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When Should Psychiatric Medicines be Considered?

When Should Psychiatric Medicines be Considered?

In some cases, counseling and group therapy simply aren’t enough. Medications may be used in the treatment of mental disorders, and the study of their use is called psychopharmacology. There’s a lot to it; according to the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology, the field involves both what

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Therapy Options for Behavioral Health Patients

Therapy Options for Behavioral Health Patients

According to several studies, therapy options for behavioral health patients may play a stronger, more preventative role in the development of disorders in older adults than otherwise recognized.  Typically, the same behavioral health patients, especially those who are older, would have significantly more symptoms or would be

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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments Can Manage the Symptoms

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments Can Manage the Symptoms

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have difficulty regulating emotions. They may have severe mood swings, act impulsively and have difficult personal relationships. They can struggle with abandonment—real or perceived—and take dramatic steps to avoid such situations. Recent research has shown that men may be affected just

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Helping Those Prone to Wander

Helping Those Prone to Wander

Amid the numerous challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, wandering is one of the most disconcerting. When loss of memory and confusion set in, those with Alzheimer’s may find themselves lost and unable to find or receive help, even if the surroundings were formerly familiar. Perhaps most disturbing of

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When a Holiday Visit Leads to Concern

When a Holiday Visit Leads to Concern

When it’s been a while since you’ve seen someone, the changes can be noticeable. Maybe they are a little thinner (or heavier). Maybe they’ve changed their hairstyle or style of dress. But when the holiday visit is to a senior parent, subtle changes can signal much more.

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Family Challenges During the Holidays

Family Challenges During the Holidays

While we all like to pretend that we are that happy family in any one of the numerous television commercials celebrating the holiday season, most of us know that the holidays can bring challenges for families of all ages, especially when elderly family members have so many

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Depression During the Holidays

Depression During the Holidays

In Norman Rockwell’s paintings, holidays are a time of joy, of families being together and peace on earth, good will toward men. But for many people, those paintings are far from reality. Loneliness can be especially acute. Family tensions can rise. The holidays can be anything but

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Keeping the Joy in the Holidays for Seniors

Keeping the Joy in the Holidays for Seniors

The holidays are here and, every year, there are multiple stories about how this may be a difficult season for seniors. But it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning, this holiday season can be one of the best yet. Accept the new reality. You may

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Family Caregivers: One of Life’s Toughest Roles

Family Caregivers: One of Life’s Toughest Roles

As a noun, “care” means to provide what is necessary for health and welfare. As a verb, it means to attach importance to something. Caregivers manage to do both: providing for daily needs while doing so in a manner that says the recipient means something to them.

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Beware the “Winter Blahs”

Beware the “Winter Blahs”

Many adults may struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and not recognize the symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons” which can initially appear in the fall as the days become shorter, then increase

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