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The Pharmacology of Antidepressant Medications

July 31, 2019
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Evidence-based psychiatric treatment relies on trust between physicians and their clients to find the best solutions possible for dealing with mental illness. Clients should be receptive to medications that can improve mood and quality of life while their doctors make a medication choice based on the client’s personal history, diagnosis, and lifestyle that has the…

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Sleep and Brain Health

June 26, 2019
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We all struggle through times when sleep is in short supply: when college exams, a new baby, or a financial worry prevent us from getting a peaceful night’s rest. But research continues to uncover the consequences of regularly missing out on healthy sleep and the potential perils of sleeping too much. Sleep seems to be…

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What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

May 28, 2019
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For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work—all of which can provide great stepping stones towards personal growth and achievement later in life. When it…

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7 Ways Skyland Trail Attacks Treatment-Resistant Depression

March 27, 2019
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Roughly one-third of people with major depressive disorder are affected by treatment-resistant depression, also known as TRD.

Specialized, evidence-based treatment can help people battling treatment-resistant depression reduce their symptoms, improve functioning, and feel better.

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Onset of Mental Illness: First Signs and Symptoms in Young Adults

March 14, 2018
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You may think that once you’re out of high school, you’re finished growing up. Physically, you’re probably as tall as you will ever get, and from this point forward, you may remain the same overall size throughout much of your adult life. Whether you head off to college or out to make your own way…

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A Brighter Outlook on Depression

February 12, 2018
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What is major depression? Major depressive disorder, also called major depression or unipolar depression, is a serious mood disorder with severe symptoms that can interfere with a person’s ability to handle daily activities, relationships, and work or school responsibilities. Major depression affects about 6.7 percent of U.S. adults in a given year. To be diagnosed…

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6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

December 12, 2017
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Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Primary Counselor, Luke Smith, LMSW shares tips on ways to stay socially connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. Plan ahead and reach out. If this is your first…

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5 Tips for Parenting with a Depression Dignosis

September 13, 2017
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Parenting can be hard at the best of times. When you’re struggling with depression, you might feel like you can’t provide the care and support your children need. There are many things you can do to make caring for your children a little easier while you treat your own depression. On days when you feel like…

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4 Differences Between CBT and DBT and How to Tell Which is Right for You

August 27, 2017
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Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for a number of mental illnesses. One of the most common types of therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also called talk therapy, CBT focuses on talking about your problems to help you frame your thoughts differently. If you feel like negative thoughts are always in…

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Understanding Midlife Depression

April 17, 2017
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The first episode of mood disorders like bipolar illness and major depressive disorder typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. However many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older begin to struggle with depression in new ways as an older adult. Medical problems and the losses we experience as we age can affect how we view ourselves and how we relate to…

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