This in-depth guide takes a look at:
I. The diagnostic criteria and symptoms of depression
II. The medical-psychological-biological construct used in determining the underlying cause of depression and anxiety
III. Insight into when medications are and are not appropriate
IV. A look at many of the treatment options available
V. Strategies and lifestyle modification tips
Important and helpful things to know when starting an antidepressant along with answers to frequently asked questions.
A look at some of the many reasons providers do not like to prescribe benzodiazepines and why they are often contraindicated for use with anxiety.
More articles coming soon
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline “is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI promotes itself as the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Their website offers an incredible amount of information on a variety of mental health topics and medications. They provide educational services and advocate for mental health policy enchancements. NAMI Helpline: 800-950-6264 / NAMI Crisis Support: TEXT NAMI to 741741.
Smart Recovery: Smart Recovery promotes itself as an abstinence-oriented, science-based recovery program for addiction. They offer local and online meeting groups, worksheets, videos, podcasts, articles, and exercises all free of charge.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous promotes itself as an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Find local groups and learn about the 12-step program.
Narcotics Anonymous: Narcotics Anonymous is essentially the Alcoholics Anonymous for drugs instead of alcohol. Find local groups or learn about the 12-step program.
A quick overview of bipolar disorder. Created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Length: 1 minute
An overview of Post-traumatic stress disorder. Created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Length: 4 Minutes
“This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction — research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong and why this can have a dramatic impact on our ability to make proper choices.”
Speaker: Dr. Kevin McCauley Length: 80 Minutes
A quick overview of schizophrenia. Created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Length: 1 minute
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