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31. August 2014 05:55
by Cathy England
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understandingthe diagnosisof schizophrenia

Understanding the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

31. August 2014 05:55 by Cathy England | Comments

understandingthe diagnosisof schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is one of the more serious mental health diagnoses, and is possibly one of the more misunderstood illnesses. Individuals with this diagnosis often require very close observation and intensive mental health treatment interventions in order to maintain stability. This summary will explore some of the symptoms of the diagnosis, some of the treatment options, and some of the common misconceptions about the illness. There seem to be varying levels of stigma surrounding mental health issues, and schizophrenia suffers as one of the more stigmatized disorders. [More]

30. August 2014 05:55
by Cathy England
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understanding post traumatic stress disorderin returning combat veterans

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Returning Combat Veterans

30. August 2014 05:55 by Cathy England | Comments

understanding post traumatic stress disorderin returning combat veterans
The United States is currently involved in a number of combat situations in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is increasing awareness among researchers and mental health professionals that there are a number of health and mental health problems that returning veterans are experiencing in their return from combat. Many returning veterans are presenting to medical professionals with emotional distress that is primarily being attributed to their experiences in these violent situations. Researchers are beginning to analyze what this means for this demographic, and how to best assist them in navigating the difficulties that they are experiencing. [More]

29. August 2014 05:55
by Casey Truffo
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comingto termswithan abusive childhood

Coming to Terms with an Abusive Childhood

29. August 2014 05:55 by Casey Truffo | Comments

comingto termswithan abusive childhood
There are so many factors that can affect people as adults as the result of growing up in an abusive childhood. There are so many types of abuse and so many different forms of abuse that many times, when these survivors become adults, life may actually be harder for them than when they were children or even when they were survivors. Probably the more common issues that survivors will have as the direct result of being abused as a child are anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also common are trust issues and intimacy issues in adults. [More]

28. August 2014 05:55
by Lisa La Rose
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parentinga childwithan eating disorder from diagnosisto recovery

Parenting a Child with an Eating Disorder: From Diagnosis to Recovery

28. August 2014 05:55 by Lisa La Rose | Comments

parentinga childwithan eating disorder from diagnosisto recovery
These disorders are very dangerous, and must be taken seriously and treated by a professional. As a parent, it can be difficult to know what to do. You want more than anything to help your child, even while you and your family struggle with conflicting emotions, including fear that your child will seriously harm herself, or even die.
These disorders are very dangerous, and must be taken seriously and treated by a professional. As a parent, it can be difficult to know what to do. You want more than anything to help your child, even while you and your family struggle with conflicting emotions, including fear that your child will seriously harm herself, or even die. [More]

27. August 2014 05:55
by Cathy England
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effectively copingwith anxiety

Effectively Coping with Anxiety

27. August 2014 05:55 by Cathy England | Comments

effectively copingwith anxiety
Anxiety is a common mental health concern. It is defined by Endler (1997), as being an emotion that is driven by fear. Anxiety can interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily activities, and can become so invasive in their lives that they may be unable to deal with work or school. When anxiety becomes this much of a problem, it is important to have strategies to decrease the anxiety. [More]

26. August 2014 05:55
by Lisa La Rose
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recognizing obsessive compulsive disorderin childrenand helping them cope

Recognizing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children, and Helping Them Cope

26. August 2014 05:55 by Lisa La Rose | Comments

recognizing obsessive compulsive disorderin childrenand helping them cope
Many of us have heard someone say they “are OCD”. We may have also told someone, “You are so OCD!” Some people do, in fact, have minor characteristics of OCD. They like things tidy, or they like to do things in a certain order and in a particular way. But clinical Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a serious, even debilitating, mental illness for both adults and children. It can create significant distress, and interfere with daily functioning. People with severe symptoms of OCD may find it difficult to work, go to school, or carry out other daily activities. [More]

25. August 2014 05:55
by DeeAnn Visk
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howto best treat childrenwith obsessive compulsive disorder

How to Best Treat Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

25. August 2014 05:55 by DeeAnn Visk | Comments

howto best treat childrenwith obsessive compulsive disorder
What is the best way to help children from aged five to eight with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? A recent study from Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island offers an interesting insight. Researcher there found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy is beneficial. They found that developmentally sensitive family-based treatment that included exposure/response prevention was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in this age group when compared to a structured relaxation program. [More]

24. August 2014 05:55
by Marti Wormuth
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coping with social anxietyand social phobia

Coping With Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

24. August 2014 05:55 by Marti Wormuth | Comments

coping with social anxietyand social phobia
Social anxiety is becoming more and more common in today's world. Every year, millions of people struggle with anxiety disorders and they try to work through them on their own. Social anxiety, or social phobia, is "a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things. [More]

23. August 2014 05:55
by Cathy England
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dissociative identity disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

23. August 2014 05:55 by Cathy England | Comments

dissociative identity disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was formerly known as multiple personality disorder, and remains to this day as one of the most controversial and misunderstood disorders in the Diagnostic Manual. It is a difficult diagnosis to make, and often is more difficult to treat. It has been the topic of many Hollywood productions which gives laypeople an idea that they understand what it is, but as is often the case in movies and media, there is some sensationalism that occurs. It is not a common diagnosis and is only one of the classified dissociative disorders. [More]

22. August 2014 05:55
by Rachel Eddins
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5 waysto improve your body image

5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

22. August 2014 05:55 by Rachel Eddins | Comments

5 waysto improve your body image
It’s summer, time for swimsuit season, sleeveless tops and cool, comfortable clothing. At least it is where I live, in hot and humid Houston, Tx. How is your body image in summer months? We are all bombarded by media messages day after day, but it can certainly increase in the summer months when we’re likely to be more exposed and more self-conscious of our bodies.
It’s summer, time for swimsuit season, sleeveless tops and cool, comfortable clothing. At least it is where I live, in hot and humid Houston, Tx. How is your body image in summer months? We are all bombarded by media messages day after day, but it can certainly increase in the summer months when we’re likely to be more exposed and more self-conscious of our bodies. [More]
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