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Young People Recover from Schizophrenia

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Young People Recover from Schizophrenia

Although schizophrenia is known as one of the most devastating diagnoses in the realm of mental health disorders, recent studies have revealed that it is not as hopeless as previously believed. In the past it was thought that only a small minority of people with schizophrenia could recover from their disorder. However recently it was discovered that about half of participants in a Norwegian study were able to either partially or fully recover from schizophrenia.

The study focused on young people who were given four years of treatment for their disorder. About 55 percent of them were able to recover and even 10 percent of those that were fully recovered no longer need medication. The results reveal much greater potential for recovery than previous research had shown which gives hope to patients with schizophrenia and their loved ones.

Researchers followed the progress of 30 young adults who were recently hospitalized or were starting outpatient treatment for schizophrenia. All of the patients had serious delusions and hallucinations that impacted their ability to function. Each patient received information about their diagnosis and what they could do to help manage the disorder during treatment.

The patients also participated in group discussions and received regular sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy to help them address their delusions and other symptoms. Most patients took antipsychotic medication to ease their symptoms during treatment and follow-up. They also received help finding a vocation through supported work and then regular employment which was part of the criteria for full recovery.

Those who held regular employment and reduced many of their symptoms often showed stronger signs of resilience. The results reveal the possibilities for patients with schizophrenia to recover if they receive treatment early and exhibit motivation and strength to keep working toward better health.

Americans Mental Health is Only Going Down

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Americans Mental Health

There have been alarming trends in the state of mental health for America as psychologists and mental health experts have seen a steady decline in psychological wellness. Recently, America has had to confront some serious problems such as the growing substance abuse epidemic, particularly with opioids. In addition, suicide rates per 100,000 people have increased to reach a 30 year high.

Other problems are also raising concerns such as dramatic increases in mental health related disability awards and a surge in post traumatic stress disorder diagnoses among veterans. In 2013 a study of hundreds of different diseases found that the toll of mental disorders has grown in the past two decades even though other conditions have become more manageable. And although mental health has been steadily on the rise, unfortunately access to treatment still remains a huge problem.

Currently about 8.3 million Americans or about 3.4 percent of the adult population suffers from a serious mental health issue. Research has revealed that in spite of these numbers, access to professional help has been deteriorating. About 9.5 percent of people in one study didn’t have health insurance that will cover a psychiatrist, and about 10.5 percent of people experience delays in getting treatment due to insufficient mental health coverage.

In addition to problems with access to treatment there is also a lack of new solutions for mental health issues and research into potential treatments. The stigma behind mental health is also a factor that may prevent people from getting help and instead drive them to self-medicate through substance abuse. All of these issues possibly contribute to a rising problem with mental health that needs to be addressed in the U.S.

Mainly it is important for people to have easy access to treatment and options for new methods of recovery in order to combat the downward trend in American mental health.

Can You Prepare for Seasonal Depression?

Posted on: August 18th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Seasonal Depression

For people that experience depression mainly during certain times of the year (usually winter), they may be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD as it is commonly called. The symptoms are associated not only with the coldness and darkness of winter but specifically with the shortness of days which can disrupt the body’s hormone levels. Although it is a difficult to disorder to fully prevent, it is possible for people to prepare for the season and ease some of their symptoms in the winter.

One way to prepare for seasonal depression is to start changing your internal clock before winter by waking up earlier and spending the morning in a well lit area. This will allow your body to adjust to shorter days and ease the transition into winter.

Light box therapy is also a very useful tool for SAD to help people cope with the lack of sunlight during winter. A light box exposes you to 10,000 lux brightness which can help ease symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, irritability and lack of energy. Taking walks in the afternoon when the midday sun is at its brightest can also help you get as much sunlight as possible.

Exercise can also be crucial for people with all types of depression, including SAD. Starting a regular exercise routine before winter can help you get your health up to speed so that you can minimize the effects of seasonal depression. Focusing on health in general can help with depression as well such as eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night.

If your symptoms of SAD are very severe you can even consider taking a trip to a warm, sunny place for a vacation at the beginning of winter. The important thing is to stay healthy and get as much sunlight and warmth as possible to minimize the effects of SAD.

Treating Anxiety in Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: August 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Anxiety in Bipolar Disorder

There are a myriad of different symptoms that can be associated with bipolar disorder and they can all be challenging to treat. Anxiety is a common problem for people with bipolar disorder and many patients can even have a comorbid issue with an anxiety disorder. Problems like panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder can all be co-occurring with bipolar disorder.

Whether a patient has a co-occurring disorder or simply experiences anxiety as a symptom of bipolar disorder, it can significantly disrupt their life and cause problems with functioning. Anxiety can lead to constant worrying, restlessness, fatigue, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. Treating anxiety as part of the overall management of bipolar disorder is crucial in order for the patient to live and work normally.

Someone with bipolar disorder and anxiety may need a certain combination of different medications to help stabilize them. Antidepressants can be very effective at treating anxiety but psychiatrists need to be cautious because they can potentially induce mania in some patients with bipolar disorder. Another option could be the use of antipsychotics although lower doses have been proven less effective for patients with bipolar disorder.

A combination of the right medication and psychological treatment is essential for reducing the symptoms of anxiety in people with bipolar disorder. Methods like cognitive behavioral therapy have been proven to be very effective at reducing anxiety in patients with all kinds of different disorders. Regular therapy sessions are an important step in helping patients learn to minimize their anxiety symptoms through positive coping mechanisms.

More than half of people with bipolar disorder also have anxiety so psychiatrists must assess each patient for the severity of their anxiety symptoms and come up with a treatment plan. It is possible to reduce anxiety along with other symptoms of bipolar disorder with qualified professional treatment.

Can Social Media Ever Be a Positive Coping Mechanism?

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Social Media Addiction

Social media websites are known to be addictive and have negative consequences on our mental health in many cases. People can be bullied online, suffer from low self-esteem or become depressed because of their social media use. However, there are cases in which social media can be used positively as a way to connect with others and create a sense of community.

Websites like YouTube have actually been proven to have a much more positive effect on users than other sites like Instagram. YouTube has become a powerful way for people to speak to others directly and reflect on their emotional and mental health. People can share similar experiences with each other and talk about how they cope with personal stresses and struggles as well as give others advice and strategies that worked for them.

Other sites like Tumblr have also proven to be more positive places for people to share their creativity through writing and multimedia content. People are able to interact and connect with each other while discussing topics of mental health such as depression, anxiety and self-harm. Users provide one another with support and advice on how to cope with their issues and when to seek help.

Although social media overall has gotten a bad rap when it comes to mental health, some have more of a positive impact than others on user well-being. In the end it comes down most of all to how users interact and take advantage of opportunities online to connect and discuss their mental health openly or look for advice and help from others. The way that we interact has been forever changed by social media and being careful to use it positively can ensure that users can avoid developing issues with depression or low self-esteem.