Child Abuse

“Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4,” (Childhelp, 2010). Child abuse is a very serious issue in today’s society and it is impacting more and more children as the years pass. There are four major types of abuse: Physical: […]

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How a Struggling Economy Affects Mental Health

When an economy starts to weaken, it causes more stress for the people involved. Economic turmoil such as struggling to pay bills, unemployment, or threats of foreclosure play an enormous role in people’s mental health: risks include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and/or compulsive behaviors (such as overeating, gambling, or spending). Warning Signs that the Economy […]

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are characterized by extreme changes in a person’s diet and lifestyle. People may choose to eat almost nothing at all, or extremely overeat, while being preoccupied with thoughts about their weight and the food they are taking in. In many cases, eating disorders have a psychological component, and are a way for people […]

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Dealing with a Troubled Teen

The teenage years are commonly a time of rebellion and experimentation for adolescents. Arguments may become more frequent, they may change their appearance, they may experiment with drugs and alcohol, and they may spend less time at home. These are common behaviors for a teenager, but in some cases they are far more extreme. But […]

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Cocaine

coke, blow, snow, flake, snowball, nose candy, etc. Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that is put into the body in three common ways: smoking, sniffing, and/or injection. It gives users a feeling of extreme pleasure, but it lasts only a short amount of time. If cocaine is smoked (known as crack cocaine) the high […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) can occur after a person has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. These events can include: Combat Violent attacks (such as rape, abuse, or assault) Serious and sudden accidents (such as a car accident) Natural disasters (flood, hurricane, etc) Death of a loved one And other life changing […]

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Suicide

“More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.” (www.nimh.nih.gov) Suicide is a serious issue that is plaguing the world today. It is the third leading single cause for death in America and has been occurring more frequently in recent […]

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How Substance Abuse Affects Families

When a person becomes addicted to a drug, it often affects the people around them. Although the others are not actually using the drug, they sometimes feel its effects in different ways. An addict does not always realize how their actions are impacting the people they love, but family and friends do pay a price […]

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Marijuana – The Facts

Marijuana may be the most commonly accepted drug within our society, but the truth is that it can be very dangerous. “Some common names are: pot, grass, herb, weed, Mary Jane, reefer, skunk, boom, gangster, kif, chronic, and ganja,” (teens.drugabuse.gov). A common misconception is that everybody uses it, when in fact marijuana use is on […]

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Employee Assistance Professionals (EAPs)

“In the US, over 97% of companies with more than 5,000 employees have EAPs. 80% of companies with 1,001 – 5,000 employees have EAPs. 75% of companies with 251 – 1,000 employees have EAPs,” (www.eapassn.org). What does an employee assistance professional do? EAPs are hired to assist both the employer and his/her employees. It is […]

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