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Understanding Anxiety: What’s Normal and What’s Not

January 9, 2018 Posted in: Announcement

Anxiety

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 →

How to Identify Anxiety in Teens

December 1, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

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 →

Bullying and Depression: The Long-term Effects on Kids and Teens

October 24, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

We all know that bullying can leave our children with bumps and bruises. But the effects of bullying can last for many years and can cause serious issues into adolescence and even adulthood. Bullying and depression often go hand in hand. Anyone can be affected by bullying and it often happens in school, online, and in the workplace. In today’s fast-paced world, bullying can occur just about anywhere. The rise of the internet has given bullies a new way to torment their victims- cyberbullying- and the results are sometimes tragic. As we will learn below, suicide brought on by the effects of bullying is a growing trend of concern. Here we... Continue reading →

Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Houston, Hospital Overcomes

October 2, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

To many, Hurricane Harvey will be the most destructive hurricane they have endured, to others it is one in a long line of climatic weather situations that you face when you live in the Gulf Coast region. For Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Hurricane Harvey meant that a team of over 30 people would have to leave their families and make the hospital their new home. No one is truly ready to take on a category 5 hurricane, but with the right preparation and people you can guarantee a more successful outcome.

“When you are in a leadership position you have to count on the tremendous dedication of your team in order to survive situations like a... Continue reading →

Opioid Abuse in Texas – A Growing Epidemic

September 7, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Opioid abuse isn’t just a nationwide problem; it’s a local problem that is affecting more and more Texans every year. Opioids were responsible for over 33,000 deaths in 2015, having more than quadrupled since 1999, and that number continues to climb. In an effort to halt the epidemic, President Trump recently declared opioid abuse an emergency in the U.S., giving agencies more resources to combat the problem.

Texans are among those battling opioid addiction, and are increasingly losing the fight. As a result, both Texas and the rest of the U.S. are boosting their abilities to quell the epidemic, including... Continue reading →

The Truth about Synthetic Drugs

November 1, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

What are Synthetic Drugs?

Synthetic drugs are manufactured from chemicals and dried plant matter in order to mimic their natural counterparts. You may already be familiar with the names of some synthetic drugs like methamphetamine (meth), PCP, and ecstasy, all of which are cooked up in a lab. The new generation of synthetic drugs seeks to mimic the high a user would get from smoking or ingesting marijuana, called “potpourri,” or “incense,” with brand names like Spice, K2, or Genie; or the amphetamine-like effects of the khat plant in synthetic cathinones, called “bath salts,” sold as Purple Wave, Ocean Burst, Vanilla Sky, and other brand... Continue reading →

The Government’s Role in Keeping the Mentally Ill out of Prison

October 6, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

Keeping the Mentally Ill Out of Prison

The importance of getting proper treatment for mental health disorders cannot be overstated. Not only does it provide relief for the afflicted, but it also eases the challenges facing the person’s loved ones. Everyone dealing with mental illness deserves adequate care – but not everyone gets it.

All over the country, prison inmates with serious psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and PTSD, are not getting the treatment they need. For some, it was their disorder that landed them in a cell in the first place, as being in the wrong state of mind led them to make poor behavioral decisions.

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Understanding Synthetic Drugs: Types, Dangers, and Treatment

August 25, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

If you live in the Houston area, you may remember the May 2016 news story about the synthetic drug bust. One of the 16 people charged was a finance professor at the University of Houston. A month later, a dozen people at Hermann Park were taken to the hospital. These people were reported as having “altered states of mind,” walking around the park at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Incidents like this aren’t unique to... Continue reading →

Drug Treatments for Mental Health Illnesses

March 30, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

1 in 5 Americans Will Be Affected by Mental Illness This Year

Summary: Living with a mental illness can seem complicated. A person's normal daily activities may become more difficult, relationships can be affected, and finding treatment can seem challenging.

But 1 in 5 Americans – almost 20 percent – experience a mental illness in any given year, according to data collected from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2014.  Those illnesses range in type and severity, affecting both men and women and both adults and children, and the NSDUH statistics included depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders,... Continue reading →

Working Effectively with Introverts, Extroverts, and Ambiverts

October 5, 2015 Posted in: Announcement

There are different personalities everywhere you go. Anywhere you work, whether it’s as a volunteer at a literacy center, at a restaurant, at a call center, or in an office, you will need to work with different personality types. The Meyers-Briggs personality test defines 16 distinct personality types. However, one of the biggest distinguishing features between the types that you’ll notice in the workplace is in the level of extraversion or introversion. Some are introverts, some extroverts,... Continue reading →

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