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Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

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

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

While general anxiety can involve fears related to a number of different situations, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that relates to once specific fear. When someone has a phobia they are dealing with an extreme and irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place or object. Their fear around this particular thing can build up to the point where they may have a panic attack in its presence or even feel anxious at the thought of their phobia.

Phobias can cause a person extreme distress and make it hard for them to function in their daily life because of their intense fears. A person that struggles with a phobia can have a hard time overcoming their feelings even though they often aware that their fear is irrational. They can have a number of uncomfortable physical reactions when they are in the presence of their phobia including sweating, chest pains, pins and needles and increased heart rate.

When dealing with a phobia the person will feel an uncontrollable sensation of anxiety and a feeling that their source of fear must be avoided at all costs. In moments when they are around their trigger they usually will not be able to function normally and it can stop them from following through on important tasks. The stress that they experience can even cause other mental health problems such as depression.

In order to overcome a specific phobia, the person must go through gradual exposure therapy and work through their anxieties. They will need to find strategies to handle their anxiety as they grow accustomed to the idea of their phobia and exposure to it in controlled situations. The only way to overcome phobias is to confront them slowly with the help of a professional therapist.

Ecstasy and Memory Problems

Posted on: June 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

People who frequently use “party drugs” like ecstasy may be causing serious damage to their brain and memory according to a recent study. The club drug MDMA or ecstacy can cause problems to immediate and short term memory even if it is taken less than once a month over the course of a year. Users may not immediately notice the effects and will most often be unaware of their issues with memory until permanent damage has taken place.

Memory issues caused by ecstasy are associated with damage to the hippocampus which is the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Those involved in the study used an average of 33 ecstasy pills a year but damage was shown to occur after using only 10 pills in one year. The study raised concerns about the negative and damaging effects of MDMA even when used over a relatively short period of time.

Although memory problems are a major concern, there are other issues that can affect the health of ecstasy users. The drug is often taken in combination with a number of other drugs including alcohol and cocaine. Combining these drugs can be dangerous especially when taken in a party environment where people often get dehydrated and are at risk for all kinds of physiological issues.

Ecstasy also often leads people to engage in risky behaviors that can harm their health such as unprotected sex and driving under the influence The drug can also be highly addictive and the more of it the person consumes, the greater risk they have for damaging their body and brain. Even occasional use of ecstasy can be very dangerous and it can be difficult to reverse the damage caused by the drug.

This new study reveals the harmful effects of ecstasy and the need for users to end even recreational use to preserve their memory and cognitive function.

Is Rock Bottom Always Necessary for Recovery?

Posted on: June 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

The concept of hitting rock bottom is a traditional view of addiction that many people believe is a crucial part of the process of quitting. The idea behind rock bottom is that the person with an addiction will finally reach a point where they have experienced so many negative consequences from their behavior that they decide they need to get help. Rock bottom is essentially reaching the lowest point of your disease so that the only way to move forward is to admit you have a problem.

Even though rock bottom can be a useful idea in framing the narrative of addiction and understanding people’s motivation to quit, it is not how every addiction story occurs. In fact, believing that hitting rock bottom is the only way that someone can recover can sometimes be dangerous. If loved ones take no action and avoid helping an addict because they are waiting for them to hit rock bottom then they are leaving them alone to cause more damage.

For some people it may take years to finally hit rock bottom and during that time they can cause a lot of problems in their relationships, their physical and mental health and their finances. The gradual changes that they go through as a result of their addiction may become complicated to resolve once they finally do get help. Allowing those issues to build up over many years can take its toll on their lives and make recovery even more challenging.

Getting help as early as possible is usually preferable to hitting rock bottom so that addicts will not have to suffer for a long time. It is important to see if there is anything you can do to help an addict feel motivated to recover before they hit rock bottom.

New Addiction Drug for Opioid Addiction May be Blocked

Posted on: June 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

The opioid crisis has taken its toll on the U.S. with the staggering number of deaths from overdose and the growing need for treatment resources. More than 130 people die from an opioid overdose every day in the country and the number has been continuing to grow. It has been proven that one of the most effective ways to prevent overdose and treat opioid addiction is through replacement medications like methadone and buprenorphine.

Unfortunately a new addiction drug may be blocked from coming on the market for years because of a loophole in federal law. Having different options for medications can be helpful for opioid patients because they may have to try a few until they find one that works best for them. With limited options, it can be more difficult for people in treatment to be able to stick with a recovery program.

Many people in recovery use methadone which they need to take every day and others use Vivitrol which is injected only once a month and can be more convenient. Others use buprenorphine which comes in a dissolvable tablet which they can take twice a day. A new form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that is only injected once a month may now be the only one of its kind available on the market for five years.

Sublocade was given 3 years of exclusive access to U.S. markets because of FDA laws and it may even be granted seven years exclusive access if it is designated an orphan drug. Competitive drugs that have already been deemed safe by the FDA may not be allowed to enter the market because of these laws in spite of the great need for alternative options for patients. Allowing alternative versions of injectable buprenorphine could help save lives if the FDA decides to avoid giving exclusive access to one drug during the crisis.

Tips for Boosting Mental Health

Posted on: June 14th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

Self care means taking the time to pay attention not only to your physical well being but also your mental health. There are many small ways that you can quickly boost your mental health if you are feeling down and need to recharge. Developing a routine of focusing on your mental well-being will build up over time and improve your state of mind on a regular basis.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to ease stress is to write down your thoughts. Keeping a journal every day and writing down your personal feelings can be a great way to vent and express things that you might not feel comfortable talking about. Journaling allows you a personal space to cope with the thoughts that may be bringing you down.

Another useful tactic is learning how to counter negative thoughts with positive ones or develop skills in creating a positive spin. Everyone has negative thoughts from time to time or starts to interpret events in a negative light. Bringing in some positive points to counter those thoughts can help prevent you from spiraling and helps you gain some new perspective on a situation.

One of the ways that people can start to produce more positive feelings and thoughts is through a practice of gratitude. Taking time to think about or write down the things that you are grateful for can have a major impact on your mood. We often forget all the good things that we have when we get bogged down in negativity and forget to be grateful.

It is also important to have some “go to” self-care practices that you know will boost your mood. It could be anything from taking a walk, watching your favorite movie, calling a friend or anything you know will help you feel better. Regular self-care can keep your mental health in a better state so that you can stay positive.