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?
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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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 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.