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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…)

How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

Friday, 13 April, 2018

Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness, understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage a focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is not defined by what or when you drink, or how much you drink, but by what happens when you drink. When drinking causes a problem in relationships, at home, at work, financially, physically, or legally, it is an issue and time to get help. (more…)

What is the Truth about Depression?

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

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. A depressive disorder is intense levels of sadness including feeling helpless, and worthless lasting for weeks and keeping a person from living life fully. Let’s look at some of the common questions surrounding depression. (more…)

Can using Social Media lead to Depression?

Friday, 27 October, 2017

Social media is used every day to connect with friends and family, post photos, and tell stories. We spend much of our daily lives in a virtual community full of endless conversation. Social media continues an upward growth trend, as network giants such as Facebook and Instagram are seeing an increase in users. As of the third quarter of 2017, Instagram has grown to over 800 million users, and Facebook now sits at over two billion monthly users, the largest of the social media platforms. (more…)

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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