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Panic Disorders in Men

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Men and women experience substance abuse and mental health conditions differently, which is why many men’s treatment centers are opening around the country. Men’s treatment centers can provide specialized care for experiences that are unique to men and boys. Here’s what you need to know about how panic disorders affect men differently than women.

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Sex Addiction in Men

Posted on September 21st, 2017

In today’s society, participating in sexual gratification is widely available and accepted. But when a man is compelled to continually give in to sexual impulses and to treat sex as a method of escaping from the stress of life, he may have a problem with sex addiction. Like other forms of addiction, sex addiction can be difficult to overcome without help.

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Can You Recover From Liver Failure From Alcohol?

Posted on September 20th, 2017

Liver failure occurs whenever your liver loses at least some of its ability to perform its normal, life-sustaining functions. One of the well-recognized potential causes of this extremely serious condition is prolonged, heavy alcohol consumption. Once liver failure from alcohol intake or any other source sets in, you can’t recover the full health of the organ. However, if you quit drinking and damage hasn’t advanced past a certain point, your doctor may be able to limit progression of the condition and help you avoid the need for a liver transplant.

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Eating Disorders in Men

Posted on September 19th, 2017

Eating disorders are a group of serious, potentially life-threatening mental health conditions normally associated with women. It’s true that women represent a large majority of those affected. However, a significant percentage of men also experience symptoms of eating disorders and require assistance in some type of men’s treatment center.

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Weight Loss Surgery and Alcohol Problems

Posted on September 18th, 2017

Does weight loss surgery lead to alcoholism? Researchers have found that one in five people who undergoes bariatric surgery for weight loss develops problems with alcohol dependency and abuse. In some cases, patients don’t show symptoms of alcoholism until years after their weight-loss surgery, but the research indicates that alcohol use disorders may be triggered or exacerbated by these procedures, particularly in people who are at high risk for alcohol abuse.

In one of the longest-running U.S. studies of adults receiving weight-loss surgeries, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and gastric banding procedures, scientists found that among the 2,000 patients studied over a seven-year post-surgery period, a significant number developed problems with alcohol. They found that more than 20% of RYGB patients developed an alcohol use disorder within five years of surgery, and roughly 11.3% of gastric banding patients developed these problems in that time period.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Men

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Anyone exposed to a highly traumatic situation with the potential to cause injury or death can develop diagnosable symptoms of the mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. However, for a number of reasons, men have PTSD risks that differ from those found in women. In addition, men who develop the disorder can experience symptoms that differ from those found in their female counterparts. This fact makes a men’s treatment center a possible option for effective PTSD care for men.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Men

Posted on September 13th, 2017

Men’s treatment centers across the United States are beginning to pay special attention to obsessive compulsive disorder. In recent years, researchers and mental health professionals have turned their focus to understanding and finding effective treatment options for people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, also known as OCD.

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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome: What You Should Know

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop using an addictive substance — whether it is alcohol, a prescription medication or an illicit drug — can range from being uncomfortable to excruciatingly painful and debilitating, or even deadly.

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a category of drugs that can lead to particularly troublesome and potentially serious symptoms during the withdrawal process. Benzodiazepines are a type of medication typically prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia or seizures, and are sold as generics and also under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Restoril and Klonopin.

Withdrawal from this type of medication can be so difficult and potentially dangerous that the process has its own name: benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, or benzo withdrawal syndrome.

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Pregnant Woman Dies of Heroin Overdose

Posted on September 6th, 2017

“You suffer the rest of your life, you fight the rest of your life, and there’s only a few ways out of it: jails, institutions or death.”

This is what Isaac Brello says about how heroin addiction overtakes you and rules your life at the cost of everything else — and he should know. His partner, Samantha Neuhoff, a pregnant heroin addict, died of an overdose on May 12, 2017, just a couple of months shy of giving birth to their child.

It’s overstating the obvious to say that pregnancy and heroin don’t mix, and Neuhoff knew this. She had been struggling to stay clean throughout her pregnancy, and had finally decided to seek professional help and undergo addiction treatment. She succumbed to the power of her heroin addiction just a few days before she was scheduled to enter rehab.

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‘Wet Brain’: Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Posted on September 5th, 2017

One of the saddest sights for any of us to see is someone who is staggering along the street, apparently drunk and out of control.  We worry that person might fall and injure themselves and we fear for our own safety because, clearly, this person has had a lot to drink.

