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 →
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. There are often many events to plan, coupled with the pressure to make sure these events go well. The holidays are also marketed as one of the happiest times of the year.
All of this can result in feeling overwhelmed, anxious and depressed, and can even rekindle feelings of loss and loneliness for those who have lost loved ones. People afflicted with these feelings during the holidays need to take extra care to tend to their mental health.
Here are three tips to help you maintain your mental health this holiday season:
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One of the most common issues that many seniors deal with day to day is loneliness or feelings of isolation. This is often seen in elderly individuals who have recently lost their spouse or those who live at home alone. But senior loneliness can also be a reoccurring issue for those who live with their children or other family members.
It’s normal to feel lonely every now and then especially if you live alone or don’t have the chance to socialize with others often. But ongoing feelings of elderly loneliness and depression in seniors can sometimes be a sign of an underlying mental illness or disorder.
The... Continue reading →
Many people associate addiction as a problem primarily found in younger people. With drug and alcohol PSAs all over schools and youth television programs, it would appear that the main victims of addiction are children and teens. However, this is not the case. Addiction can affect anyone, even people we would least expect, including the elderly.
In reality, senior citizens are just as likely to develop an addiction as easily as anyone else. In recent years, studies have found that Baby Boomers are turning to drugs and alcohol more... Continue reading →
Although suicide in elementary school children is rare, it's still a far too common cause of death among children ages 5 to 12.
Unfortunately, the numbers don't get any better once children reach their pre-teen and teen years.
Many factors contribute to suicidal thoughts in children and teens but bullying and suicide appear to show a very common link.
Bullying and Suicide Statistics
According to a study by the... Continue reading →
When most people think of PTSD, they usually imagine Army veterans returning from close-quarters combat or refugees fleeing warzones.
But not all trauma is as blatant as war.
Domestically, first responders face intense trauma on a regular basis.
The truth is:
PTSD in first responders is remarkably common but unfortunately, it's not discussed nearly as often.
The recent Vegas shooting forced this discussion into the forefront of public discourse – not only for the survivors, but also PTSD treatment for first responders.
Intense stigma still exists within the first responder community which makes it... Continue reading →
In the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas, Nevada shooting, local Las Vegas residents may still find it difficult to adjust to routines of regular life. It’s normal for members of a community to struggle to understand the reality or context of a mass shooting: it may feel as if you’re entire life has changed, become less safe. Survivors of mass shootings know better than most that even if the news cycle changes, the uneasy feeling in the air may not. You may feel sudden or intense feelings of anguish, grief, or guilt - but what if you’re still feeling these or other intense emotions months after the fact?... Continue reading →
Few people realize that senior mental health issues are actually treatable. This is often the result of the stereotypical stigma placed on the aging, blaming dementia for everything from depression to periodic bouts of absentmindedness. As a result, many myths have arisen, which have been the underlying reason why more of our older adults have failed to get the treatment they need to live the quality of life they deserve. Here are five of the most common myths surrounding senior mental health.
Myth #1: Senility (Dementia) Is a Normal Part of Aging
People suffering from depression don’t always appear mopey or downtrodden. In fact, there are some sufferers of depression who do a pretty good job of hiding their feelings from others. Mental Health Awareness Month is all about spreading the word, helping friends who may be in need, and learning what you should do if you are having a mental health issue. There are various ways that counselors and therapists can help people with mental health problems. Sometimes going to counseling is enough to make you feel better but there’s no shame in needing more intensive help from mental health experts. Learn how you can keep your mental health... Continue reading →