The term self-medicating refers to attempts to deal with depression, pain (physical or emotional), or intense emotions with the help of drugs (prescription or otherwise), alcohol, and other substances, and without the guidance of a doctor. You don’t have to be diagnosed with a medical condition to self-medicate. You might be self-medicating just as a response to the pressures of everyday life.
At Houston Behavioral Helathcare Hospital, we’ve gathered some information on causes and symptoms of self-medication, including self medicating depression, self medicating anxiety, self... Continue reading →
Have you ever noticed how a brief happy moment can help lighten your mood no matter what you may be dealing with? You may have a friend or two who can always make you smile even in life's darkest moments.
Do you ever feel less stressed at work after taking a break to talk with your favorite co-workers? Or stepped outside after a full day of taking care of the kids to take in some fresh air.
The start of a new school year can be stressful for a variety of reasons. There are social pressures, a pressure to perform, and a million other what ifs? that spiral through a teen’s mind that can lead to back-to-school anxiety. Sometimes, though, it can go beyond your typical case of teen school anxiety and develop into a more serious case of school refusal that goes beyond normal levels of anxiety.
Below, we’ll be addressing common school anxiety symptoms and causes, as well as what to be on the look out for to determine if the issue is more serious.
Common Causes of Back-to-School Anxiety... Continue reading →
A young woman can’t sleep at night because she’s hallucinating. She believes she’s hearing voices in her head telling her to do something she doesn’t want to do, but she just can’t make them stop. The lack of sleep and the anxiety from the hallucinations is causing her to miss classes in college. Her grades are suffering and she feels miserable.
An adult male is found wandering outside his home in the evening, yelling incoherently and at the top of his lungs. His neighbor comes out to check on him and try to calm him down by asking what’s wrong. Soon he starts yelling at her and begins a fit of rage,... Continue reading →
It was a normal school day.
The sun was shining, and groups of fresh-faced high schoolers were streaming into Santa Fe High School in Texas, counting down another day of school before the start of summer.
Some were looking forward to seeing friends and classmates, while others were expecting another boring day of classes.
But what none of the nearly 1,500 students expected was for their 17-year-old classmate, Dmitri Pagourtzis, to walk in with a pump-action shotgun and kill two teachers and eight students — one of them an exchange student from Pakistan.
An additional 13 people were injured in the... Continue reading →
When your back hurts or you get a headache, what do you usually attribute it to?
What about when you get a stomachache, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations?
If you’re like most people, you probably think your issue is due to a physical ailment. That might not be completely accurate, though. Why?
It’s because what you’re experiencing physically could be a result of mental or emotional issues. That’s right – we can have physical symptoms of mental illness.
How is this possible? And how can you tell if your symptoms are of physiological or psychological origins?
Mental Health vs.... Continue reading →
Bipolar disorder in teens is often misdiagnosed.
Since teens' first symptoms are often the same as someone suffering from unipolar depression, they are often mislabeled as depressed or suffering from anxiety.
Many children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are also misdiagnosed as bipolar, and vice versa — adding to the difficulty of getting early treatment.
In addition, the hormonal fluctuations that often accompany adolescence can cause a pattern of behavior that's similar in nature to bipolar disorder.
A hormonal teen can experience mood highs and lows, sometimes within a very... Continue reading →
A certain catch-phrase has made its way out of the recovery community and into the general lexicon.
"He drinks alcohol to self-medicate his depression."
"She picks up heroin to self-medicate her anxiety."
Although people seem to understand that addiction and mental health disorders go together, these conditions are still often treated as separate issues – even in many professional settings.
This is a big mistake.
When someone suffers both chemical dependency and another mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, these are known as co-occurring disorders.
Since symptoms are so... Continue reading →
It’s normal to feel anxious occasionally. When faced with potentially harmful situations or worrying triggers, our “nerves” become the warning signs we need to navigate the dangers around us. A faster heartbeat, sweating, and increased sensitivity are just a few ways our body responds to the increased adrenaline rush in our minds, triggering our need to “fight or flee” from our immediate threat.
But what if you experience these symptoms constantly or intensely - even without a present danger? In modern society, it’s common for our anxieties to revolve around work, money, family, health and other... Continue reading →
Anxiety in Teens: How to Spot it and How to Help
Finding out your teen is dealing with anxiety can be a stressful and frightening experience. Will it go away by itself? Is it going to seriously affect their wellbeing in the long-term? Such questions can come to the forefront when you notice your teen has been acting anxious or exhibiting clear symptoms of anxiety. In this guide, we'll discuss how you can spot the different forms of anxiety, as well as cover what can be done to treat the often disabling symptoms of this common disorder.
How to Spot the Different Types of Anxiety in Teens
Spotting anxiety in teens may be a simple task if they're showing obvious... Continue reading →