Behavioral Health Blog

man receiving dialectic therapy

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: What Is It and Does It Work? Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is particularly effective for people with certain mental health conditions. Although developed to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), this form of therapy has been modified to help people with many other disorders as well. Typically, DBT consists of one-on-one…

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Independent Medical Examination Rights in Georgia

Independent Medical Examination Rights in Georgia Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) are psychiatrist examinations that help settle insurance and legal disputes. During these appointments, a psychiatrist who the patient has never seen before examines the patient in order to answer medical questions about the case. IME patients see medical professionals who specialize in the type of medicine relevant to the injury or illness in question.…

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patient undergoing neuropsychological testing

How to Prepare for Neuropsychological Testing

How to Prepare for Neuropsychological Testing Neuropsychology studies the interactions between the physical structures in the brain and a person’s psychology. The science has been around since the 1950s, when imaging the brain became possible. New leaps in imaging technology encouraged rapid growth in neuropsychological testing in recent years. Today, these tests can help patients with many ailments, including: Mood disorders Developmental delays Autism…

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Signs It’s Time to Adjust Mental Health Medications

Signs It’s Time to Adjust Mental Health Medications Psychiatric medications are essential to many treatment plans. Antidepressants, stimulants, anti-anxiety drugs, and antipsychotics can provide relief from many different types of mental illnesses. The need for these medications is so great that one out of every six adults in the United States takes some types of medication for their mental health.While psychiatric medications can save…

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Anxiety in the LGBTQ Community

People in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community continue to face higher rates of mental health disorders than the general population. People who have any of these identities are more likely to have anxiety disorders, for example. As society at large works to create a more loving environment for these individuals, it is important to spread awareness about this issue.People who…

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girl at school suffering from social anxiety

What Is Social Anxiety?

What Is Social Anxiety? Most people have felt awkward in a social situation at one point or another. Maybe they didn’t know many people at the party or felt uncomfortable in the clothes they wore. But people with social anxiety, or social phobia, feel so uncomfortable that they avoid social interactions as much as possible. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about…

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man with health anxiety reading webmd

How to Handle Anxiety About Your Health

How to Handle Anxiety About Your Health You get a headache and immediately search for information about brain tumors. Or perhaps you feel dizzy one day and spend the whole night worrying about it. Even if a doctor tells you everything looks fine, you still cannot shake the feeling that you may have or develop a serious illness. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re…

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woman suffering from comorbid disorders

How Comorbid Disorders Affect OCD

How Comorbid Disorders Affect OCD 90% of people who have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also live with another mental health disorder, known as a comorbid disorder. Some of the most common comorbid disorders with OCD are: Anxiety disorders Types of depression Eating disorders Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) It’s important for people with OCD and their loved ones to recognize the symptoms of comorbid disorders. Understanding…

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child with ocd

Does Your Child Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Does Your Child Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Approximately one in 100 children lives with a condition called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While OCD is a serious and chronic mental health disorder, treatments can help children with OCD live full and happy lives. Parents who are aware of this disorder, its symptoms, possible causes and treatment options can help their children if they develop the disorder. Symptoms…

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woman suffering from seasonal depression

Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder? Although the fall and winter months are filled with holiday cheer for many people, this time of year can be much harder for others. Every year, millions of people across the country experience low moods and other depressive symptoms during the coldest, darkest months. For some people, this condition is more than just the “winter blues.” It’s a…

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