Understanding Impulse-Control Disorders

Understanding Impulse-Control Disorders

Impulsivity refers to a tendency to respond hastily to internal or external cues. For instance, impulsive people tend to speak as soon as a thought occurs to them.  Or to purchase an item immediately and spontaneously, with little internal debate about the quality,...
Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Addiction

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Addiction

According to Luna Greenstein at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as intuitive as the term “dual diagnosis” may seem, it actually doesn’t mean having two mental health conditions. Dual diagnosis (also referred to as a co-occurring disorder) is a term...
Prolonged Grief and Its Treatment

Prolonged Grief and Its Treatment

Each year, in California alone, a quarter of a million people die.  In the US as a whole, three million do. As these statistics suggest, many of us will, at some point in our lives, lose a loved one and experience grief. From normal to prolonged grief Grief refers to...
Schizophrenia – Myths and Facts

Schizophrenia – Myths and Facts

According to Stephanie Watson with WebMD, there’s a lot of incorrect information about schizophrenia. Some of it is spread by movies or TV shows. Or sometimes, people use stereotypes when talking about this mental illness. Schizophrenia is a serious mental...
Psychotherapy or Medication, or Both?

Psychotherapy or Medication, or Both?

How do I choose between medication and psychotherapy? According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), medications, psychotherapy, and their combination have been shown to help people with emotional or behavioral...
Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep and Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation in the United Kingdom stated that we all need to sleep well to help our bodies recover from the day and to allow healing to take place, but a lot of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. One in three of us suffers from poor sleep, and...
Treating Problem Gambling

Treating Problem Gambling

Anyone who has been to a casino or visited Las Vegas knows gambling is popular. And while many people engage in it occasionally and without experiencing adverse effects, gambling may become habit-forming for certain individuals.  In other words, it can become...
Mental Health and the Entertainment Industry

Mental Health and the Entertainment Industry

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), one in five adults will experience or have experienced a mental health struggle. In 2019, this individual represented 19.1% of U.S. adults – that is to say about 47.6 million living with a mental illness. Now,...