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April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Tips For People With Mental Illness

No one is untouched by the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation. If your life is complicated by illness and/or the “underlying physical conditions that put you at risk” the stress is even greater. Here are some tips to get through this time with the least amount of emotional disruption. Getting the facts keeps perspective. The […]

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March 6, 2020

The Essentials of a Partial Hospitalization Program

Traditional programs of psychiatric care and drug rehabilitation followed the medical model – remove the person from their environment, cure them, and then return them to the “outside world.” There are many people whose ability to function safely in an unstructured environment is so compromised that full in-patient care is necessary. However, with the protections […]

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February 15, 2020

Grief- Healed By Time For Most but Not All

We humans are social animals. We survive and thrive on the relationships we build with family, friends, and loved ones. From the most distant of acquaintances to the most intimate of loved ones, our connections with other people are central to the quality of our lives. This ability to connect with others is so essential […]

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January 15, 2020

Pain Treatment has Painful Consequences for Some

Painkillers have improved the quality of life for millions of people with chronic pain. In the decades since highly effective opioid painkillers came into common use, the dark side became evident with overdose deaths in the tens of thousands each year. As the death toll rose, the pressure on the medical community increased. More powerful […]

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December 15, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder – It’s a Thing

In the last 35 years a term has emerged to describe a condition long known, particularly to people living in northern climates – Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD was first described in 1985 and is generally recognized as a syndrome although it has yet to find its way into the official diagnostic codes. It is a […]

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December 15, 2019

Tis the Season!

The shop windows are bright, houses compete for the biggest display of holiday spirit, and television offers endless images of joyous families. For many people, seeing all this grates on the reality of their existence – family problems, job problems, money problems, health problems, uncertain future, dreary present, or a sad past. When struggling, the […]

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December 15, 2019

The Opioid Crisis from a Patient’s View

Every day I read about the “opioid crisis,” and there is no question that the false promises of an addiction free pain treatment have led to needless deaths and broken lives. Opioid deaths have risen five-fold from 1999 to 2018. Most opioid users are people like me – a middle aged man with a back injury resulting in […]

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November 15, 2019

Anger Management

We all have known people who “fly off the handle” at the smallest thing or from no provocation. These are people who seem to carry a ticking alarm inside their daily lives; the trigger might be a look, a bump, a slight raise of the voice, however small – the triggers are constant. The news is full […]

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October 15, 2019

Detox for a Soft Landing – Support for Better Life

Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for anxiety and panic attacks. Over time, it has become commonly used as a maintenance drug for both those issues as well as insomnia. Its intent is for occasional use by people who suffer intermittent panic attacks. The medication’s calming effects made […]

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September 15, 2019

Alcohol Treatment for Life Change

Alcohol is sneaky. It enters people’s lives with a smile, a social beer after work, a glass of wine at dinner, a lark of a weekend evening. It becomes a regular part of life, maybe a little bit at a time – a drink before dinner, a beer after work, a nightcap to help sleep. […]

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