Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode


Independence Day.  The day we, together as a nation, celebrate our country’s freedom.  Fourth of July activities include enormous town and city celebrations or intimate backyard barbecues, homemade ice cream and the pop, crack and colors of fireworks.  While the explosion of fireworks may be festive for

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Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

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When the Alzheimer’s Association released new figures in 2017 about the disease, one figure stood out: 1. That is the number of diseases in the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States that do not have a cure or prevention—and cannot be slowed. This

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Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

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Abuse of the most vulnerable of society is unthinkable. But when it comes to elders, it is somewhat hidden. There is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse—making it difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is. A study by the National Institute of Justice found

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco Announces Expansion of Services


Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco is pleased to announce the expansion of the behavioral health services offered to the community.  Beginning summer 2017, in addition to the existing inpatient treatments for those 55 and older, Haven will offer services for the 30 to 54 age population. This

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is commonly referred to, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an actual traumatic event or even the potential for a situation causing tremendous physical harm.  Many clinicians who diagnose PTSD refer to traumatic events as ones

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Repeated Head Trauma May Be Cause of Erratic Behavior, Impaired Judgment

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Erratic behavior, balance issues, depression, impaired judgment and other concerns often associated with aging and age-related conditions may actually be due to something else. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is progressive degenerative disease of the brain, resulting from repeated impact to the head. First recognized in boxers, CTE

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Homecare and Behavioral Health

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As the majority of America’s population ages, the need for behavioral health services continues to increase.  Recent data estimates that twenty percent of adults aged 65 and older meet the criteria for a mental disorder, including dementia, so behavioral health is a primary concern for our older

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Self-Medicating for Depression May Hurt Rather Than Help

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It’s true: We all do things now and again to help us feel better. But when a person repeats those behaviors in an attempt to manage depression, improvement may not be the result. Self-medication for depression can take many forms; drugs or alcohol may immediately come to

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Hypomania and Other Bipolar Symptoms May Increase in Spring and Summer


Spring brings allergies, fever—and for those with bipolar disorder, an increased likelihood of an episode. A 2013 research study, published in the journal Bipolar Disorder, found that hospital admissions peaked in the spring for those with bipolar experiencing depression. Those in the mania phase were more likely

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Dealing with Grief

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Any number of situations can cause grief. It may be the loss of a loved one, a job or a relationship. It may be immediate—such as death from an accident—or lingering, such as death from a terminal illness. For some, the grief can be so deep that

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