Thursday, February 27, 2014
In Substance abuse // 2/27/2014 //
A recent study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine explored the possible associations between the use of of energy drinks and soft drinks and the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs among nationally representative samples of adolescents in the United States.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released their Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, 2013 report, as well as state-specific reports. The Behavioral Health Barometer: Mississippi, 2013 report provides information about substance use and mental health issues in our state and shows how we compare to the national averages.
Friday, February 21, 2014
We all experience stress, and many of us have learned to live with fairly high levels of stress. But it is important to recognize that excessive stress, especially when chronic in nature, is associated with a number of health-related problems, emotional difficulties, and reduced quality of life. Effective stress management is an important part of positive mental health.
Monday, February 17, 2014
In Parenting // 2/17/2014 //
Parenting is not easy, especially when facing challenging behaviors from your children. Here are ten tips for parents dealing with challenging behaviors (e.g., noncompliance, aggression, inappropriate play) from Dr. Bonnie Nicholson's Positive Parenting Research Team in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Southern Mississippi:
Friday, February 14, 2014
In Anxiety // 2/14/2014 //
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Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems. Different anxiety disorders involve different combinations of symptoms, but some of the more common include feelings of panic or fear, excessive worries that may be difficult to control, problems sleeping, tension, restlessness, and stress. Fortunately, many anxiety disorders respond well to treatment, and brief counseling can often provide relief for the symptoms of anxiety.
Now there is another reason why individuals experiencing chronic anxiety should consider seeking help. The American Heart Association's blog reports that a study published last year in Stroke and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health found that symptoms of anxiety were associated with an increased stroke risk. Thus, chronic untreated anxiety may be a risk factor for serious medical problems.
As we learn more about the relationship of various mental illnesses to other medical problems, the importance of seeking mental health treatment becomes clearer.