What Is Adult ADHD and What Can I Do About It?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often thought of as a childhood illness, yet up to 70% of children with ADHD will have significant ADHD symptoms as an adult.  That is, at least 4.4% of adults will have prominent ADHD symptoms affecting their functioning. The true number may be up to double that amount.  It can be a truly debilitating condition that not only affects the ADHD adult patient, but also their family members [...]

Battling Stigma in Mental Health to Access Treatment

Psychiatric disorders have a substantial impact in the United States. Up to 25% of all Americans have a diagnosable mental disorder. Up to half of all mental health disorders start before 14 years of age and three quarters by 24 years of age. It places a heavy burden on US society. Serious mental illness cost Americans $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. Adults in the US living with serious mental illness die [...]

One View of Spirituality and Mental Health

People are more than the sum of their parts. Various aspects of oneself might contribute to a sense of wholeness. These include, but are not limited to: physical, emotional, vocational, intellectual, relational, and spiritual. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my role is to come alongside people in their journey to assist them in exploring and integrating aspects of their life, increasing their sense of wellness. Discussion and understanding of mental health issues has [...]

Reducing the Stigma of Going to See a Mental Health Therapist – What are the Facts?

Many people remain confused about very basic facts and information regarding mental health concerns.  One important fact about mental illness is that it is not rare. Nearly every one of us is affected by mental health issues directly or indirectly. Another fact is that the majority of people who have mental health issues respond effectively to intervention, leading productive and satisfying lives. Many people assume that people with mental illness will never get [...]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Men

Both males and females can develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with exposure to traumatic events.  This article is about PTSD and men, in particular.  PTSD affects up to 4% of all men in the United States. It is a very debilitating medical condition that negatively impacts men who experienced traumatic experiences. Rates of PTSD are higher among war veterans and first responders (such as police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel). Men who experience [...]

Navigating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Insurance

Finding out weeks, even months after your Mental Health (MH) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) appointment, that you have an outstanding balance because your insurance company is not in-network with your provider or that you have a deductible, can be a financial hardship. Knowing what your particular insurance plan covers ahead of time can alleviate the unknown, claim denials, and balances that leave you, the policy holder, responsible for the payment. To know [...]

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