Behavioral Health Blog

Could You Benefit From Psychiatric Medication Management?

The word ‘psychiatric’ can often be misinterpreted or evoke feelings of fear in those who don’t understand fully what it means, and the same can be said of ‘psychiatric medication management’. However, if you’ve been recommended for a psychiatric assessment by your doctor or therapist, understanding what that means, how a psychiatric practitioner can help you, and what psychiatric medication is, should minimize your…

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Can Feelings Of Guilt Sometimes Be The Cause Of Depression?

There can be many causes of depression - each of which will vary depending on the individual – but if you’ve been feeling inexplicably low and can’t quite put your finger on why, it might be that you’re feeling guilty about something. Guilt explained: Guilt is when you feel embarrassed or regretful about being the reason behind a negative action or event – recent…

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Tell Your Employer That You’re Mentally Unwell??

This can be a difficult area for many of us, and indeed, for employers, too. As an employee, of course you want to be productive while at work and fulfill your role to the best of your ability, but if you are suffering from a mental illness, then you may be entitled to certain accommodations. As an employer, you may want to be sympathetic…

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Are You Worried That You May Be Self-Medicating?

Social pressures, longing to escape reality, reactions to stress, trying to forget a recent trauma, and even curiosity, can all be reasons why people turn to drugs or alcohol. Some may also be trying to manage the side effects of other drugs or medication that their doctor has prescribed them or trying to reduce the symptoms of a mental illness. When the term ‘self-medicating’…

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Coping With Bereavement When Suffering From Depression

Grief will enter all our lives at some point or another, but if you’re suffering from depression, the pain of losing someone that you love can feel like too much to bear. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, sometimes acceptance of the fact that you are hurting and have every right to do so can help you find ways to…

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When the Pressure To Feel Happy can make You Feel Depressed

Mostly in life, if we are feeling happy or excited about something, we receive positive reinforcement from those around us, and our emotion is celebrated. Nothing wrong with being happy about a promotion at work, or being excited about taking a trip somewhere, all perfectly normal. The same cannot be said if we are feeling sad, however: this emotional state is sometimes punished by…

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Coping With Workplace Bullying

Nobody likes a bully, right? But sadly, many of us will have to deal with them at some point in our working lives and depending on the nature and severity of the bullying, we may need to seek outside help to deal with it.   Workplace Bullies and What They Do Bullies in the workplace often use the same set of intimidatory and manipulative…

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Understanding Your Dual Diagnosis

Substance abuse, alcoholism or drug addiction are just as common as mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, and some people experience both at the same time. When this happens, the term ‘co-occurring disorder’ or ‘dual diagnosis’ is often used to describe it, and the consequences of living with such a diagnosis can be tough for anyone. However, if you’re suffering…

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You’ve Been Diagnosed With A Mental Illness…Now What??

If you’ve just been professionally diagnosed with a mental illness, you may not know quite what you’re supposed to do next. A wide range of emotions may be commonly felt at this point, and while some may feel relieved to have been diagnosed, others may feel angry, ashamed, embarrassed or just downright miserable. That said, whatever your diagnosis, and however it has made you…

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The Effects Of Stress Upon Our Sleep Patterns

Based upon the results of multiple sleep related surveys carried out in recent years, we’re not getting the amount of sleep that we ideally need. While some people can cope with less sleep than others, most are still not meeting the recommended requirements, and as a result, may struggle to function and remain as mentally and physically sound as possible. The reasons behind this…

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