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Month: January 2017

Art Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Art therapy is a holistic, mind- and heart-engaging practice with a proven track record of success in mental health treatment. Counselors with expertise in this form of therapy often recommend it for people struggling with anxiety disorders, and art therapy for anxiety has helped an impressive number of men, women, adolescents and children regain their …

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Physician Burnout: Tips for Achieving Better Work-Life Balance

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program Why Physician Burnout? For most physicians working in clinical practice today, the hours are long and pressure and demands are high. Doctors must constantly balance maintaining strong connections to patients, their colleagues and the modern pace of the …

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Endorphins & Addiction: Using Natural Endorphins to Stay Sober

Euphoria — a feeling of intense happiness or excitement — is something all people crave, and on some level need from time to time. When a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are seeking that intense feeling of joy over and over again. Endorphins are the brain chemical that lead to euphoria. Addictive …

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Women and Shame: Replacing Self-Hatred With Self-Appreciation

By Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C, Executive Director/Clinical Director at Promises Scottsdale Millions of women suffer from shame related to our bodies and physical appearance. We harbor secrets about our perceived shortcomings and we’re triggered at every turn via magazines, movies, social media, family and dominant culture. Cultural ideals of beauty and femininity often …

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Alcohol Poisoning: Symptoms, Treatment and Duration

Alcohol poisoning is the common term for an alcohol overdose. This potentially fatal health crisis occurs when you consume enough alcohol to shut down the function of your body’s central nervous system. Knowledge of the symptoms of alcohol poisoning can potentially save your life or the life of a loved one, friend or stranger. Let’s …

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Addictive Sleeping Medications to Avoid

Sleep medications are prescription and nonprescription treatments designed to help you fall asleep and/or stay asleep for longer periods of time. Most of the common prescription options have the potential to produce dependence/addiction if you take them in large amounts or for extended periods of time. Depending on your situation, you may want to avoid …

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FDA-Approved GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) Medications

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a relatively common form of diagnosable anxiety that triggers outsized or unwarranted worry about a variety of everyday events or situations. Doctors commonly use medications as part of the treatment for this condition. Some of these medications are specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for GAD treatment. …

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Does Alcoholism Cause Sympathetic Nervous System Disorders?

Alcohol is toxic to systems throughout your body, including a part of your nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. If you regularly drink in excessive amounts and develop diagnosable alcoholism, you greatly increase your chances of experiencing serious sympathetic nervous system disorders. When alcohol is the cause of these disorders, doctors refer to the …

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