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Archives for July, 2013


Age Prevents Treatment In Many Cases: Understand What To Do

One of the biggest problems in mental health treatment is a family’s inability to obtain needed psychiatric services for a loved one who is either 14 or 16 years of age. This is the age at which a state legally acknowledges the decision(s) of a minor in matters of mental health. While discussing the issue with Canada’s Dr. Gordon Atherley of VoiceAmerica Talk Network last week, it became apparent that a lot of people...
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Adult Mental Health

Questionable Diagnoses: Are We Really That Ill?

One of the most important questions parents have asked me regarding their children receiving therapeutic services is "how can we prove he really has this disorder?" Some parents, families, and caregivers are very sensitive to the fact that we have an extremely flawed diagnostic system based on cultural, social, and societal preference, not science or research. Unfortunately, many families are also uninformed about the system and rely entirely on our flawed system to guide...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Understanding Diagnostic Language: What Does NOS Mean?

What would it mean to you to receive a diagnosis with NOS at the end?

One of the biggest issues I encounter as a child and adolescent therapist is that many families are often very misinformed about mental health, available treatments, and the NOS category.

NOS is considered by some people to be the “throw away pile" or “umbrella category” that clinicians use when they either do not have enough proof to diagnose an individual or...
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Freeing Yourself From Relational Bondage

Are you in a relationship, a relationship of any kind, that tends to perplex you, hurt you, or make you feel confused? If so, you are not alone. Relationships are the most time consuming and perplexing experiences of life. It's difficult to maintain certain relationships and difficult to sustain from them. Relationships are apart of who we are, but unfortunately, we are so interconnected to them we allow them to destroy us.
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Adult Mental Health

Video: Do You Know What Depression Really Looks Like?

Depression affects about 1 in 10 adults in the US. It is one of the most debilitating mental health concerns of our modern society. Some research studies have suggested that depression is the leading cause of disability among Americans. Countless numbers of adults are being prescribed antidepressant medications in addition to our youth population (children as young as 7 years old).

Mental health among children and adolescents is becoming a major public concern and many parents...
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