Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that pops up around the same time every year. It is often associated with winter and a lack of sunlight, but Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms can actually show up in any season. Though less common than the winter months, it is possible to have SAD in the summer. It usually begins in late spring to early summer and begins tapering off in early fall.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms
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PTSD can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after someone has either personally or tangentially experienced a traumatic event that involves death or threat of death, serious injury or threat of serious injury, or sexual violation.
The symptoms of PTSD can be present immediately, or they can remain dormant and appear months or even years later. Learn more about this sometimes debilitating condition during PTSD Awareness Month throughout the... Continue reading →
Too often, people who are struggling with mental illness or a mental health disorder feel so very alone. The fact is, most people are not suffering alone; their loved ones are suffering along with them.
You are also not alone in your recovery—Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is here to help. Join us and reach out during May, Mental Health Awareness Month.
What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
In 1949, May was designated by Mental Health America as Mental Health Month or Mental Health Awareness month.... Continue reading →
When you are dealing with a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem, you often feel very alone, but you are not: 10% of people in the U.S. have experienced substance use disorder; this translates into approximately 23 million people.
Suicide is a tragedy that affects many people, from those at risk to the people in their lives. Just as everyone in the life of someone at risk of suicide is affected by it, each person can also play a role in helping to prevent it. Suicide is not inevitable. It is often the culmination of a longer process that displays warning signs to the people around. It can also be a sudden act, so working to mitigate risk factors can help.
Knowing Risk Factors Can Help Increase Suicide Awareness
It can be hard for us to even consider suicide as a possibility for someone we love. However, knowing the risk factors can help... Continue reading →
Promoting mental wellness among young people is a critical issue and top priority for parents, teachers, and others involved in their lives. Identifying areas associated with mental wellness that each individual can strengthen is key to maintaining strong lifelong mental health. This is especially important for teens and adolescents or any individuals who tend to have more difficulty coping with life’s challenges.
Teen Mental Health
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Millions struggle from the difficulties of living with mental health issues. For those who suffer from depression, PTSD, or anxiety, it can be challenging to find mental health treatment solutions that help. Animal-assisted or pet therapy is becoming a widely used treatment solution for those who suffer from mental health issues.
The benefits of pet therapy vary from person to person and should only be considered with the help of a licensed medical professional. If you think pet therapy could be useful to you or someone you know, consider the following.
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Living a life with mental health issues isn’t easy, and anyone who suffers from a mental health issue can attest to that. However, if you suffer from a condition that relates to your mental health and is looking for a change, there are choices you can make today that can help improve your overall well-being.
Whether it’s diet or implementing other lifestyle choices, healthy choices can be made from home. Food for mental health is a widely discussed topic because it may help with those issues. Here are three of the best foods for mental health wellness.
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Most of us tend to pack our schedules pretty full around the holidays. From family gatherings to parties with friends, we indulge ourselves in more flexible routines and eating habits. Unfortunately, these festivities can create relapse triggers for adults and adolescents who are recovering from substance abuse.
The holidays are meant to be light and joyful, but what seems like fun to some guests could be relapse triggers for others.
- Family Gatherings – For those who have lost loved ones, the holidays can bring feelings of loneliness, one of the most common substance... Continue reading →
The holiday season is a time for celebration, at least for some people. Often, the inability to find joy during the holiday season lurks inside some. This mental barrier is also known as the holiday blues. Holiday blues can affect older people, parents whose children live far away, or a single individual who can’t make it home to see their family.
Beating the holiday blues is tough, but not unrealistic. At Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we take mental health seriously. As negative thoughts seep into our minds, it’s important to give thanks for the beauty around us and the... Continue reading →