Anxiety Awareness

“Everyone gets nervous, it’s normal!” . . . “It’s all in your head.” . . . “Just breathe, you’ll be fine.” . . . Have you ever heard one of these responses after admitting that you have been or are currently experiencing anxiety? Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable or uneducated when it comes to mental …

Alcohol Treatment Statistics and Relapse Information

Alcoholism, by definition, is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. Treating alcoholism includes several challenges, one of which being alcohol relapse. Alcohol relapse rates vary due to several distinct factors: financial difficulties, family dilemmas, education, employment, mental health disorders, limited social skills …

A look at the Most Commonly Abused Drugs in Florida

“Florida drug-induced deaths exceed the national rate.” –CDC The veil of normalcy dissolves when drug use turns into drug addiction and abuse. In 2007, nearly 2,936 people in Florida died as a direct consequence of drug use. Family members and close friends may begin to worry about changes in behavior, demeanor, appearance and performance, leading …

What is EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy treatment that allows individuals to heal from the physical symptoms, sensations and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories to bring these to a resolution. EMDR therapy shows that the …

What is PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when a person has experienced a traumatic event in which there was an actual or perceived threat of death or injury to themselves of another.  People with PTSD often re-live the traumatic event through distressing dreams, flashbacks, or by becoming agitated and/or hypervigilant around anniversaries or other dates …

Understanding Depression: What is Postpartum Depression?

The baby blues are no joking matter, and women worldwide know this if they have experienced the effects of postpartum depression (PPD) after giving birth. Hormonal and chemical changes, combined with a ton of physical changes, can leave mom feeling moody and overwhelmed, which is normal after childbirth but may be discouraging and cause a …