I have been an addictions therapist for over 15 years. Nothing irks me more than to hear that a person has to be intrinsically motivated to change, for counseling to work, prior to starting the counseling. The reason addictions are so difficult to treat is due to the confusion regarding the
Research findings have been quite consistent: the risk factors for developing a mood or anxiety disorder during or post-pregnancy are universal, and can be readily identified. While there seem to be many risk factors on the list, the good news is that being aware of them can lead to early detection and treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). If you know you are at high risk, you can not only take steps to reduce the risk, but you can be
There are a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers. This is unfortunate, because misinformation can lead to a delay in or avoidance of treatment, which can be detrimental to both parents, the baby, and the entire family itself. In this article, I will attempt to clarify a few of the myths surrounding the arrival of a new baby.
1) PPD vs. PMAD:
We are most familiar with the term “Postpartum Depression,” and it is used most commonly, from casual
Solutions for Treating Chronic Addictions
Some of the more difficult addiction disorders to treat are those that have plagued the person for awhile and have evolved into chronic addictions. For many people, addiction can become progressively worse over time an have an impact on a person’s career, relationships, physical health, mental health, and can even lead to legal problems. Over time, substance use becomes the chief way that a person copes with their feelings and the pressures of today’s society. When people have tried quitting or have attempted treatment, and have relapsed, they may be demoralized by multiple and unsuccessful attempts to change. They may become discouraged and lose hope that getting sober is possible.
Some adolescents and, some adults for that matter, may try to treat their Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms by smoking marijuana. This is referred to as, “self-medicating.” ADHD symptoms are categorized by problems with focus/inattention or hyperactivity. Some people can have symptoms of both classes. The treatment is normally to try medication or talk therapy to learn strategies to manage related symptoms and to see if one or both interventions are helpful.
Many people with ADHD live very successful and productive lives once they figure out what works for them to manage or resolve the disorder. Such management strategies may include making lifestyle changes, learning skills, or taking medications. Using marijuana to self-medicate the symptoms of ADHD is typically not recommended. While the adolescent may report that they are able to experience relief and even improvement in concentration,