Posts Tagged 'behavioral health services'

How To Handle Controlling And Aggressive People

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In a perfect world, none of us would ever have to deal with difficult people—but unfortunately, we all do. They may be co-workers we see at work, acquaintances who are friends with our friends, or even family members we’ll have to see at get-togethers and holiday parties. Sometimes these people just have strong personalities, and sometimes their behavior is indicative of underlying mental issues.

On the surface, controlling and aggressive people may come across as hostile, demanding, confrontational and possibly even ...

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Depression and how it leads to Stress

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Not all stress is harmful to mental health. It motivates us and keeps us primed to respond to danger. But too much stress is very damaging to physical and mental well-being. In fact, chronic stress can lead to clinical depression.

Sustained or chronic stress elevates your “stress hormone” cortisol while reducing your levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Improper serotonin and dopamine levels are one of the main causes of depression. When the stress response fails to shut off ...

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October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

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In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the month that the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to coffee shops everywhere, October is also ADD/ADHD Awareness Month. In fact, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, which started as ADHD Awareness Day back in 2004. To commemorate the month, here are a few facts about the disorder.

Attention-Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity Disorder, abbreviated ...

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Your Autistic Child and Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and just about every family is getting ready to celebrate with costumes, candy and festivities. But for families that have a child facing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be overwhelming. A child with ASD might be in for anxiety and more when they’re exposed to more interaction with others, sounds and visuals that they’re unaccustomed to and ...

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Food: A Real Addiction?

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Unlike alcohol and drugs, an addiction to food is not fully recognized by all treatment professionals. But recent evidence suggests that high calorie comfort foods like burgers, fries and macaroni and cheese may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity and over-consumption of such foods have been associated with addiction-like eating behavior not unlike a binge eating disorder. People with food addiction report more frequent food cravings, higher eating disorder psychopathology and more depressive symptoms ...

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Easy Ways To Take Control Of Your Attitude

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The popular expression “attitude is everything” may not be entirely true, but the fact is, optimistic people are more pleasant to be around. Positive people tend to have healthier relationships with others, live longer and beat physical and mental illnesses faster. Oftentimes an excessively negative attitude is a sign of underlying depression and best treated by behavioral health services. However, there are plenty of things people can do outside the psychiatrist’s office to improve their attitudes.

If you seem to ...

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How Parental Involvement Helps Kids Succeed In School

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For those with children, September is a month of transition as young students adjust to being back at school. If your children have OCD, ADHD or anything else that interferes with their learning, they’re probably already getting some help from a child psychiatrist. But it doesn’t end there. Positive parental involvement will help children succeed in school, and every new year is a new opportunity to put helpful supports in place.

It’s certainly not a controversial statement to say that ...

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Eating Disorders: Mentally And Physically Unhealthy

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Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder are categorized as mental illnesses. People with eating disorders not only have unhealthy relationships with food, but also typically struggle with body image issues and a disruption in their normal activities. In addition, they can be affected by physical symptoms such as lowered immune systems and weakened hearts. Now Finnish researchers have found that people with eating disorders are at an increased risk of developing autoimmune disorders as well.

In the study, published in ...

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Depressed? It’s Time For Therapy And Antidepressants

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Many people try to handle their depression on their own. But if you’re like most people and you’ve struggled with moderate to severe depression, you should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments: therapy and antidepressant medication. Many people opt for one or the other or do nothing at all. In making that choice, they can short-change their chances at a faster recovery.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, look into behavioral health services in your area. Be honest about your ...

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What Anxiety Disorders Really Look Like

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To someone who does not suffer from anxiety, anxiety disorders probably seem very strange. The popular opinion seems to be that people should just “think mind over matter” and simply “get over it.” Unfortunately anxiety disorders are much more complicated than that. They can be severely debilitating. While seeking appropriate behavioral health services will help, living with an anxiety disorder means constantly struggling with the strange thoughts and behaviors that threaten an otherwise healthy life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

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Depression Can Be Contagious For College Roommates

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If you know anyone heading off to college, take note: studies have shown that depression can be contagious among college roommates. Negative thinking styles that make people vulnerable to depression can “spread” from one student to another. Help the college student in your life keep from “catching” the cognitive vulnerability with these tips.

1. Spend time around positive people. The influence of cognitive vulnerability can go both ways, and hanging out with optimistic people can help counteract the effects of a ...

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Ten Mental Health Myths

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Despite making huge advances in the way our society views mental health, mental illness does still carry a stigma. The recent suicide of Robin Williams has paved the way for discussions about depression, addiction and bipolar disorder, but we still have a long way to go before mental illness is as widely accepted and understood as fighting physical illnesses.

No one should ever be ashamed to seek help from behavioral health services available to them. There are many misconceptions surrounding ...

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