Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious condition many people are unfortunate to have to face, especially veterans. Although the ratio of veterans that experience PTSD has fluctuated over the years, the number remains quite significant.
Currently, about 11-20 out of every 100 veterans that served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom experience PTSD in a given year. With the number of veterans that return home with PTSD, it is more important than ever to learn how to identify PTSD in veterans.
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The holidays can be a blur of visiting, shopping, wrapping, and baking, and sometimes the stress of it all can lead to the holiday blues. With some reflection and planning, you can handle those holiday blues and, perhaps, even genuinely enjoy the holidays! Here are some ideas on how you can handle the holiday blues.
Start a Hobby
Try something new, something you’ve always wanted to do, or pick up an old hobby that you haven’t allowed yourself the time to enjoy. This can give you the “me” time you need. Try to optimize this time by telling others that you need to be left alone so you can focus... Continue reading →
According to a study by the World Health Organization in 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-29. Suicide is a complicated topic that has caused devastation in the lives of many families. It’s important to understand the warning signs of suicide in order to seek proper help. Demonstrating suicide prevention awareness can help save the lives of those suffering from suicidal thoughts.
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The psychological effects of bullying are often overlooked, despite how frequently acts of bullying occur in schools and over the internet. It’s a hard topic to bring up, let alone define, as individual experiences with bullying are complicated and difficult to address. But that does not mean that the reality of its damage to the mind disappears. Here are three facts about bullying and its effects that may surprise you.
Childhood Bullying Causes Problems Into Adulthood
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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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