Trauma-informed care is an all-encompassing approach to mental health issues that can provide more effective and complete healing for the patient. This type of care switches the focus from asking what is wrong with the patient to asking what happened to the patient. Such a subtle language shift can drastically improve patient engagement and health outcomes. It can also lower healthcare costs and reduce the amount of care needed for the patient.
Who Benefits from Trauma-Informed Care?
Patients who have experienced any type of trauma can benefit from trauma-informed care. This approach is... Continue reading →
It is not easy being a teenager. Your body is changing, your hormones have you confused, and you are feeling new things both mentally and physically. Socially, it can be a nightmare for an adolescent, and these stressors can lead to emotional problems, mental health issues, and substance abuse. One in five adolescents has had a serious mental health disorder in their life, and, sadly, suicide is the... Continue reading →
The month of June is national PTSD awareness month. 70% of the U.S. adult population will go through at least one traumatic experience in their lives. Approximately 7-8% of adults will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. This equates to about 8 million adults living with PTSD any given year. It’s something that affects our friends, family, and maybe even ourselves. Knowing exactly what PTSD is, being able... Continue reading →
One of the crippling aspects of depression is that you feel so alone. It is not a usual sadness because of a specific trying event, but an all-encompassing despondency from which you may feel there is no escape.
It is unfortunate, that the stigma is still there despite the fact that as of 2017, 300 million people around the globe have been diagnosed with severe depression. Here are some tips to help you recognize depression and suicidal thoughts, and help yourself or others deal with it... Continue reading →
What is seasonal affective disorder? You may have heard of the “wintertime blues” where a person’s overall mood lowers right along with the overall temperature. This is an example of seasonal depression. It occurs when seasonal changes cause a person to sink in and out of depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms in the Summer
Typically, this disorder occurs during the autumn and winter seasons. But did you know that it also occurs during the sunshiny months of spring and summer... Continue reading →
Our bodies need sleep. If you’ve experienced a sleepless night, you probably spent the next day tired, grumpy, and unmotivated. These symptoms are common after just one night of no sleep. However, going night after night without sleep can have serious effects on your mental health. The three effects listed below are just some of the many problems caused by lack of sleep.
1. Decreased Brain Function
Going just 24 hours without sleep results in poor judgment, impaired coordination, and memory loss. In fact, those who have gone an entire day without sleep... Continue reading →
It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “anxiety attack” and “panic attack” used interchangeably in day-to-day conversation. This stems from the common misconception that anxiety and panic attacks are the same. But how do they really compare?
Physical Impact of Anxiety and Panic Attacks
The reason anxiety attacks and panic attacks are often used interchangeably could be due to the fact that both attacks exhibit very similar physical reactions. Some of the shared reactions include:
- Accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea... Continue reading →
Most of us have a routine that we go through each day. These daily habits help us stay on track and keep us from forgetting items and events, but sometimes these routines can lead to bad mental health habits. What may seem like an innocuous daily habit can actually be increasing your anxiety or depression. Consider these 5 daily habits, and try to eliminate them from your daily regimen.
1. Stop Obsessing About the Past
Whether it’s a bad business meeting that happened that morning, or a sad situation that occurred in your childhood, constantly ruminating about these stressful events will not... Continue reading →
New Year’s resolutions often include some theme of getting fit, working out more, eating better, or generally just being more active. We all rush into these goals with gusto and excitement and that’s good, though often we tend to forget our mental health goals.
When we seek to improve ourselves, seeking to improve mental health should be a top priority. Luckily, most of the physical changes we try to make can benefit and support mental health.
As you begin a new year, here are a few ways to help you improve mental health and gain more confidence in yourself.
1. Be Active
As it is with almost any... Continue reading →
The Holiday Season can be a wonderful time of year. We dedicate time to family, friends, charity, and celebration. For many of us, though, putting on a happy face during this time of year can be difficult. Holiday depression syndrome is a very real issue that affects many of us. It can be hard for other people to understand, especially when the season calls for a celebration. Learning how to deal with holiday and post-Christmas depression starts with recognizing its symptoms and how it can affect us.
Depression During the Holidays
The symptoms of holiday depression will vary from person to... Continue reading →