Archive for June, 2013

Recovery From A Traumatic Brain Injury

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The recovery process from a traumatic brain injury requires patience, dedication and both physical and mental treatments. Since every case is different, every survivor’s treatment and recovery time will vary greatly. However, the sooner the process begins, the faster the injured person can return to their normal life or adjust to whatever their new normal may be.

In addition to the physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, the survivor may feel confused, angry, depressed and anxious. Inappropriate behavior and substance ...

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College Students With Mental Illness More Likely To Drop Out

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According to a recent study from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a staggering 64% of college students with mental health issues will end up dropping out of school. The majority of these teens struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse and addiction. The students drop out because of pressure, lack of motivation, and poor grade point averages leading to a loss in financial aid.

There are many reasons these students don’t seek help, the ...

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Early Signs of Autism

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With one in 50 young children currently being diagnosed with autism, it’s natural to wonder if your child is exhibiting the signs. The idea of having a child with autism is scary, but the younger he or she is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. Early diagnosis makes a big difference.

Ideally, it is best to diagnose autism by the time a baby is 18 months old, but infants can begin exhibiting the symptoms as early as six months ...

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Plano Counseling for Anger Management

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Did you know that violence becomes more common as the temperature gets hotter? More than one study has shown that there is a direct increase in violent crimes (especially domestic violence and brawling) in the summer. Some researchers think this is because people are out and about more. Others think it’s because excessive heat makes people irritable, resulting in more aggression. Whatever the reason, you may be at greater risk of lashing out in rage during the next few ...

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Join a Women’s Group to Boost Your Summer Self Esteem

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Summer is the cruelest month for those of us who don’t have perfect bodies. It’s hot here in California, but stripping off the layers to shorts and a tank top can feel like having one of those nightmares where you suddenly realize don’t have any clothes on at all. You catch sight of yourself in a store window and feel horrified. Even on a good day, you may find yourself worrying about how your arms look ...

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Is There a Pill That Can Help You Stop Drinking?

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Are you struggling with alcohol addiction? Have you tried to cut back only to find old drinking habits creeping back? Have you tried to quit “cold turkey”? Does AA alone just not work for you? Have your relationships, your career and your quality of life been seriously impacted by your alcohol abuse? Do you want to kick this habit now before you do permanent harm to your liver?

Pharmaceutical Treatment May Help

There is no quick fix for ...

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MRIs Might Make Sense for Bipolar Patients

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Has your mental health therapist suggested that your mood shifts and behavioral issues might be due to bipolar disorder? There might be a way to confirm this diagnosis with a brain scan. Experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been able to distinguish between brain scans of people with and without bipolar using MRI imaging. The technique is accurate in more than seven out of ten cases.

This obviously isn’t perfect. However, bipolar is very often ...

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Autism and ADHD Linked In New Child Psychiatry Study

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When you think of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as portrayed in the media, you might suppose that these two disorders are on opposite ends of the behavioral spectrum. Kids with autism are shown as being very withdrawn, preferring to sit in a corner and play with the same object for hours on end. Children with ADHD are stereotyped as being social butterflies, unable to sit still and concentrate on anything ...

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children

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One of the scariest things that can happen to a child is a head injury. All kids fall or bump their heads quite a few times as they learn to walk, run, climb and play. Often, these are minor injuries that do no lasting damage. However, there are also many thousands of children each year who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can result in temporary or permanent damage. Immediate treatment is the best way to prevent lasting harm. ...

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Early Diagnosis for Siblings with Autism Is Easier Now

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If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism, you might wonder if their younger siblings may also be “on the spectrum”. This isn’t an idle worry. The genetic markers for autism have not been fully mapped. However, researchers have already identified 55 gene variants that are linked to the disorder. This is definitely something that can run in families. If you have one child with autism, the chances of a younger sibling having similar issues may ...

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Women’s Group Helps You Get Through Father’s Day

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Are you a single mom? Is the father of your children just not in the picture anymore? Or, is he there but not really stepping up to be the father his children deserve? Father’s Day can be a tough time for you and your kids. It’s not unusual for single mothers to feel a variety of troubling emotions over a relationship that didn’t work out or even for circumstances completely outside their control – such as the death of their ...

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Child Psychiatry Study Shows Seizure Location Matters

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A research study published in the “Epilepsia” medical journal has revealed a new finding about children and teen patients. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that can originate in any area of the brain. It is sometimes accompanied by serious mental health disturbances. Because of this, child psychiatry specialists are often involved in the assessment of these patients. That’s why psychiatrists at the Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. had the opportunity to notice that certain patients tend to ...

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