What many people do not realize is that the behavior of this individual is not from just a few drinks at the pub. It could be a sign of an acute alcohol-related condition known as “wet brain,” also identified as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

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10 Ways to Thank Your Loved Ones for Supporting Your Addiction Recovery

Posted on September 1st, 2017

When lost to addiction, you often hurt the ones you love. In recovery and aftercare programs, you will have the chance to show thanks to those who stood by you. Not only can it bolster your relationships with others, but it can also improve your relationship with yourself.

“Addiction, at its core, is a constant perception of unmet needs, so being appreciative or grateful is a foundational shift that opens the door to new, positive emotional experiences,” says Kenneth England, LMFT, primary therapist at Promises drug and alcohol rehab. “The process of thanking people who care can help in their healing and yours.”

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Penn State Fraternity Hazing & Binge Drinking

Posted on August 31st, 2017

Was it murder, or a tragic accident?

A judge and grand jury have to determine the answer to this question after 19-year-old college student Timothy Piazza died in February 2017 following a night of binge drinking as part of a ritual in a Penn State fraternity hazing. Binge drinking at the Beta Theta Pi frat house involved a ritual called “the gauntlet,” in which Piazza and other fraternity pledges had to guzzle large amounts of alcohol — wine, vodka and beer — at a series of stations.

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Dependent Personality Disorder in Men

Posted on August 30th, 2017

By Cynthia Sass (byline)

Dependent Personality Disorder is characterized as an excessive reliance on another person to satisfy one’s own emotional and physical needs. There is an overwhelming desire to be taken care of and, essentially, to be told what to do and how to feel about even the simplest things.

Making everyday decisions are extremely difficult for people with Dependent Personality Disorder, unless they get vast amounts of reassurance and guidance from a partner. However, simply being submissive and needy in a relationship is not enough to mean that an individual suffers from Dependent Personality Disorder. The behavior is not considered a disorder unless it is pervasive, has persisted for a long duration (since adolescence or young adulthood), and causes impairment in important areas of life, such as relationships, work or school.

The onset of Dependent Personality Disorder tends to happen in young adulthood and can affect both men and women. Although a men’s treatment center could provide needed assistance, many men with Dependent Personality Disorder do not seek help. Additionally, Dependent Personality Disorder in men might be underdiagnosed.

Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder

To be diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition, an individual must exhibit a persistent and excessive need to be taken care of, resulting in submissiveness and clinging, as seen through five or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of guidance and reassurance from someone else
  • Requiring someone else to be responsible for important aspects of life
  • Trouble disagreeing with others, fearing alienation
  • Problems initiating projects due to lack of confidence in judgment and abilities
  • Willingness to go to great lengths, even doing extremely unpleasant tasks or making great sacrifices, to get support and approval from someone else
  • Feeling helpless and uneasy when alone, fearing an inability to care for self
  • Intense desire to replace a relationship that has ended with a new relationship and someone who will provide care and support
  • Obsessive fear of being left alone to take care of self

Does Dependent Personality Disorder Affect Men and Women Differently?

Dependent Personality Disorder does not appear to affect men and women differently, but it is diagnosed in women more than men. Men also are less likely to seek help from a men’s treatment center for Dependent Personality Disorder. Some researchers believe that gender bias may account for the disparity in diagnoses and treatment. The idea is that social roles have conditioned men and women to manifest personality traits in different ways. And, society tends to view those manifestations as either feminine or masculine. Thus, while men and women may both exhibit dependent behaviors, women tend to express dependence as submissiveness and neediness.

On the other hand, men tend to be more self-effacing and clingy in ways that could be perceived as aggressive, simply because they are male. Studies have shown that doctors may assign personality disorders, where symptoms are typically viewed as socially feminine, to females while overlooking the same symptoms in males. The result is that men generally are not diagnosed with conditions like Dependent Personality Disorder unless the symptoms are unusually pronounced.

In a nutshell, because symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder are considered feminine by definition, they are attributed more often to women than to men.

Treatment

Men who suffer from Dependent Personality Disorder can find help at a men’s treatment center that deals with personality disorders. Treatment for Dependent Personality Disorder generally includes cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy and, in some cases, medication.

Sources

http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=wupjThe Existence, Causes and Solutions of Gender Bias in the Diagnosis of Personality Disorders

https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/dependent-personality-disorder – Dependent Personality Disorder

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4364134/pdf/nihms670459.pdfGENDER ROLE AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK144297/ – 4Working With Specific Populations of Men in Behavioral Health Settings

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Lessons From Celebs You May Not Know Battled Addiction

Posted on August 29th, 2017

“Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the ****ing mouth.

— Comedian Rob Delaney

Celebrities have no special powers when it comes to battling drug addiction. But those with star power like writer and comedian Rob Delaney, who got sober 15 years ago, have a platform we mere mortals will never be able to leverage to help individuals who are struggling with addiction.

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