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10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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Addiction

Marijuana & Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, says a new study from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

"Our research demonstrates that cannabis has a differential risk on susceptible versus non-susceptible individuals," said Dr. Barzilay, one of the lead researchers. "In other words, young people with a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia — those who have psychiatric disorders in their families — should bear in mind that they're playing with fire if...
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Online Reviews Cannot Be Trusted. Really. Part II

Contd. from Part One

Our Fraudulent Online Review Story at HealthGrades

went to specialist last year. He was excellent, one of the best healthcare professionals in her experience. In addition to a host of awards, and doing very good work, he had a warm and informative bedside manner. But during a follow up-visit, he told her he was struggling with a negative online review that was causing him to literally lose sleep. Apparently, a disgruntled patient...
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Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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Addiction

6 News Stories That Are Actually Positive

In A Wise Approach To Taking In The News PsychCentral blogger Elisha Goldstein writes: The global political climate right now is very sensitive and all we need is a little spark to get our nervous systems activated. He also suggests if we experience a positive or negative reaction to the news, we research the article before sharing it.

In NYC, what we've seen is a tendency towards feeling negative about the news in general, and a palpable lack of...
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Addiction

12-Steps For 15 Maladies

In the original 1938 Alcoholics Anonymous book*, 15 emotional/spiritual symptoms (referred to as maladies) of addiction are listed:

being restless, irritable, and discontented
having trouble with personal relationships
not being able to control our emotional natures
being prey to (or suffering from) misery and depression
not being able to make a living (or a happy and successful life)
having feelings of uselessness
being full of fear
unhappiness
inability to be of real help to other people
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Communication

How To Choose A Therapist You Actually Like

Look for a therapist with the right balance of professionalism and personality if you want therapy to succeed.

Although ideally you will find a therapist with excellent credentials, appropriate training, and relevant experience, as well as a very high percentage of successful outcomes, if you dislike your therapist or don’t trust them—therapy will not be successful.

A therapist should have a fairly good balance of professional attributes and personality. Concerning personality, you want to put at least some...
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Does Your Therapist Have Successful Outcomes?

When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes.

A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients...
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