mental health treatment


EMDR therapy: What is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing? And how does it work?

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and it is a psychotherapy approach that is primarily used to treat trauma-related disorders and emotional distress. Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR has gained recognition as an effective treatment for various mental health issues, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder…

Psychotropic medications: What types of medications are psychotropic, and what are their uses and risks?

Psychotropic medications sound complicated, but the term refers to any drug that has an effect on the brain. Psychotropic medications come in many different forms, with different usages and modes of functionality.  Even though we might jump straight to pharmaceutical drugs when we hear the word “psychotropic,” the truth is…

Contamination OCD: What are the signs, symptoms, and treatment options?

When it comes to getting sick from what we eat or touch, we know to avoid certain things—especially in a post-pandemic world. From experience, science, or what we’ve been taught since childhood, avoiding contaminated products is often second nature.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t take things too far, which…

What is schizophrenia? Early warning signs, behavioral traits, at-risk groups, and treatment

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that affects less than 1% of Americans.  Symptoms of schizophrenia are often severe and can include hallucinations, non-linear speech and thought patterns, as well as mood swings and social challenges. While there is no current cure, psychiatric medication forms the backbone of treatment…

Adult ADHD treatment: Medication, therapy options, lifestyle adjustments, and dietary changes

People of all ages can have ADHD, but specific treatment options apply to each age group. For adults, the medications, therapies, and lifestyle adjustments will be different than for adolescents or children. Like other mental health conditions, treatment options will be adapted to fit the needs of the individual.  Some…

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