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Dealing with Grief

Dealing with Grief

Any number of situations can cause grief. It may be the loss of a loved one, a job or a relationship. It may be immediate—such as death from an accident—or lingering, such as death from a terminal illness. For some, the grief can be so deep that

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

While the term “dual diagnosis” is a broad category of disorders, it can be narrowed down to someone who experiences a mental illness and substance abuse problem at the same time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) refers it as a “co-occurring disorder.” NIH estimates as many

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Managing Anxiety in Seniors

Managing Anxiety in Seniors

We all recognize that dreaded familiar feeling of anxiety when it wakes us up in the middle of the night or strikes for no apparent reason during the day.  Anxiety manifests itself uniquely in each individual.  For some, anxiety is apparent in sweating; others struggle with headaches

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The Importance of Social Workers in Behavioral Health

The Importance of Social Workers in Behavioral Health

March 2017 marks the celebration of National Social Workers Month.  This year’s theme is “Social Workers Stand Up” in honor of the over one half million social workers who provide services across the country. The idea behind this campaign, on behalf of the National Association of Social

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Therapy Options for Behavioral Health Patients

Therapy Options for Behavioral Health Patients

According to several studies, therapy options for behavioral health patients may play a stronger, more preventative role in the development of disorders in older adults than otherwise recognized.  Typically, the same behavioral health patients, especially those who are older, would have significantly more symptoms or would be

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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments Can Manage the Symptoms

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments Can Manage the Symptoms

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have difficulty regulating emotions. They may have severe mood swings, act impulsively and have difficult personal relationships. They can struggle with abandonment—real or perceived—and take dramatic steps to avoid such situations. Recent research has shown that men may be affected just

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Alzheimer’s vs Dementia: What’s the Difference

Alzheimer’s vs Dementia: What’s the Difference

Sometimes, the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are thrown around interchangeably. But there are distinct differences. Dementia is an umbrella term. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. So Alzheimer’s is dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer’s To get more technical, dementia is a syndrome, not a disease.

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Normal or Not? Discerning the Difference between Aging and Illness

Normal or Not? Discerning the Difference between Aging and Illness

Normal or Not? Discerning the Difference between Aging and Illness Slowing down, losing strength and gaining a few white hairs and wrinkles are all a normal part of the aging process. But there are symptoms some experience that shouldn’t be taken for granted. During the senior years,

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Lewy Body Dementia in Adults

Lewy Body Dementia in Adults

What is Lewy Body Dementia? Dementia is a general term for memory loss, as well as any issues with memory that affect the normal course of daily life.  Dementia is a result of physical changes within the brain.  Lewy Bodies is the name of the type of

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Helping Those Prone to Wander

Helping Those Prone to Wander

Amid the numerous challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, wandering is one of the most disconcerting. When loss of memory and confusion set in, those with Alzheimer’s may find themselves lost and unable to find or receive help, even if the surroundings were formerly familiar. Perhaps most disturbing of

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