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atypical anorexia

Posted in Eating Disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Atypical Anorexia

You don’t have to look very thin to have an eating disorder. People with atypical anorexia nervosa often don’t think they’re “sick enough” for eating disorder treatment. But if you have atypical anorexia, you’re at risk for serious health complications. Learn more about the symptoms, risks and treatment for atypical anorexia nervosa. What Are the […]

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

How to Treat PTSD Nightmares

Sleep is meant to be restful and restorative. PTSD nightmares can make it terrifying and exhausting. Around 80% of people with PTSD struggle with nightmares, according to some research. PTSD nightmares are different than your run-of-the-mill bad dreams. They’re intrusive and cause severe anxiety. PTSD nightmares interfere with daytime functioning and may occur several times […]

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types of ptsd

Posted in Mental Health

What Types of PTSD Are There?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that some people develop in response to trauma. It’s defined by the length of time people experience their symptoms, and the symptoms themselves. For someone to be diagnosed with PTSD, they must have experienced symptoms for at least a month. PTSD People with PTSD have disturbing feelings […]

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Posted in Articles, Dual Diagnosis

Common Co-Occurring Disorders for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex psychiatric condition that co-occurring substance abuse and other mental health disorders can intensify. The added challenges of addiction and other mental illness may worsen BPD symptoms or the symptoms of the co-occurring disorder. 

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Posted in Addiction, Articles, Mental Health

What to Look for in a Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Facility

When deciding on the right mental health treatment center for co-occurring disorders, there are several key elements you should look for. Make sure you are giving yourself the best chance for success by finding a mental health treatment center with these important elements.  Qualified Staff Members A co-occurring disorder occurs when an individual suffers from a mental health condition and a substance use […]

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Posted in Alcoholism, Articles, Drug Addiction

Should Benzodiazepines Be Used to Treat Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures?

When withdrawing from alcohol, some addicted users experience severe symptoms such as seizures and delirium tremens (the DTs). The potential for these problems makes alcohol detox more dangerous than most other forms of detox. If you develop seizures during alcohol withdrawal, your doctor will likely treat this complication with a medication called a benzodiazepine. These medications have […]

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Posted in Mental Health, News

Identifying the Difference Between Bipolar Psychosis & Schizophrenia

Psychosis is the term used to describe two major disruptions in mental health — hallucinations and delusional thinking — that seriously interfere with the ability to stay grounded in reality. Most people probably associate these disruptions with the mental illness schizophrenia. However, significant numbers of people with bipolar disorder also develop psychosis symptoms. Without knowing […]

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Posted in Addiction Treatment, Articles, Tennessee

Finding the Touchstone Memory: What Happens During an EMDR Session?

By Ginger Poag, MSW, LCSW, Trauma Therapist at The Ranch  I am passionate about EMDR therapy, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, because I have so often seen it change people’s lives. Many people I see at The Ranch have never heard about this trauma therapy and are naturally skeptical. They don’t think it’s going to […]

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Posted in Articles, Mental Health, Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Treatment

What Is Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder?

Treatment-resistant depression (also called treatment-refractory depression) is a thoroughly researched topic and widely recognized clinical challenge. In many cases, mood-stabilizing medication can help control the symptoms of depression, although first-line treatments are often ineffective. Less than 40% of individuals achieve remission with the first treatment administered and often many different medications and approaches are tried before an efficacious combination is found.

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Posted in Addiction, Addictions, Alcoholism, Articles, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Substance Abuse Evaluation: What to Expect

Whether by choice or by force, a substance abuse evaluation is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. There are four goals of a drug and alcohol abuse assessment: Determine the types of substances abused Determine the severity of substance abuse Assess co-occurring mental health disorders Make a treatment recommendation, if necessary During a […]

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