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DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

A significant gap exists between mental health professionals and the number of senior adults in need of their help. It’s estimated that there is only one geriatric psychiatrist for every 23,000 senior adults in the U.S. By 2030, that number is expected to be one for every

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD as it is commonly referred to, is a chronic, prolonged disorder in which people struggle with overwhelming, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that individuals need to repeat constantly.  OCD can manifest itself through symptoms with either obsessions or compulsions or the

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Depression: Statistics Show A Major Challenge

Depression: Statistics Show A Major Challenge

When it comes to depression, the numbers are well, depressing. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization named depression as the world’s most widespread illness—and shows little danger of losing the title anytime soon. According to WHO, the number of people with depression—a “persistent sadness and loss

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Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

An all-too-common stereotype is the grumpy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. But irritability and crankiness aren’t necessarily natural components of aging. In the elderly, they might be a sign to consider something more severe. Bipolar disorder, a chronic mental illness with a

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Midlife Weight Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Midlife Weight Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

A 2015 study found that gaining weight in midlife—defined as ages 40-60—can increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s yet another study that shows an increased risk in cognitive issues related to obesity. The study, conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and published in Molecular

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Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day.  The day we, together as a nation, celebrate our country’s freedom.  Fourth of July activities include enormous town and city celebrations or intimate backyard barbecues, homemade ice cream and the pop, crack and colors of fireworks.  While the explosion of fireworks may be festive for

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque Announces Expanded Programming for Younger Adults

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque Announces Expanded Programming for Younger Adults

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque is pleased to announce the expansion of their inpatient behavioral health services to serve adults 30 years and older effective immediately. Daily programming will include psychiatric assessment and treatment, dietary consultation, psychotherapy (individual and group), education for patients and families on diagnosis,

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Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

When the Alzheimer’s Association released new figures in 2017 about the disease, one figure stood out: 1. That is the number of diseases in the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States that do not have a cure or prevention—and cannot be slowed. This

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Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Abuse of the most vulnerable of society is unthinkable. But when it comes to elders, it is somewhat hidden. There is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse—making it difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is. A study by the National Institute of Justice found

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is commonly referred to, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an actual traumatic event or even the potential for a situation causing tremendous physical harm.  Many clinicians who diagnose PTSD refer to traumatic events as ones

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