Category Archives: General Psychiatry

A Dual Diagnosis: Depression & Substance Abuse

It’s tough to live with a mental illness without professional guidance, support, and coping techniques to soften the symptoms. Some days are so unbearable that an individual who is suffering may turn to drugs and alcohol, thinking these substances may temporarily ease the pain. When the side effects fade, the individual may feel stuck with… Read more »

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Have you ever been uncomfortable in a social situation and felt an urgency to seek solitude? This experience is more common than you may expect, affecting approximately 15 million adults across the nation. Living with social anxiety can make simple situations seem overwhelming, causing individuals to pass up job offers, new hobbies, potential relationships and… Read more »

Reality vs. Delusions – Living with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness that affects 51 million people worldwide. Most individuals who suffer from schizophrenia experience hallucinations that can range from loud voices encouraging the victim to harm themselves or others to visions of shadows; it can vary a lot from person to person.  Having schizophrenic thoughts can cause someone to become… Read more »

Depression – Defeating the Social Stigma

“I am so depressed!” This statement is used so often that we have become desensitized to its seriousness. Every one of us feels sad at times. When we are dealing with the loss of a loved one or common everyday struggles, we can feel overwhelmed, hopeless and alone but sometimes these feelings can become far… Read more »

5 Reasons for Group Therapy

Group therapy and mental health support groups have been beneficial to millions of people for more than 50 years. In fact, studies that compared group psychotherapy to individual therapy found that group therapy has been just as effective – and, in some cases, more effective. Group psychotherapy is a specific therapy in which a small number… Read more »