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Post-Show on Addictions

Post-Show on Addictions

I want to thank all of you who tuned in to our show last night on families and addiction. A lot of time is spent discussing the addict and the addiction itself, but not enough time is spent on family and friends of the addict.

It is generally accepted that every addict effects at least four people, and Gary and Dr. Croft, HealthyPlace’s Medical Director, went over a vast amount of information for those affected by addiction.

As with all our shows, you can watch it on-demand, in case you missed any important information or want to share the show with friends.

If you would like more information about Al-Anon, a fellowship for those affected by Alcoholism, visit their website at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/english.html. They are also available during business hours by phone: (757) 563-1600. Al-Anon will put you in touch with a local support group.

You can also join the HealthyPlace Support Network absolutely free, where you can chat with others who may be going through the same thing as you. Our support network has been growing exponentially and with members like you, we can create a really positive online support group so that no one has to suffer in silence.

Thank you for helping to grow the new HealthyPlace.com and HealthyPlace TV. We have so many great things planned for the show, and we could not do it without you! I always enjoy hearing your comments and questions, and I try to personally respond to all messages. Please feel free to contact me by email, Producer AT healthyplace.com.

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Families and Addiction: March 31

Families and Addiction: March 31

According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We all know addictions can destroy the life of the addict, but what about the family? How can the family cope and support the addict without being co-dependant and feeding the addiction?

Our topic for the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show airing live, this Tuesday, March 31st is “Families and Addiction.”

Addictions can be physical or psychological, but the devastating effects of addiction on family members are the same, as explained in Dr. Croft’s blog post this week. Families often face the difficult decision of enabling the addiction or literally forcing their loved one out on the street. However, there can be other options. Where can families turn for more information on addiction? What if they can’t afford treatment programs? During Tuesday’s live show, we will answer these questions and any other questions you might have about addiction.

If you have a story about addiction you would like to share, please feel free to email me: Producer AT HealthyPlace.com. Also, you can email me a link to a youtube video, and we might air it on our show live Tuesday March 31st at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. You can also find more information about how the HealthyPlace TV show works here. During the second half of the show, Dr. Croft will answer any question you might have on addiction or any other mental health topic in the popular ‚ Ask Dr. Croft section of the show.

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How to Get Help for a Mental Illness – March 24

How to Get Help for a Mental Illness – March 24

The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans suffered from a mental disorder in 2006. That is over one quarter of the adult population who needed help. Have you ever wondered if you might need help or suffer from depression or another mental illness ? Do you know where to find help?

Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 24th is titled: “Reaching Out: How To Know If You Need Help and Where To Find It.”

How do you know if you need help? There are several standards set out by the APA and the AMA. If a behavior, attitude, or feeling consistently and abnormally interfere with your life or relationships, you may need help. This can be often difficult to define and you may get different opinions from different professionals. (Dr. Croft has a great blog post on “When and Where to Get Help for Mental Health Issues “) We hope to clear a lot of this confusion this Tuesday.

Where do you go for a mental health problem?

Even if you know that you need help, how do you decide where to go? Is this a small problem that can be resolved by an open discussion with your religious leader, or do you need to see a clinical psychologist? What about a counseling psychologist (or what is even the difference!). When do I need to see a psychiatrist over a psychologist? The difference is not as simple as a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. If you cannot afford to pay for professional medical help, where do you turn?

HealthyPlace TV Show Details

The show could not happen without you and I am looking forward to having you participate in our live show, next Tuesday March 24th at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. If you have a story of finding help, there are several ways you can share your story. Upload a video to youtube and email me the link. We will play the videos live during our show. Also, you can email us your questions for Dr. Croft or any comments at Producer AT HealthyPlace.com . Information on the HealthyPlace TV Show and how it works can be found here.

After the first half of the show, we will turn over the show to you, the viewers. Dr. Harry Croft, HealthyPlace.com Medical Director and co-host of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show, will answer any of your mental health questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Josh

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PTSD Show Notes

PTSD Show Notes

I wanted to thank all of you for watching our show last night on “Soldiers and the Hidden Battle, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” The show had some really great information for anyone affected by PTSD .

The show could not have happened without the help of Nathan Havey and Rick of In their Boots . In their boots created over 12 documentaries about the lives of soldiers and the issues they face when returning back home. They plan to produce another ten documentaries this year. In their Boots also plans to take their films on the road this year which will include panel discussions exploring issues soldiers face. The tentative schedule is below.

  • Houston in April to explore the complexities of Traumatic Brain Injury, the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • May in Washington, DC to highlight the problem of homelessness among veterans and effective ways to address it.
  • June in Atlanta to demonstrate the need for ‘veteran’s courts’ and alternative sentencing to support veterans in their efforts to reintegrate when they return home.
  • July in Chicago to examine the impact on children of losing a family member in the war.

