Sarah Kluender, LCSW
Holidays are supposed to be a great fun time filled with comfort & joy...holly jolly feel good time. Those dealing with depression or anxiety may not experience it that way. The holidays can bring on more difficulty for already stressed out people with the expectation to do more and more things when already feeling bad.
When does drinking become a problem? The aging population is not immune to alcohol abuse. For men and women 65 years of age or older, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse considers one drink per day to be the maximum amount for “moderate” alcohol use.
ADHD is a common condition, but is often misunderstood. Currently, it’s believed 9% of children ages 3-17 and 2-4% of adults have ADHD.
Heroin use is on the rise in our area and many towns across the United States because heroin is a cheaper alternative for people who are addicted to or are abusing prescription painkillers. These painkillers are becoming harder to get, and are therefore becoming very expensive if obtained illegally.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a specific kind of depression that affects people seasonally. The vast majority are those who are affected during the colder/darker months. For reasons that aren't fully understood, some people develop depression that is considered to be related to less sunlight.
Did you know that more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined? In the U.S., one in 20 people have used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons.
So how does a prescription drug abuse problem start?
In part one, I discussed some of the warning signs that someone may be considering suicide. Now that you know warning signs, what should you do if you realize someone you care about is exhibiting them?
Believe it or not, the single best thing you can do is ASK THEM about it; however, there are good and bad ways to do this.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in American teenagers, and the rate of suicide in middle aged adults has gone up more than 30% in the past decade. Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of suicide, and what you can do if you’re worried about someone you love. Most people give a sign or signal of some type—the key is to recognize it.
Affecting nearly one-in-five adults at some level, anxiety disorders are common and can be debilitating. Anxiety disorders can range from mild to severe to full panic. Some people don’t realize they have an anxiety disorder until they end up in an emergency room thinking they’re having a heart attack, when they’re actually having a panic/anxiety attack.
We all need some stress to keep us going and motivate us in life, or we won't get anything done! Stress is what makes us get up and perform at work, get the motivation and focus to study for a test, to prepare for a presentation, etc.