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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Posted on February 18th, 2017

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severe mental health condition marked by symptoms such as highly unstable moods and lack of a consistent or stable self-image. People affected by the condition also frequently have additional serious mental health challenges. One of the forms of psychotherapy commonly used to help individuals with BPD is dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT. This treatment uses several techniques to improve control over the volatile, black-or-white emotional responses that often characterize BPD.

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Can You Die From Delirium Tremens?

Posted on February 18th, 2017

Many people who are addicted to alcohol, and wish to stop drinking, feel they can do so “cold turkey” and on their own. However, about one half of all people who have an alcohol dependency suffer from alcohol withdrawal syndrome when they stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be very dangerous if not monitored by a medical professional. Delirium tremens (DTs) is one of the four categories of alcohol withdrawal syndrome that is particularly dangerous, and can be deadly if not treated appropriately. But, what exactly is delirium tremens, and what are appropriate delirium tremens treatments?

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Posted on February 17th, 2017

As a strategy for transcendence rather than coping, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an intriguing option for many people suffering from mental health disorders. Therapists who specialize in ACT believe we all have the potential to live a full and rich life, and that our encounters with depression, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress or other psychological disorders do not have to define us or limit us.

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Why Teen Anxiety Is Growing

Posted on February 17th, 2017

It is estimated that nearly 80% of young people with a diagnosable anxiety disorder don’t receive the proper treatment, such as anti-anxiety drugs combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. According to the Children’s Mental Health Report by the Child Mind Institute, anxiety disorders can begin to show in children as young as 6 years old. If not properly treated right away, anxiety can continue to manifest and carry over into their teenage years.

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of an Alcohol Overdose in Teens?

Posted on February 16th, 2017

An alcohol overdose (i.e., alcohol poisoning) occurs when you consume alcohol at a rate fast enough to severely suppress normal activity in the body’s central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Every year, tens of thousands of teenagers throughout America expose themselves to an overdose risk by participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking. In the short-term, alcohol poisoning can have severe or even fatal consequences for any teen or adult. In addition, teenagers who survive an overdose may experience age-specific brain effects that linger for a lifetime.

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Why Xanax Abuse Is on the Rise

Posted on February 15th, 2017

Recent reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) show that there has been an increase in Xanax abuse in recent years. There are a number of reasons this is happening. Here’s what to look out for.

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When to Plan an Intervention

Posted on February 15th, 2017

Have you ever wondered how to stage an intervention? A&E’s hit T.V. show “Intervention” has featured nearly 200 interventions with addicts and alcoholics nationwide. The show instills both hope and fear, sometimes in the same episode, and might make you question whether it is time to stage one for your own loved one. However, it is difficult to know when it is the proper time to share your concerns with them.

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Warning Signs of Alcoholic Neuropathy

Posted on February 14th, 2017

Alcoholic neuropathy is the name commonly used to describe alcohol-related nerve damage. The condition appears to arise from two partially connected causes: poisoning of nerve tissue caused by excessive alcohol levels and the chronic poor nutrition often found in people affected by alcoholism. Alcohol nerve damage typically occurs gradually over time and presents clear warning signs as it grows worse.

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Stress Management Techniques for OCD

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors. Many stress management techniques can help reduce anxiety and thus reduce the suffering OCD causes. While medications and psychotherapy also play an important role in managing OCD, stress management techniques can help you get through particularly difficult situations and manage your daily ups and downs.

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