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Psychoeducation for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a highly disruptive form of mental illness known for its ability to trigger psychosis, a state most commonly marked by delusional thought patterns and sensory hallucinations. Doctors often face tremendous challenges in treating this illness. Part of the problem stems from the fact that many people with schizophrenia don’t really understand their condition …

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Polysubstance Abuse: Challenges to This Diagnosis

Polysubstance intake occurs whenever you take more than one mind-altering substance simultaneously, or within the same general span of time. Doctors and public health professionals also refer to this practice as polysubstance abuse or polydrug abuse. It can be hard to accurately diagnose the presence of combined substance problems. Part of this difficulty stems from …

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Non-Habit-Forming Pain Management for Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral nervous system disorder is a term to describe damage to nerves that exists outside the spinal cord and brain, otherwise known as the central nervous system (CNS). There are a vast number of nerves outside the CNS including: The nerves of the head, face, eyes, nose and ears The nerves of muscles and the …

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Neurofeedback for Depression

Depression is the general term for a group of separate but related mental illnesses, although most people associate the word with one specific condition: major depressive disorder or major depression. Doctors and researchers continually explore new and improved methods of combating this condition, which affects millions of Americans. One new approach to depression treatment is …

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The Social Stigma of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a brutal and debilitating illness that affects people who have experienced traumas of all types — from combat veterans, and rape survivors, to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. Overcoming the symptoms of PTSD (anxiety, flashbacks and re-experiencing, among others) is difficult enough, but the social stigma of …

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The Difference Between Numbing And Coping

When you think about the word “sobriety,” what comes to mind? For many people, the concept of sobriety is firmly planted in visions of a life free from substance abuse. However, this impression only addresses one aspect of sobriety, physical sobriety, where the body is rid of substances and the physiological effects of drugs and …

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How Person-Centered Therapy Provides a Safe Space to Explore Addiction

By Jana Albright, MA, CATC-IV Primary Therapist, Promises Malibu Whether a person makes the choice to enter addiction treatment on their own, or the choice has been made for them by loved ones or an employer, the experience can be transformative with the guidance of a trained therapist. There are many therapeutic modalities used in …

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Managing the Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder and Relationships

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program Do you love a person with bipolar disorder? Do you suffer from this mental health condition yourself? If so, you likely have found that navigating relationships can be a roller coaster ride. For those who suffer from bipolar …

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Psychodrama for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of mental health conditions that includes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Roughly 30 million Americans will develop the symptoms of one of these conditions at one time or another. Decades of research indicate that you can potentially ease the symptoms of an eating disorder with the help …

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