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Destructive Coping Mechanisms in Front Line Medical Professionals

Healthcare Worker in PPE

Never have our front-line medical professionals been subject to such high levels of stress on the job, which can affect their ability to function both at work and in personal relationships. The link between stress in the medical field and addictive behavior is clear. However, addictions can come in many forms, and non-substance abusing habits can often be destructive as well.

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Stress Management at The Front Lines of Medicine

Stress management is an important issue in our modern world, and some occupations are more acutely associated with stress than others. First responders like our EMTs nurses and doctors, especially with the current COVID-19 crisis, face enormous levels of stress daily. Without optimum stress management, these frontline medical professionals are vulnerable to the effects of stress, which can be extremely damaging to their physical and mental health.

Stressed Man With Head in Hands

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Substance Abuse Treatment Must Continue Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

With coronavirus and related shutdowns dominating the headlines over the past few weeks, it can be difficult to see past that and remember that many of the societal crises that were top of mind just a couple months ago, still exist. One of these is the extreme rise in opioid addiction and overdose that the United States has been experiencing for the past few years. As we refocus on this new and exotic medical threat to our society, the substance abuse and addiction has taken a backseat. Well there’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic needs to be dealt with immediately, ignoring the very real and continuing scourge of addiction is at our own risk.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

As we approach the month of May, which is the official Mental Health Awareness Month, we find ourselves talking more openly about mental illness. Doctors, neurosurgeons, and professionals from all over the globe are constantly testing, researching and trying to understand what creates mood disorders, chemical imbalances , and personality disorders. While science is trying to break through the complexities of the brain, we are here doing everything we can to bring the suffering to light. Every year, we continue a movement toward destigmatizing and decriminalizing those who suffer from mental illness. After all, one in four people will suffer…

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Where Does the Stigma in Mental Health Come From?

    Taking the first step in admitting you have a mental health problem and need help can be difficult. The stigmas surrounding mental health can make it even harder. Mental health stigmas often lead to various forms of exclusion or discrimination at work and within your circle of family and friends. Stigmatizing beliefs about mental health are shared by a wide range of individuals within society, regardless of if they know someone with a mental health condition. Adolescents with mental health problems may face stigmatized behaviors from family, peers, teachers, and school staff. Adults may experience stigma from friends,…

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Social Media and Mental Health

In the past ten years, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn have profoundly changed the way we interact and communicate with others. Facebook alone has over a billion active users, and the number of people using it is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years.

The widespread use of social media in today’s society has led to a large body of preliminary research into the impact of social networking on our mental health, a controversial subject due to the relatively recent explosion of social media usage and the challenges faced by researchers delving into this new territory.

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Gun Control and Mental Health: Taking Aim at More Important Issues

Gun legislation is an active topic in nearly every state in America. Existing laws are being challenged or expanded, and new laws are being proposed that would either restrict or increase the rights of gun owners. Both anti-gun and pro-gun activists are feverishly presenting their arguments, while the various lobbyists plead their cases in the state legislative systems.

Recently, one state senator in Florida garnered headlines as the gun owner who single-handedly killed two of the National Rifle Association’s top bills.

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Important Mental Health Reform Passes in Florida

Progress in System Reform
In 2015 there were more bills filed in Florida on mental health initiatives than in the seven prior years combined. After disappointing attempts to pass improved mental health legislation, reinvigorated efforts have yielded encouraging results in early 2016. On February 18, the Florida legislature unanimously passed two important bills dealing with mental health, substance abuse and treatment.

One bill focused on providing easier access to mental health services for patients. This will help ensure those in need of treatment will be able to get it.

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The Relationship Between Manic Depression, Suicide and Addiction

If you have a loved one with manic depression who also suffers from a substance use disorder, you probably know all too well the self-destructive behaviors associated with these co-occurring illnesses, including an increased risk of attempted suicide.

The most important thing you can do to help your loved one is to understand how manic depression, addiction, and suicide are related and what the research says about the best way to treat someone with these co-occurring disorders. Once you arm yourself with this information, you’ll likely find a renewed sense of hope, and that alone can help both you and your loved one approach treatment with a positive state of mind that will help improve the chances of long-term recovery.

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Psychology and Addiction Recovery

When a loved one abuses drugs or alcohol, it raises concerns about her health and future. Since drug abuse stems from multiple causes like traumatic experiences, mental health disorders or even physical accidents, a treatment program must evaluate the needs of each individual before creating a plan of action.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) states that an effective treatment program assists with the emotional and psychological needs of a loved one. Psychology plays a key role in addiction recovery because it helps a loved one learn valuable skills to avoid addiction and substance abuse in the future.

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