If you missed the show, don’t worry! As with all our shows, you can view them in their entirety by visiting the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show homepage, clicking the menu button on the viewer, and selecting on-demand .

I always appreciate hearing from you. If you have any comments or questions, please email me at Producer AT heatlhyplace.com .

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Soldiers and PTSD: Tuesday, March 17

Soldiers and PTSD: Tuesday, March 17

Well over one million American troops have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. While many troops have given the ultimate sacrifice, many more soldiers may be closet casualties of the war; suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, aggression, and alienation from loved ones. They may not even be able to hold down a job. (See description of PTSD )

Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 17 is titled: “Soldiers and the Hidden Battle, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

The Psychological Casualties of War

While post-battlefield stress was first described in the 8th century, our modern description and understanding did not develop until the 1970’s. Post traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone who has suffered a trauma, from rape to war.

With our troops having faced extended tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lot of focus has been given to the physical injuries our troops experienced. What about the injuries that cannot be seen on an x-ray? We intend to help shed light on some of the debilitating psychological effects, mainly PTSD, war can leave on our soldiers long after all other wounds have healed.

Also, make sure you read Dr. Harry Croft’s blog post describing PTSD . Having evaluated over 4,000 veterans for PTSD, Dr. Croft has a unique and educated viewpoint on the disorder.

I am looking forward to your participation in our next live show – Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. If you have been affected by PTSD in any way, we want to hear your story. Make a video, write a story, but whatever you do, be heard. Upload your videos to youtube, and send me an email, producer AT healthyplace.com . We will be playing these videos during the live show. Details on how the HealthyPlace TV Show works can be found here.

During the second half of the show, you’ll have an opportunity to ask HealthyPlace.com Medical Director and Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

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Self-Injury Show: Tues., March 10

Self-Injury Show: Tues., March 10

Imagine being a cutter, self-injurer, for many years. Wanting to stop, even stopping off-and-on, but always returning to it.

Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 10, is titled: “I am a self-injurer and I cannot stop.” Our guest is Dana. You can read a bit more about her struggle with self-injury and see an intro video here.

One thing we do know about self-injury is that there are way too many misconceptions about the subject. Self-harm (also known as self-injury , self-abuse , and self-mutilation ) is not performed with the intent to commit suicide, but to temporarily relieve the stress and tension someone feels inside. You can read more about self-injury and why people self-injure here.

According to the HealthyPlace.com article on the warning signs of self-injury , self-harm can take many forms in addition to the much publicized cutting :

  • carving
  • branding
  • marking
  • biting
  • head banging
  • bruising
  • hitting
  • tattooing
  • excessive body piercing

Again, the topic is: I am a self-injurer and I cannot stop. If you or a loved one suffers or has suffered from self-injury, please take this opportunity to reach out to those suffering in silence. We want to hear your story. Make a youtube video about your struggle and send me an email to producer AT healthyplace.com . We will be playing these videos during the live show. Details on how the HealthyPlace TV Show works can be found here.

Make sure you read Dr. Harry Croft’s blog post which describes self-harm in greater detail and I look forward to your participation in our next live show Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. Besides the first-half segment on SI, during the second half of the show, you’ll have an opportunity to ask HealthyPlace.com Medical Director and Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

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Bipolar Disorder Show Notes

Bipolar Disorder Show Notes

Thanks to all of you who tuned into our first live broadcast Tuesday evening! The HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show topic was “The Devastating Effects of Untreated Bipolar Disorder.”

I want to formally extend my appreciation to Ted, our first guest, who
courageously came forward to share his story with all of us. Dr. Croft, Medical Director of HealthyPlace.com and co-host of the TV show, also shared some great information about bipolar disorder. If you missed the show, don’tt worry! You can still view the show in it’s entirety by clicking the on-demand button at the bottom of the player.

During the show, we played two clips from Ted’s documentary about his struggle with bipolar disorder. One viewer, Janice, wrote in to say “Ted really went through a lot during the time he went untreated. I was really impressed how his wife stood by him and later took an active role in his recovery.” Another viewer, Devon27, noted Ted was inspiring because he was so real in not only admitting his own shortcomings, but how having bipolar disorder impacted his family members. Devon27 says “my dad has bipolar disorder. I wish the knowledge of the illness that’s available today was around 20 years ago. He made my life very unpleasant. I sent him a link to the show.”

Visit the HealthyPlace.com Bipolar Community if you are looking for more information on the signs, symptoms, causes and treatments of bipolar disorder. And if you are looking for bipolar support, I encourage you to join us on the HealthyPlace.com Support Network.

NAMI
and the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance also offer face-to-face support groups in many cities around the country.

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