Emotions are a healthy way to express how a person feels about an event or situation. But, emotions can become problematic when they are erratic, severely elevated or diminished for long periods of time. Erratic or dramatic swings in emotions can sometimes be an indication of a mood disorder.
The most common mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder. According to a 2005 National Comorbidity Survey-Replication Study, nearly 10% of Americans aged 18 and older suffer from a mood disorder. Mood disorders can have a significant impact on relationships, and depending on the severity, may call for one or both partners to seek help from a mood treatment center. Continue reading
What does it take to nurture and maintain a close bond with another person, and what are the stumbling blocks to having healthy relationships?
Whether a relationship is between family members, friends and coworkers or significant others, some men find it difficult to form and keep positive connections. What are the stumbling blocks to having healthy relationships?
Here we take a look at some of the issues men commonly face in their interpersonal relations, and we provide a few tips for how to have healthy relationships. Continue reading
Talking to someone with depression or anxiety may feel like walking a tightrope, especially if you’ve never experienced either mental health disorder yourself. On the one hand, you want to be supportive and encouraging and to show that you care. On the other hand, you don’t want to accidentally make your friend feel worse. Here are some common sayings to avoid, and some suggestions of what to say instead: Continue reading
Statistics clearly show that Hispanics who need treatment for mental health or addiction are less likely to get it than white Americans. We also know that Hispanics have poorer outcomes when treated for substance abuse and are less likely than whites to complete a treatment program. Many possible reasons have been cited for these disparities, including cultural differences, stigma, language barriers and other factors. A large study recently sought to better understand the disparities and came up with some surprising results. Continue reading
Despite help available at Florida treatment centers, often for low or no cost, drug addiction continues to claim lives. In 2016 alone, over 345 people in Jacksonville, Florida died from a drug-related overdose. That statistic, which translates to nearly one person dying of a drug-related overdose per day, has alarmed city councilman Bill Gulliford. Continue reading
Medical marijuana ads may be to blame for an increase in teen marijuana use, a study by the nonprofit,global policy think tank RAND Corp. finds. The new research is the first to explore the link between marijuana advertising and adolescent behavior.
For many addicts in recovery and participating in 12-step programs or rehab, steps eight and nine are the most dreaded. You are expected to list everyone you wronged because of your addiction and then make amends. To revisit the past and the people you hurt is a daunting task. How addiction affects the family is major, and facing family members who disowned you can be the scariest part.
Stigma is a powerful force and causes addicts to feel ashamed and to keep secrets. Both addicts and those of us who judge addicts need to realize that addiction is a true disease of the brain and the body. If we can learn to view addiction the way we do asthma, high blood pressure or heart disease, we can bring addicts out of the shadows of shame and get them the help they need.
We have plenty of statistical evidence that racial disparities in healthcare for mental illness and addiction exist and that Hispanics are on the losing end. The latest research shows that Hispanic Americans are less likely than Caucasian patients to seek out mental health care. This could be related to culture, access to health insurance or language barriers, but the fact remains that it means thousands of people who need it are not getting mental health treatment.
Recent data collected by the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) demonstrates that Cubans and Puerto Ricans growing up in smoking households are twice as likely to become smokers as non-Hispanics growing up with smokers. The reasons for the discrepancy can only be guessed at, but the findings show an important vulnerability for a segment of the U.S. population.