Suicide overall is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24 (The Jason Foundation). Data from the National Vial Statistics System indicates that between 1999 -2014 ages from 45 to 65 years old had the highest increase in suicides. American Society for Suicide Prevention reports approximately 45,000 people die each year of suicide.
As life moves on, difficult circumstances arise that leave many in a state of despair, loneliness, and fear. These feelings often lead to suicidal thoughts if left unaddressed. Below is some helpful information on understanding suicide and ways you can take part in... Continue reading →
It is common to feel anxious now and then, whether it’s before a big test or job interview, or whether you are on an important date.
However, anxiety disorders are another matter. Those who suffer from these mental illnesses experience severe distress that interferes with their daily lives and can keep them from performing everyday tasks.
Anxiety disorders are among one of the most common mental health issues.
Signs and Symptoms
Here are some of the more common anxiety disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People who suffer with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)... Continue reading →
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. There are several methods that have been developed to combat this mental condition, including drugs, therapy, exercise, and diet regimens.
One of the more recent treatments uses emotional support animals for depression in San Antonio, TX. This has been shown to work for many cases of depression.
Advantages of Using an Emotional Support Animal
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As 2019 approaches, it’s time to say goodbye to the past year and embrace the new one. A new year means new opportunities and more potential success, but it also means new problems and new stressors as well.
Here are 5 stress management tips that can help you handle what 2019 has to offer.
Remove Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Removing unhealthy stress management coping mechanisms is just as important as developing healthy ones. Many people turn to food, alcohol or even drugs when they feel stressed about their life situations. Unfortunately, these mechanisms often only serve to make... Continue reading →
Loneliness is a common emotion to experience when living alone or when we feel separated or unsupported by others. Many times, this feeling is transient, a fleeting period that lasts only a short time.
However, sometimes loneliness can become persistent. For some, this persistence can last through the winter holiday season, normally one of the more joyful times of the year. Persistent loneliness can lead to increased health risks, which is why it’s imperative to understand the effects of loneliness on mental health.
The Impact of Loneliness
Despite its surprising success rate for treating depression, many people aren’t familiar with the treatment known as transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.
Yes, the name sounds a little frightening. The truth is, however, TMS is nothing like invasive treatments of the past. In fact, it’s surprisingly safe and effective for resistant depression.
If you or a loved one suffer from depression that’s doesn’t show any signs of improvement from medication or talk therapy, it might be worth considering TMS. Here’s what you need to know.
What Hope is There for Patients with Treatment Resistant Depression... Continue reading →
MST might be a term many civilians are unaware of today but one that veterans are all too familiar with. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until recently that the Veterans Affairs (VA) started to recognize MST and how it causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – let alone offer treatment.
Military sexual trauma is serious, and it affects enlisted soldiers as well as those who have retired. Furthermore, it is one that is underreported, under-treated, and can permanently alter a victim’s life.
If you are the victim of MST and suffer from PTSD, you have options for treatment in and outside of the VA.
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Domestic violence is defined as any type of violence or abuse that occurs in a familial relationship. Generally, it occurs when someone in a position of power tries to control another person such as a partner, spouse, or child. It can also occur in a relationship where people are dating or living together.
Domestic Violence is not Solely Physical
When people hear the word “violence,” they immediately think of physical violence such as hitting and punching. However, domestic violence is much more complicated. Just because a person doesn’t have physical bruises doesn’t mean that they aren’t a victim of... Continue reading →
Mental health issues grow less stigmatized every year, yet personality disorders remain confusing to many people. However, because roughly 10 percent of the adult U.S. population is afflicted with a personality disorder, it is wise to educate oneself on some of the most common personality disorders and their symptoms, as well as options for treatment.
What is a Personality Disorder?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), commonly referred to as the "bible of psychiatry," a personality disorder is "a way of thinking, feeling... Continue reading →
It's not easy to identify mental illness in another person.
Even in adults, it's difficult to know where to draw the line between strange behavior and mental illness.
This is even more true in teenagers. Many parents find themselves wondering "do I have an out-of-control teenager or is this a mental health condition?"
First of all, you aren't alone. The fact that you're here reading this now shows that you are ready to do whatever it takes to get your teen the help he or she might need.
In order to do that, it's important to understand the signs of mental illness versus "... Continue reading →