Posted by: Admin | February 22, 2017

Alcohol and All Ages

Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings as reported by NHTSA and CDC.

Those who drink do because of risk-taking, expectancies, sensitivity and tolerance to alcohol, personality characteristics, psychiatric comorbidity, hereditary factors, and environmental aspects.

Alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted throughout society. people who begin drinking early in life run the risk of developing serious alcohol problems including alcoholism.

Alcohol will continue to be an issue for all ages and groups of people.

Posted by: Admin | February 9, 2017

Life Coaching is all the rage.

These professionals provide the drive and the guidance their clients need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives. They help clients to:

  • Recognize their skills and dreams
  • Refocus their life’s goals
  • Move past challenges that stand in the way of those goals

An effective coach works with the client to help them live a better, richer life-regardless of their type of goals.  Just remember that your coach may be friendly, but they are not your friend.  Your coach is your advocate.  Coaches are experts at the process of changing behavior.  Just remember that coaching is an investment that can produce monetary rewards above and beyond the cost.

Posted by: Admin | January 31, 2017

Marijuana Good or Bad?

Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuan can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better says Laura Borgelt of the University of Colorado.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recoginized or approved the marijauna plant as medicine. So far, researchers have not conducted enough large-scale clinical trials that show that the benefits of the marijuana plant outweigh its risks in patients it is meant to treat.

Marijuana may be smoked, vaporized, eaten or taken as a liquid extract.

The side effects that usually dont last long are: dizziness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, changes in mood, impaired body movement, and euphoria. There are more serioux side effects that include anxiety and psychosis. Long-term effects may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions. Marijuana used during pregnancy is linked to increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems in babies as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Compared to nonusers, heavy marijuana users more often report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental health, poorer physical health, and more relationship problems. Users report less academic and career success. It is also linked to more job absences, accidents, and injuries reported by McCaffrey, Pacula and Ellickson in a study of marijuana use. There also can be withdrawal symptoms of long-term marijauna users.

Posted by: Admin | January 24, 2017

Treatment Available

Extraordinary advances have been made in the treatment of mental illness. Understanding what causes some mental health disorders helps doctors tailor treatment to those disorders. As a result, many mental health disorders can now be treated nearly as successfully as physical disorders.

Psychiatrists are not the only mental health care practitioners trained to treat mental illness. Others include clinical psychologists, advanced practice nurses, social workers, and some pastoral counselors. However, psychiatrists (and psychiatric nurse practitioners in some states) are the only mental health care practitioners licensed to prescribe drugs. Other mental health care practitioners practice psychotherapy primarily. Many primary care doctors and other types of doctors also prescribe drugs to treat mental health disorders.

Nearly 50% of adults experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.  More than half of these people experience moderate to severe symptoms.  Depression is the number one cause of all illnesses that cause disability.  Only about 20% of people who have a mental illness receive professional help.

*Mental Illness in Society


Posted by: Admin | December 27, 2016

Therapy Networking, a social networking site for mental health professionals, is an excellent marketing tool and the site is FREE! It allows you to create your own blog, add video content, articles, network with colleagues and find out what’s happening in private practices like yours all around the country.

Join us online today!

Posted by: Admin | November 14, 2016

Drug Abuse Impact On Society

Drug Abuse Impact on Society

Beyond the negative consequences for the individual that drug abuse and addiction can have for individuals, there is also a significant impact on society at large. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually. This includes approximately $193 billion for illicit drugs, $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol. As staggering as these numbers are, they do not fully describe the breadth of destructive public health and safety implications of drug abuse and addiction, such as family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Posted by: Admin | September 13, 2016

Depression in Women

Depressive illnesses are serious medical illnesses that affect more than 19 million American adults age 18 and over each year.  Depression is a treatable medical illness that can occur in any woman, at any time, and for various reasons regardless of age, race, or income.

  • Approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • Depression occurs most frequently in women aged 25 to 44.

Many factors in women may contribute to depression, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, genetic and other biological differences.  Social factors may also lead to higher rates of clinical depression among women, including stress from work, family responsibilities, the roles and expectations women and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty.  Women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men.  Girls 14-18 years of age have consistently higher rates of depression than boys in this age group.

Depression in women is misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time.  Fewer than half of the women who experience clinical depression will ever seek care. Depression is a very treatable illness.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255


Posted by: Admin | September 8, 2016

Meaningful Work and Recovery

Meaningful Work and Recovery

Although you will encounter roadblocks and setbacks on the road to recovery, working at something that is meaningful to you can bring you a sense of purpose that will anchor you. Meaningful activity expands your sense of self-worth by adding to your skills and helping you accomplish your personal goals and feel good about yourself. Meaningful activity, which includes school, volunteer work, part-time work and full-time employment, also enables you to meet new people and make friends.

We all need some form of meaningful activity in our lives and a means of supporting ourselves, but having a mental health condition can be an obstacle. Mental health conditions impact different people in various ways. Some people with mental health conditions may never stop working; others find that their condition interrupts their career, and still others may be able to do only limited work.  As people recover from a mental health condition, they also face varied challenges in relation to work. Some people with mental health conditions find that they are able, with minor accommodations, to work in the same way they did before. Others may have to re-enter work gradually. And people on disability benefits will need to observe back-to-work rules when employed.

No matter your situation and no matter the hurdles you face, hold on to your goals for yourself and keep striving to incorporate meaningful activity into your life. In the past, people with mental illness were often discouraged from working, but today we understand that work is not only a possibility, but it can also play a vital role in recovery.

It’s true, however, that having a mental health condition can pose some practical barriers to working, such as having breaks in your career, feeling unsure of yourself, or needing to ask for an accommodation such as time for doctors’ appointments. You can figure out strategies to work around these barriers, often with the help of friends, mentors or an employment specialist.  More information on this topic and others at Mental Health of America website.

Posted by: Admin | September 1, 2016

What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?

Drugs are chemicals that tap into the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. There are at least two ways that drugs cause this disruption: by imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers and/or by overstimulating the “reward circuit” of the brain.

Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, have a similar structure to chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are naturally produced by the brain. This similarity allows the drugs to “fool” the brain’s receptors and activate nerve cells to send abnormal messages. Other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters or to prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals, which is needed to shut off the signal between neurons. This disruption produces a greatly amplified message that ultimately disrupts normal communication patterns.

Nearly all drugs, directly or indirectly, target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that control movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this system, which normally responds to natural behaviors that are linked to survival (eating, spending time with loved ones, etc), produces euphoric effects in response to the drugs. This reaction sets in motion a pattern that “teaches” people to repeat the behavior of abusing drugs.

As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the dopamine surges by producing less dopamine or reducing the number of dopamine receptors. The user must therefore keep abusing drugs to bring his or her dopamine function back to ”normal” or use more drugs to achieve a dopamine high.

Long-term drug abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits, as well. Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision-making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Together, these changes can drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively —  in other words, to become addicted to drugs. This information is reported by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Posted by: Admin | August 25, 2016

Top 5 Benefits of Blogging for your Small Business:

1.Helps establish credibility and you can show off your expertise and knowledge
2.Promote yourself or your business, product or service – build brand awareness
3.Build a platform & a following – sharing your blog posts on social media gives people a reason to follow you
4.Share opinions, how-to, reviews, advice – help solve peoples’ problems
5.Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – it’s the fresh content that Google is looking for
6.Drive traffic to your website which in turn helps build your email list and
generate qualified leads

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