Posts made in April, 2013

Bipolar Disorder—Coping with Bipolar

»Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Welcome to our Bipolar Disorder center. Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to better understand bipolar disorder, its symptoms, causes, and available treatments to help you or someone you know. Alpha Counseling & Treatment is pleased to provide Psychotherapy for individuals suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Please call or email to make an appointment today: Ph. 801.645.5455 Email: info@utahsbesttherapy.com Bipolar disorder, also known by its older name “manic depression,” is a mental disorder that is characterized by constantly changing moods. A person with bipolar disorder experiences alternating “highs” (what clinicians call “mania“) and “lows” (also known as depression). Both the manic and depressive periods can be brief,...

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National Survey Finds Big Jump in Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs

»Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 24, 2013 A new national survey finds that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, a jump of 33 percent in just five years. Using data from The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), researchers found, for instance, that one in eight teens (13 percent) now report they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime. “These data make it very clear: the problem is real, the threat immediate and the situation is not poised to get better,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “Parents fear drugs like cocaine or heroin and...

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Is Pornography Addictive?

»Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

In November 2004, a panel of experts testified before a Senate subcommittee that a product which millions of Americans consume is dangerously addictive. They were talking about pornography. The effects of porn on the brain were called “toxic” and compared to cocaine. One psychologist claimed “prolonged exposure to pornography stimulates a preference for depictions of group sex, sadomasochistic practices, and sexual contact with animals.” It used to be that if you wanted to see pornography, you had to go out and buy a magazine or rent a video. Store hours and available space under the mattress placed some limits on people’s porn habits. Now there are an estimated 420 million adult web pages online. “For the person who has...

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Mindfulness Therapy Can Aid Vets With PTSD

»Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Alpha Counseling & Treatment is pleased to provide Mindfulness interventions and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for our heroic veterans, and all those suffering from trauma related symptoms. Call today for more information or to make an appointment: Mace Warren, LCSW 801.645.5455 info@utahsbesttherapy.com By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 18, 2013 Recent military conflicts have resulted in a dramatic increase in post-traumatic stress disorder among returning soldiers. Now, new research suggests a mindfulness-based group treatment plan can significantly reduce symptoms. The collaborative study from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System discovered the eight-week...

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Greater Marijuana Use Linked to More Severe Schizophrenia

»Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 13, 2013 New research reveals that schizophrenia patients with a history of cannabis use have longer hospital stays and a higher rate of hospital readmission. They may also have a type of schizophrenia “that may be more severe than schizophrenia cases in general,” according to Peter Allebeck, M.D., Ph.D., professor of social medicine in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. For the study, 50,087 male Swedish army recruits (ages 18 to 19 years) underwent medical assessments as well as structured interviews by psychologists, including questions on family and socioeconomic background, work, leisure activities, and use of...

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