The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes to everyday life. With new social distancing measures, lockdowns, and safety protocols, many people have needed to adapt to new routines. For some people, these changes have had a range of negative impacts on their mental health. In addition to stressors from the COVID-19 pandemic, people may also face seasonal depression at this time of year. The onset of seasonal depression typically starts in the late fall and early winter, and symptoms of seasonal depression persist until early spring. In the article below, we discuss the impacts that COVID-19 and seasonal depression can have on mental health. We also detail ways that... Continue reading →
Far too often, people do not get the mental health treatment they need. People may go without treatment for a variety of reasons, including a belief that treatment will not work for them and that recovery is impossible. In such cases, the person's mental health condition typically worsens, and their condition may soon become unmanageable.
Each September, National Recovery Month aims to spread the message that mental health treatment does work and that recovery from mental health conditions is possible. A person's mental health condition does not have to define the... Continue reading →
Many people experience episodes of trauma in their lives, and those experiences often have lasting effects. One area of a person’s life that trauma can impact is the person’s behavioral health. In some cases, a person may develop behavioral health issues due to the ongoing effects of trauma. In other cases, a person may find that his traumatic experiences impact his ability to take part in behavioral health treatment programs.
Trauma-informed care is a behavioral health treatment approach where clinicians consider the possible impact of trauma on each patient. In this post, we discuss the foundations of trauma-informed care and how trauma-informed care can... Continue reading →
Mental health advocates and organizations gather during National Suicide Prevention Week each year to raise awareness that suicide is preventable. The week occurs from September 6th to September 10th, and it ends on World Suicide Prevention Day.
In the spirit of National Suicide Prevention Week, we discuss suicide prevention strategies in this article. We share how an individual can identify a person at risk of... Continue reading →
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.
Mental health often takes the back burner when it comes to a man’s priorities. In most cases, men are affected by mental health issues just as frequently as women are. However, all too often, men decline to discuss their mental health and fail to seek treatment from trained professionals. Unfortunately, when a man does not address his struggle with mental health, the underlying mental health issues will worsen.
In this article, we discuss men’s mental health, including symptoms, common issues, and treatment options. We hope that by sharing information on men’s mental health, we can help men start... Continue reading →
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
When... Continue reading →