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Posted in Mental Health

Substance Abuse, Psychosis Affect Men and Women Differently

Significant numbers of the people in the U.S. dealing with serious substance-related issues also have symptoms of a highly destabilizing mental state called psychosis. Some affected individuals meet the basic criteria used to identify a substance- and mental health-related condition called dual diagnosis. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, researchers from two U.S. universities used a two-year project to compare the gender-based differences in the effects of simultaneous substance problems and psychosis-related symptoms. These researchers identified several such differences that may ultimately affect the course of successful treatment.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Managing PTSD Symptoms While on the Job

People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be bothered by intrusive thoughts about their trauma, experience flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping because of nightmares or become hyper-vigilant so they’re not caught unawares again. These symptoms can make daily life a tremendous challenge. Consider how difficult it could be to make it through a simple workday when PTSD is part of the mix.

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PTSD and Moral Injury

Moral injury is a term mental health professionals use to describe involvement in or exposure to events that violate a person’s preexisting code of moral conduct. Current evidence indicates that the presence of moral injury can potentially increase the chances that a person will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of a seriously traumatic event. This type of psychological injury can also complicate the treatment of existing PTSD symptoms or increase the chances that an affected individual will experience a later recurrence of a treated case of PTSD.

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Posted in Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Treatment Saves Lives

Eating disorders, to those who have never been impacted by one, may seem trivial. It’s about losing weight and wanting to look better, right? The truth is that eating disorders are devastating mental disorders. In fact, anorexia nervosa causes more fatalities than any other psychiatric disorder.

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Report Shows Many with Depression Never Seek Treatment

Depression awareness campaigns in various forms of media have gained traction. One potential consequence of this widespread awareness is that depression’s pervasiveness is often mistaken for a sign that it’s not a serious disorder. Those who are depressed may downplay their symptoms and resist seeking help because they don’t think the issue will be recognized as serious disorder.

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Anorexia More Than a Desire for Thinness

The pressure to be thin in modern society—especially for women—is pervasive and undeniable. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes people to develop an unhealthy obsession with losing weight and being thin, often to the point of becoming dangerously underweight. However, our modern understanding of eating disorders shows us that anorexia is not a social phenomenon resulting from peer and societal pressure to look a certain way. Furthermore, this difficult disease is really about much more than the desire to be thin.

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Posted in Mental Health

Helping a Family Member With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a significant challenge for the person suffering from the illness. This is a condition that will need to be managed long-term and the cycles of ups and downs, especially before the disorder is diagnosed and treated, can be disheartening. However, bipolar disorder never affects only the person directly involved. It always touches the lives of family and friends too. They also will need to avoid discouragement and pace themselves for a long-range support role.

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Posted in Dual Diagnosis

Gambling Addiction Often Co-Occurs With Other Disorders

Oftentimes, when a person shows symptoms of an addiction to something, there are other problems at play in their mind. For the addiction to be treated, the other disorders also need to be addressed.

A webinar that focused on how to counsel the pathological gambler revealed other disorders that often co-exist with a gambling addiction. Dr. Jon Grant, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and supervisor of an outpatient clinic for those with addictive-impulsive disorder, discussed other mental health disorders and other addictions that are associated with gambling addictions and offered ideas on how to treat those individuals.

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When Psychosis Hits Home

Finding out that a loved one has a psychotic disorder can be just as frightening as hearing your medical doctor use the dreaded word “cancer.”  Both types of illness elicit feelings of dread and fear.  In an instant, you know that life is never going to be the same because your whole world has just been turned upside down. 

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