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Thursday, February 13, 2014
THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Americans seeking treatment for mental health disorders may be four to 16 times more likely to be infected with HIV than those in the general population, a new study reveals.
The findings emphasize the need to provide testing for HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — in mental health care facilities, the researchers said.
The study authors provided HIV testing to more than 1,000 people in Philadelphia and Baltimore who sought treatment for mental health problems such as depression, psychosis and substance abuse from January 2009 to August 2011
More than 38,000 Americans died by suicide in 2010, the most recent year for which we have national data. This makes suicide, once again, the tenth leading cause of death for all ages; the second leading cause of death for young adults ages 25 to 34.1 Despite changes in recent decades that might reasonably have been expected to reduce suicide rates—increased awareness about mental disorders, the availability of treatment, and community-based public health efforts aimed directly at preventing suicide—U.S. rates of suicide deaths have not decreased. In fact, suicide has proven stubbornly difficult to understand, to predict, and to prevent.
Have you ever noticed your respiration rate increase during periods of heightened anxiety? It’s okay if you have — it’s completely normal and part of the body’s fight-or-flight reaction.
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on February 1, 2014
Depression is a serious, debilitating illness that’s also one of the most commonly-diagnosed mental disorders. When you’re first diagnosed, you may feel both relief (finally, a name for your pain) and overwhelmed (what the heck do you do next?).
The Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to be thankful for all we have – a home, our health, family and food.
It is also a time to reflect on the work of those who seek to impove and better conditions of those around them. Here we single out three very different individuals who in their own way strive to make sure we have good food to eat, a healthy frame of mind in order to lead a productive life, and that we value and respect all families, despite their immigration status.
LGBT Affirmative Therapy
Affirmative therapy is:
an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients
Xiomara Sosa often finds herself thinking about the work that still needs to be done each Veterans Day.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Sosa, an Army veteran, began her military career in her early 20s in the Air Force. It was when she switched to the Army that she was offered a career at the Pentagon.
In my work as a mental health professional and a health and human services provider, I believe in practicing an integrative approach that bridges both mental health and physical health. Integrative health care combines an array of non-mainstream health care approaches with mainstream approaches in physical and mental health care. Clinical depression and clinical anxiety are both based on neuroscience as well as psycho-social factors. Therefore, incorporating integrative therapies and healing practices when providing intervention and treatment for both can be very effective for most clients.