A Parent’s Guide to Self-Harm

You can’t imagine your child would hurt herself. And yet you’re seeing disturbing signs. She’s become withdrawn, spending more time than usual in her room. She’s wearing long-sleeve shirts, even in summer. And you’re seeing bloody tissues in the wastebasket. If you suspect self-harm, there are things you can do—and things you shouldn’t do. Self-Harm and Children Self-harm is not …

PTSD: Evaluation and Therapy

Nightmares… avoiding certain streets… becoming easily startled or feeling on edge…   Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can manifest in many ways. The National Center for PTSD defines PTSD as “a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.” Precipitating events can also include sudden …

7 Ways to Get Help When You Feel Alone

At any given moment, at least a third of us feel lonely. As we write this, the social distancing of the COVID-19 pandemic has probably pushed that figure higher.  We can take comfort in knowing that loneliness is not a permanent state. There are many ways to address and alleviate / heal loneliness. But first, let’s explore loneliness itself. The …

Safety Concerns Surrounding Antipsychotic Medications

Antipsychotic medications are used to treat disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In combination with other medications, antipsychotics may also be prescribed to treat the following issues: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) anxiety disorders eating disorders severe depression Antipsychotic Basics Antipsychotic medications are used to manage and relieve symptoms of psychosis such as …

Medication Management During Pregnancy

It’s the dream of every mother—a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby.  If you’re taking medications for your mental health you’re probably wondering whether they will be safe for your developing baby.  The good news is, enough is known about many medications to declare them safe enough for pregnant mothers. Where questions arise, alternative medications and therapies can help secure …

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Depression, Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder

Know the Difference Life events, relationships, job stress, financial or family problems affect us in many ways. Oftentimes these issues can be triggers for anxiety or depression. If these feelings become extremely intense and impact everyday life or our quality of life, it can become very hard to address the issues that prompted these feelings to begin with. Sometimes being …

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Early Mental Health Evaluation: Diagnosing Childhood Mental Health Disorders

Early mental health evaluation in children can be challenging for many reasons—primarily because children may not be able to express themselves clearly. Their vocabulary is somewhat limited. Also, their feelings, emotions and understanding of themselves is evolving. Their cognitive and social skills are not fully developed. Because of these limitations, it is vital that parents and primary caregivers understand the …

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Let’s Talk About Antidepressants

Antidepressants are medicines used to treat a variety of depression and anxiety disorders. Most clinical physicians will use antidepressants to help treat disorders including, but not limited to:  Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  Generalized anxiety disorders  Social anxiety disorder  Obsessive compulsive disorders Childhood bedwetting Bipolar disorder Depression (major depressive disorder) Borderline personality disorder  Prevalence Of Antidepressant Use   Studies suggest that …