Bebe Moore Campbell, an African American author and journalist, did everything in her power to make sure that her daughter had access to the mental health treatment she needed. During her efforts, Bebe realized that minorities face a variety of challenges in getting adequate mental health care. She knew that something had to change, and she wanted to raise awareness of those issues.
Every April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an opportunity for people to raise awareness regarding the tragedy of child abuse. National Childhood Abuse Prevention Month started in 1983, and ever since, the campaign has been a key component in the fight to protect children.
One of the main slogans of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is that “Everyone can make great childhoods happen—especially you, especially now!” Even by simply raising awareness regarding child abuse, anyone can be a part of the... Continue reading →
Anyone can become a victim of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It may be a singular event, like witnessing a death, or a constant state of fear, such as being in an abusive relationship. It can be a man-made event or a survived natural disaster that continues to haunt you.
Post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans must address all of these types of issues. Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute (GBHI) recognizes the unique situations that beset soldiers. Our trauma-informed treatment programs use a whole-person approach to help veterans and their loved ones learn how to live with PTSD.
Recognizing PTSD... Continue reading →
Let’s face it. The holidays are all about excess. Lights, colors, gifts, travel, parties, food, drink, and celebration. Sometimes there is an unspoken pressure on those in recovery, or just non-drinkers in general, to join the fun by imbibing with the crowd, as if they cannot possibly be having fun without it. This is one of the reasons why the holidays are difficult for people with addictions.
Review Your Triggers
As part of your recovery, you have probably already identified and discussed your triggers with counselors, medical professionals, and perhaps even in group sessions. When dealing with addictions during the... Continue reading →
Self-care is such a misunderstood concept. If you’re an introvert, you may be used to being misunderstood as well, but the fact is that you need self-care to truly thrive — and even survive — in life. Self-care is the most effective way to reduce stress in your life and reduce stress-related issues that can impact your quality of life and your overall health. It can also help introverts recharge after social situations. Below are some of the best ways that you can begin incorporating more self-care into your regular health and wellness habits.
Find a Fitness Routine That Will Provide Some Alone Time
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Dreaming about retirement is a common dream for many people. Retirement is generally seen as the part of your life that you’ll be able to do all the things you’ve wanted to. However, this dream isn’t shared by all.
With many baby boomers reaching retirement, an alarming number of this generation is beginning to struggle with retirement depression with one in every seven boomers currently being treated for depression. The number of baby boomers with depression is estimated to... Continue reading →
Suicide is a tragedy that touches many lives and leaves people with a lot of unanswered questions. People who have lost a loved one to suicide often think back on what they might have missed, what warning signs they could have seen, or what behavioral healthcare they might have sought. While there are many different causes and reasons behind suicide, there are common warning signs that can help people know more about how to prevent suicides.
Recognizing common warning signs of suicidal thoughts... Continue reading →
There is something special about running a race, hosting an event, and supporting an important cause. It is common practice for participants, volunteers, and supporters to wear colored ribbons, known as awareness ribbons. Colored ribbons can foster unity among a group of people and help bring awareness to important topics or concerns.
Worldwide, 7.9 million people have co-occurring conditions; they struggle with both a substance abuse problem as well as a mental health disorder. At Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, we recognize this complex situation and have treatments designed to treat them together, rather than as separate issues.
What Is Chemical Dependency?
You can be a substance user without being chemically dependent, but, according to the... Continue reading →
Most people equate Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, with autumn and winter when the sky is grey and the weather is cold. It is even referred to as the “winter blues.” But there is another, less common type of seasonal affective disorder that rears its ugly head in the spring and summer seasons.
This form of SAD disorder is called summer depression and it may have something to do with the changes in the amount of sunlight the body is soaking up or even the fact that your normal routine has been disrupted by school ending. Here are four tips on how to cope during a time of the year when... Continue reading →