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Let’s Talk About Suicide

Thursday, 14 June, 2018

The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain have brought suicide and mental illness to the forefront once again. These celebrity deaths are part of a trend showing that suicide rates are on the rise across the globe.  Annually, suicides account for nearly one million deaths globally, and U.S. suicide rates have risen almost 30% since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with each state seeing a rise during the period. (more…)

Bipolar Disorder: A True Story

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

We often hear of how mental illness can change a life, but do we understand to what extent? Did you know a mental illness can lead to job loss, family loss, or even jail time?  Mental illness, including bipolar disorder, can lead to all those things, and John can attest to it. (more…)

May is Mental Health Month

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

MHM ShareableMay is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health, and one of the most recognized mental health awareness events in the country. This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, focuses on increasing the understanding of how the body’s various systems impact mental health based on recent research. When we talk about health, we tend to think only of our physical health, but often don’t realize that so much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Five key areas are vital to staying physically and mentally healthy.   (more…)

Surviving the Holidays in Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

It’s time for the holidays, which means a chance to eat, drink, and be merry. But for those struggling with an alcohol addiction, it can be tough to navigate and can lead to heightened anxiety. The holiday pressures of money, family, and general stress can be difficult for everyone, but for someone with an alcohol addiction, they can be amplified as they are often the triggers that began the abuse in the first place. The holidays can be an invitation for a destructive relapse, but education and awareness are the most potent lines of defense in attempting to combat a significant problem. (more…)

Lifeskills South Florida: Weathering the Storm

Thursday, 14 September, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month to focus on planning in the event of a disaster or emergency, and Lifeskills South Florida took that to heart with the approach of Hurricane Irma. From the moment the storm set its sights on the Florida coast, the Lifeskills team went into action, making client safety and well-being, and family communication the number one focus.

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Suicide and Addiction: What are the Risks?

Monday, 11 September, 2017

By: Dr. Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Today more than ever, as the United States experiences record breaking-overdose statistics, the public is more exposed to the dangers of addiction. Slowly, the population finds increasingly harder to ignore or deny the impact of opiates on the American people, with over 33,000 Americans dying from opioid use in 2015. Hidden beneath the veil of the terrible epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, looms the fact that many of these deaths are not accidental. They are suicides. Addiction recently published a study of five million veterans in which scientists reported of those diagnosed with opioid use disorder showed an increased risk of suicide in males and females. The risk of suicide death in women was double that for men; the rate was eight times higher than the national average. The researchers concluded that the suicide rate among those suffering from an opioid use disorder was 86.9/100,000, compared to the rate of 14/100,000 in the general U.S. population. (more…)

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

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Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability. Cognitive processing therapy will typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event.

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Questions to Ask when Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Monday, 13 March, 2017

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Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes an individual that is actively battling both a substance abuse disorder as well as a co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 7 and 9 million people struggle with both mental disorders and substance abuse during any given year. In fact, more than 50% of individuals that have an addiction to drugs and alcohol also suffer from disorders that often include depression and other mood disordersanxiety, personality disorders and trauma.

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Three Important Skills you could Develop from Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Monday, 27 February, 2017

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a staple treatment method that is offered at most mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. This method of treatment is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and was originally created to treat individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder. However, DBT has also been proven to help individuals battling conditions such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and addiction. (more…)

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