Mental illness affects millions of people every year, in fact, just over 47 million adults in the US experienced a mental illness in 2018. These numbers make receiving quality mental health treatment vital. Students who want to prepare for a career path in behavioral healthcare will often find it beneficial to explore internship opportunities that…Details
What does the word addiction mean? According to Merriam-Webster, it is the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” Many people view addiction being associated with substances like food, drugs, or alcohol, but we know that is…Details
By Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC, DBT-LBC Traditional Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the early 1980s by Marsha Linehan to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Individuals suffering from BPD often struggle with intense, difficult to manage negative emotions and are considered to be under controlled.Details
Trauma is a word used quite liberally in everyday language, typically to identify a highly stressful event. When we speak about trauma in the clinical sense, we are referring to an event that has completely overwhelmed an individual’s capacity to cope and this, of course, is entirely defined by the survivor.
Depression affects nearly 1:6 people at some point in their lives. It is more than feeling sad or depressed, which is a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles. When symptoms of depression become more intense and begin to affect daily functioning, it could be a sign of something more severe, such as a depressive…Details
One year ago, Rob’s life changed forever. He was at a crossroads and needed to decide who he was and what he wanted to define his life. Fear that he would never change consumed him.
Although global suicide rates have declined nearly a third since 1990, they are on the rise in the United States. According to data released in June 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US suicide rates are at their highest level since World War II. Rates have increased an average 1% a…Details
By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Frequently, individuals that struggle with substance use disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general, often causing a barrier for seeking treatment. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while…Details
Just over 7% of US adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. While this number is high, what is even more surprising is that the number of Millennial’s suffering from depression is on the rise.
We are recognizing National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing the awareness of. and action around, mental health and substance use disorders. Each year different themes are included to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. One of them is Preventing Prescription and opioid misuse. Thinking about this theme, let’s…Details