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Medication Assisted Therapy: What to Know About Psychiatrists vs. Psychotherapists

Medication Assisted Therapy: What to Know About Psychiatrists vs. Psychotherapists 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

There are many ways to approach treating your mental health, and many treatment providers that can support you during your recovery process. One reason that many people in the Dallas metro area choose psychiatrists is because only psychiatrists are able to provide both mental health medication and therapy to provide more complete support for your treatment. Some primary care doctors provide mental health medication, but this is not advised, as they’re not always trained to recognize the signs of mental health and the medications that a person may need. They also cannot provide therapy. Psychologists can provide therapy, but they…

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Neurotransmitters and Happiness: How to Influence Your Brain Chemistry

Neurotransmitters and Happiness: How to Influence Your Brain Chemistry 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Your body’s functioning is controlled by hormones. This includes the emotions you feel as well. When these hormones are present in the brain, they are called neurotransmitters and they play a role in making you feel happy, sad, stressed, and angry. The four neurotransmitters tied to happiness are serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. When something good happens, these neurotransmitters will flood your brain, making you feel content. Over time, the brain will reabsorb these neurotransmitters and the feelings will dissipate. When you can increase how often and how much neurotransmitters are released in the brain, you can often increase how…

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How to Be Happier – According to Science

How to Be Happier – According to Science 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Happiness is not a long term state, but rather one that fluctuates day to day, and even throughout the day. It is also not an emotion that is completely out of your control. While there are some factors of happiness that you cannot change, such as genetics and environment, about 40% of happiness is completely within your control. You can start changing your emotional state and working towards being happier by identifying what you can change and making alterations. These small steps – backed by scientific research – are easy ways to improve your happiness. Quick Ways to Be Happier …

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Psychiatrist for Anxiety Dallas: Why a Psychiatrist is the Best Choice for Your Care?

Psychiatrist for Anxiety Dallas: Why a Psychiatrist is the Best Choice for Your Care? 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

When you are facing an anxiety condition, you have multiple options available for your care in Dallas. Yet for many people, the leading solution is psychiatry. Psychiatry is focused on medication assisted treatment that relies on prescription medication to help manage anxiety symptoms.  But unlike a physician who can often still prescribe some mental health medications, a psychiatrist is specifically focused on mental health issues and is experienced with other treatment methods, such as psychotherapy. This makes a psychiatrist the right partner for anxiety treatment in Dallas.  How Anxiety Conditions Benefit from Psychiatric Care Anxiety treatment from a psychiatrist, like…

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New Study Shows that Eating Disorder Diagnoses Have Increased

New Study Shows that Eating Disorder Diagnoses Have Increased 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

The number of people seeking treatment for eating disorders has been increasing year over year for the past decades. For the most part, this has been at a pretty steady rate of slightly less than 1% per month. A new quantitative study found that this number jumped significantly in 2020 and 2021 when concerns over COVID and the effects of lockdowns and disruptions to day to day life were at their peak. This study offers some important insight into changes around eating disorders and expected experiences in the coming years.  Recent and Expected Rates of Eating Disorders This study specifically…

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Is Situational Depression Affecting You? 

Is Situational Depression Affecting You?  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Many people who experience depression feel that it begins without a specific event to trigger its onset, but others can pinpoint a specific moment that led to their feelings of sadness, stress, hopelessness, and a sense of being overwhelmed or unable to face the day. In many cases, this may be situational depression. Situational depression is considered an “adjustment disorder with depressed mood.” Since it is a different condition than clinical depression or other depressive disorders, it can be helpful to know how the symptoms you may experience differ from those commonly associated with depression and what steps you should…

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Anxiety That Manifests Physically

Anxiety That Manifests Physically 2560 1920 Aware Behavioral Health

Anxiety is a mental health condition. It is also the most common. Many people struggle with anxiety, and many of those people that do will qualify as having a mental health disorder. But it’s important to note that a “mental health disorder” doesn’t mean that your anxiety is strictly mental. While many of us understand that anxiety comes with worries and fears, as psychiatrists, we understand that there is more to anxiety than just thoughts, and that – for many – it is the physical symptoms of anxiety that cause the most distress. Causes of Physical Anxiety Symptoms The amygdala…

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New Anxiety Screening Guidelines – Underlining the Importance of Anxiety Treatment

New Anxiety Screening Guidelines – Underlining the Importance of Anxiety Treatment 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Anxiety in adults has been on the rise over the past years. From 2020 to 2021 alone, the number of anxiety cases has gone up by more than 5%. Much of this was due to a significant jump during COVID, but even independently of COVID, cases of anxiety – predominantly generalized anxiety disorder – have been on the rise. In response, a government task force last month published a recommendation that all adults under 65 regularly receive anxiety screening during their annual preventative care. Although not required, if your doctor participates in this anxiety screening by providing a short questionnaire…

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ADHD Signs in Adults 

ADHD Signs in Adults  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Because next month is ADHD Awareness Month, it is a good time to go over the signs and symptoms of ADHD. Very often, this mental health condition is underdiagnosed, particularly in adults. A significant reason for that is that the best-known symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are those that children experience. Those who struggle with ADHD as adults can experience the condition in different ways.  By knowing how ADHD most often presents, patients can conduct a self-screening process to determine if they are potentially living with ADHD, making it easier to then get the help they need. How ADHD…

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Should You See a Psychiatrist? 

Should You See a Psychiatrist?  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

When you are ill or in pain, the leading solution is often to go to the doctor who can provide medicine or another solution to help you mitigate the symptoms. So if you are having a problem that involves emotional issues, the ideal provider might be a psychiatrist. Understanding the role of a psychiatrist and how they can assist you can help answer the question of whether or not they are the best professional to treat your symptoms and diagnoses, or if you should turn to another health professional. What is a Psychiatrist?  A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes…

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