Monthly Archives: March 2014

Advances in Understanding How SSRIs Work

how-ssris-workThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 20 million Americans experience depression significant enough to warrant medical treatment, and 11 percent of those over 12 years of age are given antidepressants. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most widely prescribed antidepressants in the nation. But the drugs are not without their shortfalls.

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Lucida Treatment Center Featured in Brickell Magazine

Lucida Treatment Center Featured in Brickell MagazineCatherine Willner, senior vice president-Florida for Elements Behavioral Health, is featured in Brickell Magazine, which is distributed throughout Palm Beach, Dade and Broward counties.

Willner addressed the importance of Latin families seeking addiction treatment from providers who understand both the Spanish language and culture. Traditionally, Willner noted, world-class treatment has only been available in English, leaving Spanish-speaking clients and their family members trying to comprehend the complexity and nuance of psychotherapy in a foreign tongue.

Add to that the fact that even highly trained therapists, if they lack cultural understanding, can misinterpret or misdiagnose Latin cultural norms. Willner cites the significant degree of family involvement and support found in most Latin cultures as an example. While this is a “positive and protective factor for the client,” U.S. therapists are trained to see it as “enabling,” and encourage clients to repair what is essentially a “healthy and normal factor in their daily lives.”

In the multicultural/bilingual addiction treatment program at Lucida Treatment Center, every staff member speaks Spanish and has received extensive training in cultural sensitivity.

“As a result, we’re much better equipped to meet the needs of our national and international Latin clients,” Willner said.

10 Signs You Need Mental Health Treatment

Depressed woman holding her headAs human beings, we’re all unique in so many wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) ways.  Each of us has particular idiosyncrasies and foibles that make us endearing to some and annoying to others.  But if something is “unique”, does that also mean it’s “abnormal”?  After all, “normal” is one of the most subjective words in the dictionary.  What’s normal to one culture is bizarre to another.  And what’s normal at age 3 may be considered extremely abnormal at age 33.

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Depression, Suicide Rates for Young Hispanic Women Reaching Alarming Levels

depressed and suicidal young Hispanic womanThe campaigns by medical professionals, public health officials and former sufferers to raise awareness about the true prevalence and seriousness of depression have achieved excellent results, for the most part. But for a variety of reasons, depression in teens is still being underdiagnosed and inadequately treated. We have a long way to go before we will be able to say that everything that could be done to help young people overcome this subtle but insidious form of mental illness is being done, and that kids everywhere know the signs and risks of depression and are coming forward when they know they need help.

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Drugs and Spring Break

Florida is one of the stop destinations for Spring break because of the beaches, but it’s also one of the places where kids use a lot of drugs such as Molly (ecstasy).

One young woman (Maria) talks about how she was first offered drugs for free, when you ask for more that’s when they start charging. She was hooked on Molly’s for two years – lost her job and dropped out of school. Continue reading

Childbirth Fears a Predictor for Postpartum Depression

young mother suffering from postpartum depressionPostpartum depression can make it difficult for a new mother to bond with her baby and reengage in everyday activities, and it can be difficult to distinguish the disorder from the more general and mild “baby blues.” In order to promote early intervention, it’s important for healthcare providers to understand the factors that can contribute to postpartum so it’s recognized and diagnosed as soon as possible. A recent study looked at the role that fear of childbirth plays in developing postpartum.

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Support Lifelong Recovery

healthy-lifestyleOvercoming alcoholism, illicit or prescription drug abuse, overeating, workaholism, and other process addictions is tough in many respects. Not only is going through detox to clear out toxic substances difficult to go through, there’s also the issue of learning about addiction, coping measures, getting involved with 12-step self-help groups, and beginning the ongoing process of recovery.

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