Archive for May, 2013

Where Are Teens Getting Prescription Drugs?

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In our last post, we looked at the high rate of teen abuse of prescription medications. Most of the time, kids aren’t buying these drugs. It turns out that most of the time, teens are receiving pills for free from a trusted source such as a friend or relative. However, about 20 percent of teens admit to simply taking medications from friends or family without permission. For example, if one sibling has ADHD, another sibling might be secretly helping ...

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Prescription Drug Abuse Poses a Big Problem for Teens

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In the field of child psychiatry, doctors see lots of kids who have emotional and behavioral challenges that are difficult to trace to a specific source. But some of the common issues child psychiatrists deal with do have a known and preventable cause – prescription drug abuse.

What Are Teens Using These Days?

You probably know that alcohol and marijuana are the two most commonly used mind-altering substance for ...

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Need a Dallas Psychiatrist With Neurology Knowledge?

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There’s a reason that board certification for both psychiatry and neurology is managed by a single organization (the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology). But the fact is that many psychiatrists have little experience or knowledge with neurology. It’s a specialty they simply don’t deal with as a part of their everyday practice. A doctor who isn’t able to look at the whole mind/brain picture may sometimes miss important clues to what is really going on with a patient. Fortunately, ...

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Has Your Orange County Therapist Recommended Medications?

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If you are seeing a Costa Mesa or Orange County therapist for a mental health concern, there may come a time when they suggest that you could benefit from medication. In the state of Texas, psychologists don’t have prescribing authority (because they lack medical training). So, they may let you know it is time to bring in a psychiatrist as a “medication consultant”. This does not mean the psychiatrist should just whip out their prescription pad and order up ...

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Find a New Psychiatrist in Orange County CA

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psychiatrist in plano txAre you looking for a new psychiatrist in Orange County CA? Perhaps your current mental health therapist has relocated or retired. Ideally, your existing psychiatrist should make every effort to ...

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Should You See a Mental Health Therapist or a Psychiatrist?

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Are you trying to figure out whether to seek the assistance of a mental health therapist or a psychiatrist? It’s helpful to understand the difference between the two types of provider. A therapist generally sees patients individually or in small groups on a frequent basis. The therapist’s role is to observe, listen, counsel, and help patients create and implement a treatment plan to help them gain better mental health. Many patients who require non-acute care do ...

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Why Texas Psychiatry Associations Matter

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texas psychiatryWhen you start researching psychiatrists to find the right provider for you and your family, you may notice that many of them are members of various professional organizations including Texas psychiatry associations. Participation in these organizations is completely voluntary – but it is still important. While state licensing and board certification are the ...

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Join the Circle of Support With Our Women’s Group

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Are you looking for a place to turn when life gets tough? Does life seem to be tough all the time? If you’re a woman living in the 21st century, the answer is probably yes to both questions. Our women’s group offers a private, supportive and safe environment for you to speak authentically about the challenges you face.

Why Surround Yourself with New People?

In our culture, we’re often encouraged to turn ...

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Can Child Psychiatry Help Kids Who Are Bullied?

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Schools should be a place to learn interesting and helpful facts and skills. Sadly, it is often a place where kids learn instead that life is unfair and other people can’t be trusted to “play nice”. Bullying is a pervasive problem and one without a quick fix. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) states that as ...

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Orange County Counseling Group for Teens

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The media likes to portray teens as people who are just interested in playing the latest video games, indulging harmful substances, looking cool, or finding someone to “hook up with”. But teenagers aren’t bad, they aren’t shallow, and they definitely aren’t stupid. In fact, most of them are just under incredible pressure to perform academically or athletically and to conform ...

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Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury

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Nearly 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur each year in the United States.1 Athletes involved in sports such as football, hockey and boxing are at significant risk of TBI due to the high level of contact inherent in these sports. Head injuries are also extremely common in sports such as cycling, baseball, basketball and skateboarding. Unfortunately, many sports head injuries lead to permanent brain damage or worse. TBI, is ...

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Dr. Tucker Contributes To New Book: Failure To Launch

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Click here to read more about the book or to pre-order a copy on Amazon. Available June 2013

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