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How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

Autism (now known as autism spectrum disorder) treatments in the United States are changing and new autism treatments are available. Autism is one of the most prevalent mental conditions affecting both children and adults in the United States today. The amount of diagnoses has skyrocketed in recent years from an estimated 1 in 166 during 2006, to an estimated 1 in 68 today. As we learn more about how autism works and affects individuals, autism treatment has changed markedly in the United States. Here is a look at some of the different and most changed autism treatment methods.

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The Difference between Psychiatry and Social Work

The Difference between Psychiatry and Social Work

The difference between psychiatry and social work is important to understand. The work that psychiatrists and social workers do is very laudable. They give of themselves and help people who are in their worst circumstance to have the best outcome in life. At times, it may seem like the work that psychiatrists do and the work that social workers do is one in the same. And while there are times where both fields cross paths, there is a difference between social work and psychiatry.

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ADDYI Approved: A Pink-Letter Day for Women’s Sexual Health

ADDYI Approved: A Pink-Letter Day for Women’s Sexual Health

Tuesday, August 18, will stand as a pink-letter day for women’s sexual health with the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Addyi (flibanserin), the first drug to treat low sexual desire in women. As one of the investigators who performed studies that ultimately resulted in this action, I am particularly excited about the approval of this medication. I was privileged to be available to present information to the FDA advisory committee that recently voted 18 to 6 to recommend approval to the FDA. The approval of Addyi was a long time coming.

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It’s Critical to Be an Advocate for Those with Mental Illness

It’s Critical to Be an Advocate for Those with Mental Illness

People with mental illnesses who end up in a psychiatric facility badly need advocates to protect them from mistakes when they can't protect themselves.

There has been so much in the news recently about the lack of decent care in psychiatric facilities. Our system is suffering and taking the people who need it the most down with it. I had read about this and seen the news stories but I never imagined it would happen to my son, in the small psychiatric facility right in my own backyard.

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Finding the Right Substance Abuse Recovery Center

Finding the Right Substance Abuse Recovery Center

It is one thing to accept that you need help—it’s another to find a substance abuse recovery center that matches with your, unique self. You want to find one that focuses on your type of addiction, gender and age, while also providing a tailored treatment plan that specifically fits your needs. Finding the right recovery center, metaphorically, is much like strolling through stores for the right pair of pants. Thousands are out there, but few are the perfect fit for you.

So which recovery center holds the key to your success? Start by investigating the principles required for an effective rehabilitation program and the various models that exist within them. These can include in- and out-patient care facilities and holistic vs. medication approaches.

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Understanding Your Loved One’s Psychiatric Care

Understanding Your Loved One’s Psychiatric Care

Have you ever felt confused by the psychiatric care of your loved one? If so, you are not alone. Most families are uninformed about the system, what to expect, and who to trust. There are 4 important factors involved in receiving psychiatric care that all families should be aware of.

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Mental Health Medication Changes Require Doctor’s Input

Mental Health Medication Changes Require Doctor’s Input

Are you looking for an all-expense paid holiday in the mental health ward of your nearest hospital?

If that doesn’t sound like something that appeals to you, then I wouldn’t make any changes to your mental health medications without your doctor’s supervision.

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Putting the Behavior in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Putting the Behavior in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, especially the behavior aspect, does a great job in relieving depression. How can it work when you're unmotivated? Check this out.

Since the inception of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychologists have known that your behavior is vital in treating depression successfully. And, if you’ve ever been depressed, you know that a hallmark symptom of depression is having no motivation or desire to do anything–even things you previously enjoyed. You just can’t imagine feeling any sense of satisfaction or enjoyment, and the problem is, you’re partially correct! Anhedonia (lack of ability to experience pleasure) and amotivation (lack of motivation) are two of the most debilitating symptoms of depression because they keep you from doing the things that would make you feel better.

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Mental Health Services, Campaigns Ignore Parents, Families

Mental Health Services, Campaigns Ignore Parents, Families

About 7.7 million adults and 20% of children and adolescents suffer from severe mental illness. Severe mental illness is chronic and requires sustained treatment. Mental health has become the most politically charged topic of today but despite attention, one population remains unrecognized.

The overwhelming neglect of parents, families, and caregivers is what led me to write my first book. I have always been aware of systemic barriers. But I wasn’t aware of the great divide between parents, families, and caregivers and mental health professionals, services, or even advocacy groups. (Parents of Mentally Ill Children Have a Long and Difficult Journey)

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Mental Health Therapy Myths and Misconceptions

Mental Health Therapy Myths and Misconceptions

Misconceptions and myths about mental health therapy abound and sadly keep many people from getting the mental health help they want and need. For some of these mental health therapy myths and the reasons behind them, read ahead.

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