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Why Residual Schizophrenia is No Longer in The DSM

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which included significant changes to the way schizophrenia is diagnosed. One of the first changes is that the DSM-5 now requires patients to experience two or more symptoms of psychosis, at least one of … Read more

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The Social Impact of Mental Health Stigma

Mental illness is often seen as a dirty secret. Many people are afraid to talk about it, afraid to seek help, and afraid to admit that they have a problem. In fact, the stigma that surrounds mental illness is one of the biggest obstacles to people seeking treatment and getting the assistance they need when … Read more

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How Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Your Memory? 

Bipolar disorder is characterized by a variety of well-known symptoms and behaviors, including significant changes in mood, energy levels, and sleep patterns. However, many people may not know that in addition, the disorder can cause considerable difficulties with cognition and memory. In some cases, memory loss and difficulties concentrating can be severe problems, which can … Read more

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Living With Bipolar Disorder

So you just got diagnosed with bipolar disorder and you’re trying to find answers, but learning about your new diagnosis is becoming overwhelming. Our team has put together our own research to help you identify five triggers for mania.  While bipolar disorder is a serious, long-term mental health condition that is characterized by extreme mood … Read more

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What is a Coping Kit and How Can It Help

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country, affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. each year. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in … Read more

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How to Get Your Teenager the Help They Need for Mental Health Diagnosis

It’s no secret that young adults’ mental health is in crisis. Rates of anxiety and depression are skyrocketing, and children as young as five are being diagnosed with serious mental health conditions while teens and young adults are suffering more than ever under the ever-increasing pressures of the modern world.  The good news is that … Read more

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How to Acknowledge Signs of Mental Health Disorders in Your Children

Raising children can be terrifying, especially when you start to notice signs of mental health decline. Whether your child is having physical or mental health problems, we at Life Adjustment Team know it can just add to the stress of being a parent.  Even if you are noticing something is off, it can often be … Read more

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Why Does Mental Health Awareness Matter?

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness It is estimated that in the United States alone, 19% of the general population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children suffer from some form of mental illness each year.  However, a majority of those suffering from mental illness do not seek treatment, largely because of the social stigma … Read more

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When Do You Need Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for Mental Health

What is Assertive Community Treatment? An Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is a structured, evidence-based therapeutic program that is designed to improve outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are at risk of psychiatric crises and hospitalizations, as well as incarceration. ACT is one of the oldest and most widely researched evidence-based practices in … Read more