Entries by Savannah Maa

Anxiety Medications

Anxiety disorders are the most diagnosed mental health illness in the United States. Approximately 20 percent of adults and seven percent of children have either experienced periods of anxiety or have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Everyone experiences symptoms differently on a broad spectrum ranging from infrequent and mild to constant and severe. There […]

Family Systems Therapy

Whether a person has a close relationship with the members of their family or not, the connections and functioning of the family influence development into adulthood. Family systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the functioning of the family unit and the impacts on individual members.  A comprehensive insight into the daily […]

Antidepressants and Life

There is no known single source that results in an individual developing depression. It is commonly believed depression results from a culmination of circumstances such as stressful events, family history, biology, disconnection from others, and more. Of the many reasons, researchers believe an imbalance of neurotransmitters is a leading cause, especially for individuals who suffer […]

Getting the Most from Mental Health Services

Mental health is intricately intertwined with the physical health of every human being. It begins developing the day we are born and is influenced by a number of factors, such as genetics, environment, and the curveballs life throws at us. Fortunately, psychiatric services are becoming more accessible and these services provide guidance, support, assistance, and […]

The Ins and Outs of Psychiatric Medications

Many mental health disorders are believed to be, in part, a result of chemical imbalances in the brain. For some individuals, psychotherapy, healthy diets, and exercise are sufficient for managing their condition. Others may still struggle, which is where the assistance of psychiatric medications may provide significant benefits. The purpose of psychiatric medications is to […]

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Get with the A.C.T.: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy If there was one word associated with acceptance and commitment therapy, it would be flexibility. Acceptance and commitment therapy has been rocking the medical and educational fields for several decades since its establishment in 1982 by Dr. Steven C. Hayes. The relatively new behavioral therapy method was […]

Adjustment Disorders and Life

Adjustment Disorders and Life The loss of a job, a diagnosis, divorce, or a bully at school – many of us have experienced some form of change or distressing event. Not everyone is stitched together with the same fibers of resilience, making it more difficult to rebound from the challenges that come their way. These […]

Understanding and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Understanding and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder As a consequence of the popular association between obsessive-compulsive disorder with organization and cleanliness, mental illness is often seen as a good quality in someone. The result of this is grave, as it diminishes the severity of the disorder and may potentially prevent someone from receiving the treatment they need. […]

Understanding and Coping With Bipolar Disorder

One of the most commonly referenced and misunderstood mental health disorders is Bipolar disorder. The highly complex mood disorder is frequently misunderstood. The term has a history of being loosely thrown around to describe someone when they have a shift in mood and is often misrepresented in movies and television series. There are different types […]