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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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Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Abuse of the most vulnerable of society is unthinkable. But when it comes to elders, it is somewhat hidden. There is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse—making it difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is. A study by the National Institute of Justice found

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is commonly referred to, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an actual traumatic event or even the potential for a situation causing tremendous physical harm.  Many clinicians who diagnose PTSD refer to traumatic events as ones

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Repeated Head Trauma May Be Cause of Erratic Behavior, Impaired Judgment

Repeated Head Trauma May Be Cause of Erratic Behavior, Impaired Judgment

Erratic behavior, balance issues, depression, impaired judgment and other concerns often associated with aging and age-related conditions may actually be due to something else. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is progressive degenerative disease of the brain, resulting from repeated impact to the head. First recognized in boxers, CTE

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CEU Program Offered by Haven of Philadelphia

CEU Program Offered by Haven of Philadelphia

Please join Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia for a Free Dinner, and earn Two CEU Credits, NASW-PA approved, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Miles Ladenheim, MD, ESQ. Involuntary Commitments Wednesday, June 14th 5 to 7 p.m. Randi’s Restaurant and Bar Grant Plaza II, 1619 Grant Avenue Philadelphia, PA

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Homecare and Behavioral Health

Homecare and Behavioral Health

As the majority of America’s population ages, the need for behavioral health services continues to increase.  Recent data estimates that twenty percent of adults aged 65 and older meet the criteria for a mental disorder, including dementia, so behavioral health is a primary concern for our older

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Self-Medicating for Depression May Hurt Rather Than Help

Self-Medicating for Depression May Hurt Rather Than Help

It’s true: We all do things now and again to help us feel better. But when a person repeats those behaviors in an attempt to manage depression, improvement may not be the result. Self-medication for depression can take many forms; drugs or alcohol may immediately come to

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Hypomania and Other Bipolar Symptoms May Increase in Spring and Summer

Hypomania and Other Bipolar Symptoms May Increase in Spring and Summer

Spring brings allergies, fever—and for those with bipolar disorder, an increased likelihood of an episode. A 2013 research study, published in the journal Bipolar Disorder, found that hospital admissions peaked in the spring for those with bipolar experiencing depression. Those in the mania phase were more likely

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Dealing with Grief

Dealing with Grief

Any number of situations can cause grief. It may be the loss of a loved one, a job or a relationship. It may be immediate—such as death from an accident—or lingering, such as death from a terminal illness. For some, the grief can be so deep that

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

While the term “dual diagnosis” is a broad category of disorders, it can be narrowed down to someone who experiences a mental illness and substance abuse problem at the same time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) refers it as a “co-occurring disorder.” NIH estimates as many

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