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A Public Health Issue: Mental Health Treatment

Families who struggle with mental illness in a loved one know the difficulties that can afflict everyone at home. But few are aware of the massive impact of the private issue of mental health on the public. The fact is that when members of the community struggling with a mental health disorder get the care...

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High Temperatures Worsen Behavioral Health Problems Among Patients

Even as the summer heat is winding down, some parts of the country experience intense heat waves even in the fall. Health problems associated with high body temperature and dehydration are a risk for everyone, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), potential health problems related to intense heat may...

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Risk of Suicide Attempts Among Drug Users May Increase Due to Childhood Abuse

The health and well-being of a loved one struggling with drug dependence is a constant concern for their family members. The choices made by those who continually abuse drugs and alcohol are not always safe choices and can accidentally end with a deadly result. However, a new study out of Vancouver, Canada, published in a...

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The Deadliest Mental Health Disorder

Far more dangerous than any other mental disorder due to the slow death caused by its symptoms, eating disorders have not only been named as the deadliest of all mental health diagnoses but they are often underdiagnosed and undertreated. How can you help your loved one to overcome the many issues related to a chronic...

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Mental Illness: Can Your Relationship Be Saved?

When your spouse or partner is diagnosed with a serious mental health issue, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder, it can define your relationship. Erratic behavior based on the symptoms of the disorder can make it difficult to carry on a conversation, much less make or carry out long-term plans. Many couples...

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Caring for Your Loved One: Prioritize Your Health and Wellness

One of the most difficult situations to have to deal with is a loved one who is unable to care for himself or herself. Whether it is for mental or physical ailments, the challenges faced by the family in a situation such as this can be all-consuming. The more debilitating the illness, the harder it...

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Improving Wellness During Mental Health Treatment

Mental health problems strike every population, age group and gender. Whether you prioritize your physical health or not, it can benefit the quality of your time spent in mental health treatment to turn your attention at home to maintaining good habits for your body as well. Whether you’re actively trying to improve your health with...

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Obama Wants Mental Illness ‘Out of the Shadows’

President Obama is trying to help shed light on the problem of mental illness and the need for proper mental health treatment. To that end, he recently delivered a speech at the National Conference on Mental Health that was White House-sponsored. The focus of Obama’s speech was the need to remove the stigma on mental...

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The Question of Suicide

Each year in this country, roughly one million people try to kill themselves, however, of those who attempt suicide, just 38,000 actually succeed. Added to those numbers in the U.S. annually, we have approximately 33,000 people who die of accidental poisonings. Although there are many ways to be poisoned, about nine of the 10 people...

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Paying for Mental Health Treatment

Mental health treatment services are often the first thing dropped from state budgets when funds get tight. In recent years, belt-tightening at the state level has caused a number of cities to lose the money they had earmarked for therapeutic intervention and inpatient care for those who need it. For families who depended upon state-funded...

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AMA Identifies Obesity as a Disease

In a controversial decision, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease. This choice was fully supported by advocacy groups and medicals organizations such as: The Obesity Society American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists American College of Cardiology The recognition of obesity as something more than just a consequence of certain lifestyle choices...

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Depression and Heart Disease: The Connection Among Post-Menopausal Women

New research published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that women in the U.S. after menopause who have depression or who are on medications for the disorder are more likely to be diagnosed with the following health problems as well: Diabetes Heart disease A research team from the University of Massachusetts Medical School...

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Can Genetic Testing Help Us Diagnose Psychiatric Disorders?

We are often taught that all that is to be known about our health is written in our genes from birth. Although we understand that environment can play a role in determining if a certain trait will be expressed, all the possibilities available to us should be able to be decoded by mapping out our...

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The Connection Between Food and Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Most people have heard that genetics and the influence from our family and close friends may play a part in drug and alcohol addiction, but most people have probably never heard that an individual’s relationship with food may be a factor in their alcoholism. This occurs because food tastes better to some people when they...

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Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Mentally Ill Patients

A professor at Harvard Medical School, Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, is attempting to tackle a large problem in the U.S. related to addiction. This issue, known as a Dual Diagnosis, occurs when individuals have both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder simultaneously. Studies have shown roughly half of people with a drug or...

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Risk Factors for Suicide

Are you concerned that your loved one is contemplating suicide? How can you tell the difference between depression that is deadly and depression that is normal? When are hypothetical discussions about death and dying by one’s own hand a cry for help? Unless your loved one comes to you and flat out tells you, “I...

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Designer John Galliano Shares Struggle With Suicide, Addiction

Designer John Galliano spoke frankly in an interview with Charlie Rose and discussed his alcoholism, addiction, and the “deep loneliness” that culminated in his being dismissed from Dior several years ago. Mr. Galliano described his condition as being  “physically, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt.” In his interview, Mr. Galliano discussed his descent into addiction, his subsequent...

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Quality of Life Improves for Borderline Personality Disorder Patients Through Treatment, Says Study

A study released this spring by the Harvard Review of Psychiatry reports that the quality of life for a patient suffering from borderline personality disorder can improve through treatment. This study was conducted taking a closer look at the specific quality of life (“QoL”) instrument and examining how other studies in the past have actually...

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Anorexia and Addiction: Matt Samet Shares His Story

Matt Samet is a rock climber, and in the world of rock climbing, lighter is better. Matt says that early in his career he fell victim to a condition referred to within the sport of rock climbing as “climborexia,” in which the climber starves himself or herself in order to drop weight and move more...

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Should Suicide Be Treated as Separate From Other Mental Health Issues?

As the baby boomer generation gets older, more and more are opting to take their own lives, says Psychiatric Times. What are the risk factors? Why is this happening? These are questions that many are asking as they seek to address the situation and lower the rate of suicide across the country. Some risk factors...

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Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Legislation Signed Into Law in MD

The federal mental health parity laws were designed to make sure that patients had access to the mental health and addiction treatment they need, and the Maryland Parity Project is focused on providing Maryland residents with that protection. The issue is that many insurance companies must be forced in a court of law to provide...

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Your Mood, Your Food and Your Goals for Mental Health Treatment

We’ve known on some level our whole lives that “you are what you eat.” However, in this day of overscheduled, overstressed lives that become dependent on highly processed, fast food we all somehow forget that the choices we make at every meal have an impact on our health. Dr. Drew Ramsay, professor of Psychiatry at...

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Council Speaker Talks About Past Issues With Bulimia

Council speaker Christine C. Quinn spoke to the press recently about her 10-year battle with bulimia and alcoholism. Ms. Quinn’s long-term struggle began when she was a teenager and had to deal with the worsening condition of her cancer-stricken mother. Ms. Quinn explained that the purging was a method to regain control of a little...

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Self-Medicating Depressive Disorder With Alcohol and Marijuana

A new study out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that major depressive disorder (MDD) was associated with both alcohol and marijuana use disorders. The study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that individuals with co-occurring alcohol and marijuana abuse issues had a greater chance of suffering from MDD than...

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