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5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Mental Health Treatment

We see and hear about it all the time. When wrestling with issues from addiction to depression to PTSD and beyond, people tend to think mental health care is purely prescriptive: medication, talk therapy and so on. However, remaining engaged for the entire process is key to experiencing real progress and healing. This means practicing ...

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Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

The onset of serious psychotic symptoms was sudden and dramatic for George, a 51-year old man living with schizoaffective disorder.   In George’s reality, a mental “Star Chamber” was holding him on trial for crimes too terrible to fathom. These fantasies left him wandering the streets shouting at unseen forces out to destroy him. Due ...

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Mental Health Mythbusting

In the more than seven decades since the first observance of Mental Health Month, stigma surrounding mental health issues has greatly reduced; however, misconceptions and misinformation still exist. It is vital for the one in five Americans who live with mental health conditions that we debunk mental health myths that persist. I asked some of ...

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Three Ways Elected Leaders Can Change Healthcare

We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960s as a result of overdoses and suicides. This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities, and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70% of employers reported their business had been affected by ...

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Living in Uncertain Times: Coping With a New “Normal”

Stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. We are living in an uncertain time where stress is common and can be perceived as uncontrollable. It is nearly impossible to go through one day without hearing alarming information on the news about national security concerns, terrorism or disaster. We are reminded often that it ...

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Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider our mental health along with physical health and recognize how they impact each other. Mental health is more ...

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Changing Health Care for the Better

Leaders on Capitol Hill are, once again, poised to turn their attention to health care reform. While headlines about repeal and replace have garnered the most attention, this discussion goes beyond the fate of the Affordable Care Act.  We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us to strengthen health care for the future and create ...

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The Greatest Gift

Imagine a gift that can increase self-esteem, reduce stress, and can be given to anybody. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions.  This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall, or within the catalogs mounting in your mailbox.  It is not something that fits ...

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Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). For individuals with OCD, worries, doubts and superstitious beliefs are common in everyday life. Some people can be methodical, precise and value order and cleanliness, but not have OCD. People with OCD suffer from intrusive and unwanted thoughts ...

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Recognizing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This time of year when the weather is cold, wet and dreary, there are many days when we’d like to pull the covers back over our heads and stay in bed, rather than get out and face the day. We often loosely blame the winter months for sapping our energy, leaving us tired, irritable and ...