World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2024

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. What is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day? Each year on June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed to spread awareness of elder abuse and neglect with efforts to prevent it. A major goal of World Elder Abuse Day is to provide education pertaining to the social, cultural, demographic, and economic situations that impact elder abuse and neglect.  Elder abuse. An elder is anyone age 65 or older and elder abuse describes any intentional act or failure to act that causes a risk of harm to an older adult (CDC, 2024). A sad truth about elder abuse and neglect is that it often occurs at the hands of a caregiver or person the elder trusts. Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States with about 1 in 10 older adults over the age of 60 having experienced some form of it (CDC, 2024).  …

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7 Tips for Finding a Therapist in Los Angeles

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Finding a therapist in Los Angeles can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. There is an easier way, and it involves making the right connections. By contacting a treatment center and providing basic information, they can connect you with the best therapist. You can spend less time searching and more time focusing on the benefits of treatment. Finding a therapist in Los Angeles can be overwhelming due to the city’s vast size and numerous options. This uncertainty and multitude of choices can lead to frustration, especially for those already dealing with mental health challenges. Navigating this process without guidance can feel like an insurmountable barrier to receiving care. This article provides seven tips for finding a therapist in Los Angeles. Finding a Therapist in Los Angeles Finding a therapist in Los Angeles presents a unique challenge due to the city’s sheer size and the overwhelming number of available professionals. It is …

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What Does Ketamine Therapy Feel Like?

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What does ketamine therapy feel like? Ketamine therapy often induces a sense of deep relaxation and detachment from reality. Patients may experience vivid, dream-like visions and a feeling of floating. Emotions can range from euphoria to introspection. Sessions typically last about an hour, with lingering effects that can promote lasting relief from depressive symptoms. It is crucial to undergo this therapy under professional supervision for safety. Ketamine therapy is an innovative treatment that offers a unique experience for patients seeking relief from depression and other mental health conditions. During a session, individuals often report a profound sense of relaxation and detachment from their surroundings, akin to a dream-like state. This therapeutic process, conducted under professional supervision, can lead to significant emotional introspection and enduring symptom relief. This article provides a comprehensive overview to help answer one of the most common questions asked by individuals interested in ketamine therapy: what does …

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Maternal Mental Health Month 2024

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. Maternal Mental Health Month 2024 May is Maternal Mental Health Month, a national observance started by Mental Health America to bring attention to the mental health challenges that many mothers face. Mental Health America emphasizes that “new and expecting mothers face not only changes to their lifestyles, but also changes to their bodies and hormones. Each woman’s experience will be different. For some, accommodating the changes of pregnancy and having a baby may come easily – they will adopt new routines and their bodies will return to pre-pregnancy shape and chemistry with little difficulty. For others, there may be physical and mental health struggles that arise.” Maternal Mental Health Maternal mental health disorders typically occur in what is called the perinatal period, which includes the prenatal period, or time that a woman is pregnant. Additionally, mental health disorders often occur in the postpartum period, which is …

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National Mental Health Awareness Month 2024

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By Ashley Barnes, M.S. Mental Health Awareness Month 2024 May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a national observance that started all the way back in 1949 by Mental Health America to bring attention to the crucial nature of mental wellbeing. Across the United States, people and organizations raise awareness about the importance of mental health as well as mental health challenges that people face. About Mental Health According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health “includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood” (2024).  Mental health can be compromised by biological, genetic, or environmental factors – or a combination of all three. For example, if someone is genetically predisposed to …

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