Understanding Movement Disorders: What Are Dystonias?

By Támara Hill, MS

 

Severe mental illness can be one of the most difficult situations for both the victim and the family to cope with. There are a host of issues including problems with medication and side effects. Do you know someone suffering from schizophrenia or taking strong psychotropic medications? Most individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses must take anti-psychotic medications that can result in involuntary movements of the muscles, repetitive movements (such as “pill rolling” – a tremor of the hands), and abnormal postures (i.e., catatonia - abnormal physical immobility). 

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Dissociative Disorder: A Disconnected Self

By Támara Hill, MS

Think back to a time when you found yourself daydreaming or staring into space without any awareness of the people or things around you. Can you remember anything about your surroundings? What about who was around you, what was going on, and where you were? If not, perhaps you can relate to the strange and rare experience of dissociating

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Psychotic Disorders: Differences, Symptoms, and Ways To Cope

By Támara Hill, MS

 

We have been talking a lot about psychotic disorders, childhood onset-schizophrenia, delusions, and hallucinations,so lets discuss the differences between the psychotic disorders and ways to cope as a family member, parent, friend, companion, or caregiver to someone who is suffering.

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5 Ways To Have A Meaningful Thanksgiving

By Támara Hill, MS

How do you typically spend your holiday season? Do you spend it alone or with many other people? What do you often look forward to? Family, food, holiday music, holiday parties, time off from work, snow, the decorations, the football games and parades, or the natural meaning in the air between the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas? Whatever it is, does it offer your holiday season a much greater purpose than if you did not have these things? Many people find themselves attracted to the holiday spirit, even the most resistant among us. But does having that holiday spirit truly add meaning to your holiday?

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Understanding Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) and 5 Warning Signs

By Támara Hill, MS
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Are you the parent of a child or adolescent who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or some type of psychotic disorder? If so, you are not alone. You can probably relate to the devastation may parents experience when they finally receive a diagnosis that entails psychotic symptoms. It’s as if the world completely stops and all of the goals and dreams of the future, put on hold. As rare as childhood onset schizophrenia (COS) is, there are many parents who are flabbergasted by the diagnosis so soon in their child’s life. No parent ever wants to consider that their child will have to grapple with the complex symptoms of schizophrenia for the rest of their lives. Sadly, schizophrenia is a pervasive illness that requires lifelong treatment. There are no easy routes.

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Discussing the Controversy of Borderline Personality Traits in Adolescents

By Támara Hill, MS

Over the past two weeks I have enjoyed writing about and sharing with you the diagnostic issues and parental fears surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the possibility of adolescents being diagnosed with the disorder. Last week we discussed treatment options for adolescents exhibiting borderline personality traits (a diagnostic term and label that many of you were unfamiliar with and challenged). The week before that we discussed adolescents who exhibit strong symptoms or traits of the disorder. This week we will be discussing some of the issues that were brought to my attention on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest regarding the term “Borderline Personality Traits.” I will also mention some of the recent research and theories surrounding adolescent BPD and “challenge” you to give me your best counter-argument. Lets give it a shot!

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Treatment Options for Teens With Borderline Personality Traits

By Támara Hill, MS

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a very challenging and complex disorder to treat. Dr. Blaise Aguirre, a recognized child and adolescent researcher of BPD, states that about 11% of clients with the disorder end up in outpatient settings, while about 20% are in inpatient settings with a comorbid diagnosis. For example, someone with BPD may also have severe depression or anxiety.

Last week we discussed borderline personality traits in adolescents with explosive tempers, over-reactive responses, and roller coaster emotions. This week we’ll look at treatment options for adolescents who are exhibiting borderline personality traits and how to identify some of the correct treatments available.

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Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits

By Támara Hill, MS

Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses, emotional reactions, behaviors, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behaviors, and anger? Is the behavior so extreme that you are afraid to discuss minor issues for fear of upsetting this teen or becoming the focal point of their angry outbursts? If so, perhaps you are dealing with a teen who is beginning to exhibit borderline personality traits.

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Coping With A Mental Health Crisis: Using Effective Skills

By Támara Hill, MS
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Crisis. What comes to mind when you hear this term? Do you think of natural disasters such as hurricanes, national health concerns like the Ebola virus, personal struggles such as a divorce or failed relationship, or perhaps something less dramatic but still emotionally draining such as failed expectations or loss of a good job. Whatever the stressor (a situation that outweighs your ability to cope with it), a crisis can be any of the above situations and be long-term or short-term.  more



When Your Child Is 302’d: Know What To Expect

By Támara Hill, MS
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Involuntary commitment. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Chaos and confusion? Fear and pandemonium? Loss and grief? For many parents, having to commit your child to a hospital against their will is something that doesn’t fit into the schema of adults. The thought, the action is unfathomable. How could a child, someone who is barely familiar with the operations of life, be so out of control that a hospital would have to be contacted for help? The experience is heart wrenching for many loving and caring families.

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