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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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How to Support a Partner Experiencing Depression

How to Support a Partner Experiencing Depression 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Depression affects millions of people, both men and women, each year. This makes it likely that at some point in your relationship, you might find that your partner is experiencing symptoms of depression.  This can be a challenging time for both of you. Depression is hard for the person experiencing it, but it can also cause strain in a relationship and leave the person not experiencing depression unsure of what to do and how to help. While you do not need to be an expert in psychology, knowing a few tips on how to support your partner through depression can…

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Benefits of Virtual Psychiatry

Benefits of Virtual Psychiatry 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

As a result of changes in the medical industry during COVID and advances in communications technology, virtual healthcare is likely here to stay. For clients seeking psychiatry and mental health care services, telepsychiatry offers many benefits that can be extremely valuable in helping you get the customized care that you need. Why Consider Telepsychiatry in Dallas Psychiatry can provide solutions to a range of different problems. It can help with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and a range of other disorders that can be difficult, if not impossible, to cope with on your own. While in-person psychiatry has long provided solutions…

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Interesting New Findings on the Relationship Between Serotonin and Depression 

Interesting New Findings on the Relationship Between Serotonin and Depression  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

The human brain is an intensely complex space. For years, scientists have been studying the workings of the brain at the psychological level – the thoughts and feelings the brain produces – and a chemical level – the structures and neurotransmitters that led to those thoughts. For several decades now, scientists have understood the cause of depression to be low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But a review of past research published last month has introduced the hypothesis that this may not always be the case, potentially changing the way we treat depression. Understanding the Link Between Neurotransmitters and Low…

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How Different Brain Activity Can Influence a PTSD Response 

How Different Brain Activity Can Influence a PTSD Response  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a response that can develop after a person lives through a life threatening or other harrowing situation. It is commonly seen in veterans, car crash survivors, survivors of natural disasters, and those who have lived through abuse. PTSD can cause anxiety symptoms, panic attacks, and cause survivors to feel like they are reliving past experiences. But not everyone who goes through a life threatening situation will develop PTSD afterward. People may also develop PTSD in some cases but not in others. Scientists are continually studying the relation between traumatic experiences and who develops…

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Differences in Clinical Depression Symptoms Between Men and Women

Differences in Clinical Depression Symptoms Between Men and Women 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Depression affects both men and women, but the way the different genders individually experience depression in terms of symptoms and coping skills will often vary. This is due to a few factors, including genetics, the ways the brain processes information, experiences, and societal expectations for men and women.  The separate symptoms add to the challenge of knowing that you may have depression and realizing that you need to take the first step toward getting treatment.  Gendered Symptoms and Coping Mechanisms of Depression What a person experiences when they have depression is almost always highly individual from person to person, but…

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Anxiety and Alcohol: Why Trying to Treat Anxiety with Alcohol Makes Problems Worse 

Anxiety and Alcohol: Why Trying to Treat Anxiety with Alcohol Makes Problems Worse  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

For a long time, alcohol has been called “liquid courage.” Some people like it as a go to solution when faced with a situation that triggers nerves or fear, and many people do find, at least initially, that taking a drink of alcohol after a stressful day or drinking before a social situation can reduce some feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, alcohol is far from the effective anxiety treatment that it may initially seem when you begin drinking. Regular alcohol consumption can in fact make your anxiety worse. This is how the science behind anxiety can affect you and why it…

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Understanding Comorbidity from a Mental Health Standpoint 

Understanding Comorbidity from a Mental Health Standpoint  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Comorbidity occurs when a person suffers from two illnesses at the same time. They can be both chronic illnesses that affect your physical health, a mental health issue and a physical health issue, or two or more mental health conditions that impact you simultaneously. One of the most common comorbidity combinations in mental health is a mood disorder, like depression or bipolar disorder, combined with a substance abuse problem. These form a complex pairing in which both will continue to exacerbate the effects of the other, creating a cycle of depression and dependence that can be extremely difficult to break…

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