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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety, or as it also classified, Social Phobia, is the extreme fear of being judged, analyzed and scrutinized by others in social or performance area situations.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America claims that almost 15 million Americans suffer from some form of social anxiety

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Glen Campbell and Alzheimer’s Disease

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer’s Disease

The music industry lost a bit of sparkle recently with the passing of the “Rhinestone Cowboy”, Glen Campbell, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  Since the 1960’s, Campbell performed music that was one of the first to cross from country to pop.  While Campbell was talented and successful,

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Emergency Department Suicidal Screenings

Emergency Department Suicidal Screenings

Emergency Department (ED) Suicidal Screening can predict a significant number of individuals at risk for suicide, according to a recent study published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  This study reports that many who seek treatment in Emergency Departments struggle with depression and have either attempted

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Evaluation and Treatment for Dissociative Disorders is Very Complex

Evaluation and Treatment for Dissociative Disorders is Very Complex

In the movies, those with multiple personalities have often been the stars of frightening events. The Three Faces of Eve, Sybil and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde come to mind. But for some, living with a type of dissociative disorder is far more real. Dissociative disorders were

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Life Goes On, Even When Grieving

Life Goes On, Even When Grieving

Grief brings a natural feeling of loss and loneliness. The person who has died left a void. There may not be someone to watch that favorite TV show with, or to share dinner. For caregivers, the time spent performing daily tasks for the other person may suddenly

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DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

A significant gap exists between mental health professionals and the number of senior adults in need of their help. It’s estimated that there is only one geriatric psychiatrist for every 23,000 senior adults in the U.S. By 2030, that number is expected to be one for every

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD as it is commonly referred to, is a chronic, prolonged disorder in which people struggle with overwhelming, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that individuals need to repeat constantly.  OCD can manifest itself through symptoms with either obsessions or compulsions or the

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Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

An all-too-common stereotype is the grumpy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. But irritability and crankiness aren’t necessarily natural components of aging. In the elderly, they might be a sign to consider something more severe. Bipolar disorder, a chronic mental illness with a

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Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day.  The day we, together as a nation, celebrate our country’s freedom.  Fourth of July activities include enormous town and city celebrations or intimate backyard barbecues, homemade ice cream and the pop, crack and colors of fireworks.  While the explosion of fireworks may be festive for

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Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

When the Alzheimer’s Association released new figures in 2017 about the disease, one figure stood out: 1. That is the number of diseases in the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States that do not have a cure or prevention—and cannot be slowed. This

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