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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and in some cases life-threatening disorder characterized by re-experiencing traumatic events, changes in mood, severe anxiety, avoidance of triggers and intrusive memories. PTSD therapy may include medications and psychotherapy aimed at staying present and managing your symptoms. But for the spouse or partner of a person suffering from […]

By Jennifer Payne Guarino, LMFT, CSAT, Primary Therapist at The Ranch Popular songs have been telling us for a very long time that love can be like a drug. Love and/or sexual fantasies create a surge in the brain chemical dopamine. The rush of dopamine results in natural, neurochemically based, feelings of pleasure. When any pleasurable […]

Researchers may finally have an answer to what’s been a never-ending chicken-and-egg debate: Are you suffering from insomnia because you’re depressed, or are you depressed because you’re suffering from insomnia?

Eating Disorders Anonymous is a nonprofit, self-help organization that was founded more than 70 years ago. Eating Disorders Anonymous is based on the 12-step structure of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. Many people find that attending Eating Disorders Anonymous meetings is an effective way of treating an eating disorder or […]

Everyone has sexual urges, desires and fantasies. They are a normal part of being human. But when these urges and thoughts turn into preoccupations and compulsions that interfere with daily life, they enter the zone of hypersexual disorders and sex addiction. Hypersexual behavior can manifest in both men and women in a number of ways. […]

If someone you know suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), a men’s treatment center may be able to offer psychotherapy and other services that can make a difference in their lives. Unfortunately, most men who could and should be diagnosed with NPD never are, simply because they are not self-aware enough to see the problem […]

Hypomania vs. Mania

September 14, 2017 Articles

Bipolar disorder has four different forms, each with varying signs of mania and depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder causes: Noticeable mood shifts Changes in energy and activity levels Inability to carry out everyday tasks

Many people still think of hypnosis as a magic trick in a Las Vegas lounge act. But hypnosis today is a widely accepted therapeutic approach that has many important uses in psychology and medicine. It’s used to ease childbirth, to help with medical conditions and even help calm children who are about to have surgery. […]

By Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist, Men’s Sexual Addiction Program, The Ranch As a recovering addict, I understand what men go through in their journey to free themselves of addiction. I also know that comradery among men in rehab is an important part of the process of healing. Men, left to their own devices, […]

In most cases, depression, or “major depressive disorder” (MDD), is treated with antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Sometimes, however, a mood stabilizer for depression is recommended. It can be difficult to find the right combination of medications to provide maximum relief from your symptoms, while minimizing any side effects. Other medications that might be recommended for […]