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Do You Remember Most of Your Childhood?

Posted on: March 30th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Do You Remember Most of Your Childhood?

Although it can be difficult to remember a lot of details from your childhood, most people have certain emotional memories or moments that stand out from growing up. However, people that experience traumatic events in childhood may have more trouble remembering the event itself and things associated with it. Even as adults, people who have been through trauma can still subconsciously block out memories to protect themselves from pain.

Even when certain memories are repressed, they can still affect the person causing them to feel anger, anxiety or depression. When people block out memories of traumatic experiences such as abuse, recovering those memories can help them deal with problems they are having in the present. People may start remembering traumatic experiences on their own or a therapist can help bring those memories to the surface.

Recovered memories can be triggered by certain events, people or situations that remind the person of their past trauma. They may suddenly recall feelings or details of their trauma that they hadn’t thought about it years. Although it can be terrifying and painful to suddenly remember traumatic events such as abuse, ultimately recovering memories can be healing and cathartic.

When a person begins to remember more of their childhood and brings up repressed memories they can start to have a better understanding of their current problems. Many feelings that a person goes through in the present can be directly tied to childhood trauma or things they experienced while growing up. Therapists will be able to play a key role in helping a patient remember more of their childhood and all them to understand how to resolve their emotional trauma.

Our childhood often shapes who we become in the future and remembering trauma and working through those emotions can reduce issues like anxiety, depression or anger problems.

Bad Habits vs Compulsive Disorder

Posted on: March 28th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Bad Habits vs Compulsive Disorder

Habits are behaviors that develop over time and become automatic or unconscious actions. A person may engage in a habit with little thought about why they are doing it or whether it should be done. Although habits are all a type of compulsion, someone with a compulsive disorder has very little control over their their behavior.

Habits, although deeply ingrained, can be changed by more awareness and thought to how a person normally behaves. Compulsions are much more difficult to address because the person may experience a lot of anxiety if they are not able to engage in their usual behavior. People with compulsive disorder or OCD will repeat certain actions as a way to ease their anxiety and because they feel intense psychological pressure to do so.

If a person has compulsions they will not be able to simply stop their behavior by simply thinking about it, and they will need more complex treatment to address their actions. People with compulsive disorder often have anxieties or obsessive thoughts that cause them to engage in compulsions. They don’t know how to cope with their overwhelming fears and doubts and end up developing rituals of repetitive behavior to stop their obsessive thoughts.

While a person with bad habits may be able to resolve their behavior on their own by becoming more mindful of what they do and replacing the bad habit with a good one, compulsions are more complicated. Compulsive disorder requires psychological intervention and cognitive behavioral therapy to help address the underlying anxieties and obsessions so that the individual can change their behavior. Patients can gradually confront their fears and obsessive thoughts and start to see that they often don’t reflect reality.

The more a person engages in compulsions it can keep reinforcing anxiety and fear so addressing these issues can help change their behavior and lead them to healthier thoughts and actions.

Schizophrenia and Bipolar Similar Diagnosis, Different Treatment

Posted on: March 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Schizophrenia and Bipolar Similar Diagnosis, Different Treatment

More complex mental health disorders can be difficult to identify and diagnose because they may share many symptoms with other issues. People with schizophrenia are often misdiagnosed as bipolar and vice versa because the two problems both affect how the person thinks and acts. Both issues can make it challenging to think clearly and make it through everyday activities.

Even though it is hard for psychologists to recognize these two mental disorders accurately, they are two very different problems. People with bipolar disorder have extreme mood swings that can make them act erratically either in severe depression or heightened mania. Someone with schizophrenia might struggle with hallucinations and delusions that interfere with their daily functioning.

Both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder require lifelong treatment even if symptoms improve over time. Each mental illness requires specific medications to help stabilize the patient and treat their particular brain chemistry. People with bipolar disorder may need a combination of antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics while those with schizophrenia require mainly antipsychotic medication.

Both issues will require support from a therapist and sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy that will allow them to address their emotional issues. People with schizophrenia may need help from a therapist to identify their confused thoughts and help them think more clearly about reality. Someone with bipolar disorder will need to learn strategies to help cope with both their depressive and manic symptoms when they are triggered.

It is crucial to get an accurate diagnosis for either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder to make sure that you are getting the right treatment. Once a psychiatrist understand what is causing your symptoms they will be able to treat it more effectively through the right kind of medication and therapy methods. If you have symptoms of either disorder find a professional treatment center where you can get a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Nintendo Addresses Gaming Addiction

Posted on: March 21st, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Nintendo Addresses Gaming Addiction

Video games can be a fun distraction but over time people can become dependent on video games as a way to escape their own personal problems. Video game addiction is a growing issue that is affecting teens and young adults who spend hours playing video games and find it difficult to quit. The Nintendo company has addressed these problems by discussing ways to prevent and cope with video game addiction.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa believes that video game addiction has more to do with a person’s behavior and attitude around video games rather than the games themselves. In order to address addiction for young people, Nintendo has created features that allow parents to limit the amount of time that their children play the games. This can help minimize the effects of long hours of playing and the possibility of becoming dependent on them.

Gaming addiction was recently recognized officially as a mental health condition and is defined as a certain pattern of behavior that prioritizes games over everything else. One of the major characteristics of addiction that can occur with video games as well is the tendency to continue escalating the behavior in spite of negative consequences. Video game addiction can result in social impairment and harm relationships with friends and family.

While Nintendo asserts that games themselves are not the cause of addiction, it is important for people to be aware of how their gaming behavior affects their lives. If playing video games starts to interfere with work, school, relationships or other important activities then it may be time to get help. Those who have had any impairment due to video games for a period of more than twelve months may be diagnosed with gaming disorder.

Limiting time playing video games or abstaining completely may be the best solution for someone who is struggling with gaming addiction.

What is an Accidental Overdose?

Posted on: March 18th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
What is an Accidental Overdose?

Most cases of drug overdose that are not fatal are considered accidental overdoses unless the person was attempting suicide. When a person dies from an overdose the medical examiner will need to determine whether the overdose was intentional or unintentional. If a person’s overdose is determined to be intentional then it can be assumed the individual was committing suicide.

An accidental overdose can come in many different forms depending on the type of drug the person used and their intention in taking it. In many cases if the person is an addict they may have taken more than their own tolerance could handle and end up overdosing. This happens frequently when users attempt to quit for a period of time and then start using the amount that they used to without realizing that they have lost their tolerance.

In other cases of overdose the person may have taken the drug accidentally because it was laced with something else or they mistakenly thought it was another substance. This is also a case where the person does not have a tolerance for the drug and their system cannot handle it. A less common occurrence but equally dangerous situation is when another person gives them a dangerous drug either intentionally or unintentionally and they are poisoned.

The only incidence where an overdose is not considered accidental is when a person purposefully takes too much of a drug because they intend to end their own life or otherwise harm themselves. Being aware of the dangers of a particular drug, always knowing what you are taking and evaluating your own tolerance can help prevent accidental overdose.

Do You Remember Most of Your Childhood?