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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
How does calorie and nutritional intake affect your mental health and your career?
Is your busy schedule encouraging you to forego sleep and proper eating habits? Skimping on sleep and failing to get the nutrients you need to keep up with work and social requirements may get you ahead professionally, but the negative physical consequences will eventually outweigh the short-term benefits.
Malnourishment is defined as both too... Continue reading →
It is no secret that stress is one of the top complaints of adults—old and young—in the United States. The physical effects of prolonged stress are numerous, including a greater susceptibility to illness, a lack of energy, problems with sleep, headaches, poor judgment, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and a host of other ills. Many people blame prolonged stress for their inability to maintain healthy relationships with family and friends.
So it stands to reason that we need some way to relieve the constant pressure, but, for the most part, we haven’t done a very good job of it. In order to relieve stress, we need to know what is causing it. Further, we need solutions in order to help all of us learn to reduce both the stressors and the... Continue reading →