How to handle a mental health emergency

How to handle a mental health emergency

Friends and family learning to cope with a loved one recently diagnosed with a disorder will naturally want to educate themselves on the condition. Of course, this allows for a better understanding of the individual and the opportunity to assist the patient in appropriately helpful ways. However, there may be more extreme instances when professional assistance is immediately required. Such occurrences will often constitute a mental health emergency and it’s important to know when and how to respond accordingly. Continue reading

Rational emotive behavior therapy vs. cognitive behavioral therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy vs. cognitive behavioral therapy

Mental health and substance abuse disorders are both a result of and the cause of a person’s perception of his or her reality. Emotions such as anger, stress, depression, fatigue and worry are all derived from one’s perceptions of the world around him or her. If the beliefs change and the idea a person has of the world can be altered, his or her everyday life can too. Two of the main forms of therapy that work to help changes people’s thoughts and beliefs to help them deal with mental health disorders and addiction include Rational emotive behavior therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy. Continue reading

What is an adjustment disorder and how do you treat it?

What is an adjustment disorder and how do you treat it?

Abnormal psychological or behavioral symptoms that develop in response to a drastic life-change such as a severe medical condition, a death in the family or a divorce from a spouse could be diagnosed as an adjustment disorder. According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5th Edition, an adjustment disorder (AD) is a stress related illness in which a person isn’t able to emotionally adjust to a change in life for up to six months. Continue reading

Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Suicide rates are harder to gauge because the media usually doesn’t report suicides due to stigma. Another aspect of why suicide statistics are skewed is largely due to the media portraying most of the gun violence in the country as being homicidal, as opposed to suicidal. When suicides are underreported, the urgency of finding a solution to the problem is diluted. Some studies suggest that the underreporting of suicides is also due to social or religious values. Continue reading

Learning about borderline personality disorder and finding help

Learning about borderline personality disorder and finding help

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can cause many problems in a person’s life and is characterized by a pattern of unstable moods, behavior and relationships; many people with BPD also have brief psychotic episodes (NIMH 2014). It is very common for people with BPD to exhibit life-threatening behaviors such as risky substance abuse behaviors, risky sexual behaviors and promiscuity and hostile or aggressive outbursts.This personality disorder is also characterized by several other symptoms including the following: Continue reading

Preventing suicide contagion by changing how suicide is reported

Preventing suicide contagion by changing how suicide is reported

Evidence shows that reporting suicides on national television could have a negative effect on viewers who might be at risk of wanting to end their lives. Acknowledging the old adage, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it” is extremely important to keep in mind when communicating tragic events to the public, especially when there is a growing global concern about mental health. Continue reading

Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is generally defined as having tendencies of unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to compulsive and/or obsessive behaviors or unwanted urges. Not all forms of OCD include both obsessions and compulsions, but instead show a propensity towards either behavior. A person dealing with OCD may exhibit symptoms such as orderliness, counting, checking, following strict routines, washing and cleaning, ritualistic behavior and other signs. Continue reading

The toll of avoidant personality disorder and social isolation

The toll of avoidant personality disorder and social isolation

James Holmes from San Diego, California graduated at the top of his class from the University of California, Riverside in 2010, but was slipping behind in graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver’s Neuroscience Ph.D. graduate program. He was reported to have worked in a socially isolated environment that was considered “isolating drudgery”, where students spend hours by themselves in tiny rooms doing science experiments on rats. He had failed an important exam before buying one of the guns he allegedly used to shoot up the “Dark Knight” theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. Neighbors reported that the young man was constantly isolated. According to an article in Business Insider, the isolated environment where he was working on his Ph.D. program is being considered as a possible cause of how and why he decided to go on a killing spree. Continue reading

The details and treatment of ADHD

The details and treatment of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral condition experienced by many different types of people that causes hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. Due to the symptoms caused by ADHD, everyday routines and responsibilities are often more difficult than normal.

Some theorists hold that there lies a significant difference between childhood ADHD and adulthood ADHD. Most medical professionals would agree that ADHD always begins in childhood and progresses into adulthood. (Jacobs; Wendel 2014) In general, the symptoms that are prominent during childhood can gradually intensify into adulthood. However, there are exceptions to this research, as it’s important to consider the variations of maturity that can strengthen as a child grows, with or without ADHD. Continue reading

How long-term depression may be connected to stroke

How long-term depression may be connected to stroke

Recent scientific research holds that long-term depression can increase the risk of stroke, as certain antidepressants can raise blood pressure and cause hypertension, which is a stroke precursor.

According to epidemiologist Maria Glymour, who led a study at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the former general consensus in regards to depression leading to stroke was that once the depression was treated, the risk of stroke was too. Further research has shown that even after two years of recovery from chronic depression, a person’s risk for stroke is 66 percent higher than it was for somebody who had never experienced depression. Continue reading