfectionist can go too far. When it does, it can create an increased risk for depression and anxiety. Overcoming… Read More

Prolonged Trauma and C-PTSD: What You Need to Know

Prolonged truama - How CPTSD is created

Traumatic events leave their mark on a person, and for some, the result can be post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of this disorder include nightmares; flashbacks; avoidance of topics, people and locations related to the event; negative thinking; and struggles with certain social skills or situations. Many professionals believe PTSD and its symptoms describe what individuals go through when they have faced a… Read More