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Parents of young children must be full-time decoders and detectives. Children lack the ability to communicate abstract thoughts and ideas, leaving parents to fill in the gaps to figure out what their child wants or needs. That’s why it’s so important for parents to know that children can have panic attacks. At first, it might […]

“Relapse is a part of recovery.” This idiom was recited time and again in the inpatient treatment center where I spent 30 days in January 2008. The other thing I heard a lot was “addiction is a chronic disease.” Meaning that this alcoholism/addiction thing I had wasn’t going anywhere. There were treatments for it, yes, […]

Thinking before we act is something most of us are able to do. After all, rational thought over impulse and decision-making over instinct are what differentiate us humans from other animals. Unfortunately, some people have a hard time resisting certain impulses or behaviors, even destructive or unhealthy ones.

For many people, the winter holidays are truly the “most wonderful time of the year.” For others, this season is absolutely the worst time of year — full of traditional sounds, scents and sentiments that bring up sad memories, old hurts, and triggers for anxiety, depression, addiction and, quite often, trauma and PTSD.

By Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist, Men’s Sexual Addiction Program, The Ranch When John was 10, he heard his father and mother arguing. He protected his younger brother by bringing him into his room to watch TV but John sat on the stairs listening. He heard yelling and things like: “It’s over,” and “I’m […]

Habit reversal training is a method used to treat impulse control disorders. For the last 40 years, habit reversal training has been used to help people who suffer from impulsive nail biting, hair pulling, skin picking and tics, substantially reduce or stop their behavior. In at least one study, treatment with habit reversal training reduced […]

Some people affected by major depression — one of the world’s most common mental health issues — also develop diagnosable symptoms of psychosis, a problem more commonly associated with schizophrenia. The overlapping of these symptoms is sometimes referred to as psychotic depression or psychosis depression. Doctors use a number of methods to test for the […]

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become increasingly more discussed and diagnosed over the past 15 years. This is in large part because more veterans have returned home from war-time activities and experienced major disturbances in their ability to function physically, socially and emotionally.

Everyone knows that depressive disorders wreak havoc on your emotions, but did you know that depression can also impact your cognitive abilities? Making decisions may be more difficult if you’re suffering from depression, and that’s precisely when you need to make decisions about your antidepressant medication.

Not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit this time of year. Depression can strike anyone, even generally cheerful folks, and the stresses of the season can exacerbate existing depression.