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Dealing with Grief

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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What is Dual Diagnosis?

While the term “dual diagnosis” is a broad category of disorders, it can be narrowed down to someone who experiences a mental illness and substance abuse problem at the same time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) refers it as a “co-occurring disorder.” NIH estimates as many

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Managing Anxiety in Seniors

We all recognize that dreaded familiar feeling of anxiety when it wakes us up in the middle of the night or strikes for no apparent reason during the day.  Anxiety manifests itself uniquely in each individual.  For some, anxiety is apparent in sweating; others struggle with headaches

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The Importance of Social Workers in Behavioral Health

March 2017 marks the celebration of National Social Workers Month.  This year’s theme is “Social Workers Stand Up” in honor of the over one half million social workers who provide services across the country. The idea behind this campaign, on behalf of the National Association of Social

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When Should Psychiatric Medicines be Considered?

In some cases, counseling and group therapy simply aren’t enough. Medications may be used in the treatment of mental disorders, and the study of their use is called psychopharmacology. There’s a lot to it; according to the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology, the field involves both what

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Memory and Aging CEU

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Falls May Be Linked to Dementia

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries. It’s more than mere inconvenience; one in five falls causes serious harm, such as a head injury or broken bone. But there’s one more thing that

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Therapy Options for Behavioral Health Patients

According to several studies, therapy options for behavioral health patients may play a stronger, more preventative role in the development of disorders in older adults than otherwise recognized.  Typically, the same behavioral health patients, especially those who are older, would have significantly more symptoms or would be

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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments Can Manage the Symptoms

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have difficulty regulating emotions. They may have severe mood swings, act impulsively and have difficult personal relationships. They can struggle with abandonment—real or perceived—and take dramatic steps to avoid such situations. Recent research has shown that men may be affected just

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Alzheimer’s vs Dementia: What’s the Difference

Sometimes, the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are thrown around interchangeably. But there are distinct differences. Dementia is an umbrella term. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. So Alzheimer’s is dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer’s To get more technical, dementia is a syndrome, not a disease.

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