Archives for February, 2010

Does Therapy Work? My Answer in Audio & Text

Some patients say that psychotherapy (without medication) is helpful less than half the time! Though this percentage varies depending on diagnosis and much of the reporting is anecdotal, there is at a detailed and well-done 2003-2004 study that focuses on depression and its treatment. SAMHSA, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reports that:
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General

Double Trouble: Mental Illness and Addiction, Part 2



On Wednesday, we featured the first part of our interview with Dr. David Sack, psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Centers. Today, we continue our conversation about co-occurring mental illness and addiction, also known as dual-diagnosis, with Dr. Sack.

RZ: Today, more and more addiction and mental health treatment providers are recognizing that co-occurring disorders are quite common. It used to...
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Depression

Double Trouble: Mental Illness and Addiction, Part 1



In the past few years, more and more states as well as the federal government have begun to examine the complex relationship between substance abuse and mental illness. Having been involved in both addiction and mental health treatment for over two decades, I can attest to the fact that though plenty of people struggle with both issues simultaneously, many of them don’t get correctly diagnosed. Frequently,...
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Your Mental Health "To-Do" List

To give our readers a better sense of what an effective mental health treatment plan looks like, I have been recreating a treatment plan here through a series of blog posts. To see other posts in this series, please click here.
If your therapist is the GPS, you are the driver. Ultimately, you have control over where you are going emotionally.*

Therefore, outlining courses of action that you will take is as vital to your success as are your therapist’s courses of action, which...
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interviews

Part II: Near-Death Experience Changes Therapist's Life and Work



On Friday, we featured the first part of our conversation with psychotherapist and Is God Pink? author Mary Jo Rapini, MeD, LPC, who told us about her near-death experience after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. Today, Mary Jo’s story continues with her return to this world. “Suddenly I was back in this place. My husband Ron was shaking me and crying—he was...
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Your Therapist's "To Do" List

To give our readers a better sense of what an effective mental health treatment plan looks like, I have been recreating a treatment plan here through a series of blog posts. To see other posts in this series, please click here.
The next section of the mental health treatment plan I like to use is number three—the Therapist’s Objectives—in a nutshell, your therapist’s “to do” list. These objectives are the actual courses of action that your therapist will take to help you reach...
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