How to Help Someone Struggling with PTSD

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

Learn What You Can Do to Help a Person With PTSD

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, is often mentioned in movies and television shows, but it’s more than just a plot device. It’s an incredibly challenging illness linked to uncontrollable anxiety, horrid nightmares, and destructive thoughts.

Some of the unfortunate souls who have this disorder also experience short-term memory loss and deal with additional psychological issues.

It’s estimated that seven to eight of 100 adults in America deal with PTSD. That’s a hard-hitting number. You can be a helpful voice for those suffering from PTSD if you know what to do.

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Five Things You Should Know About Depression (For Women)

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

Everybody has bad days. Sometimes we go through periods of time when we feel awful and like the world is against us. Depression is far worse. It doesn’t just last for a period of time. It’s a mental disorder that affects everyday life every single day. Depression affects everything, from your thoughts to your actions, from work to school to sleep. There are also multiple forms of depression. If you feel the need to talk to someone about depression, call us at 1-866-903-3787. Specialists are standing by.

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Depression Signs & Symptoms

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

Bad days happen to everyone. It’s completely normal to feel awful sometimes. Life can be rough, and people are emotional creatures. However, if feelings of sadness or loneliness or disconnection begin to overwhelm you, affecting your life and lasting long periods of time, you may be suffering from depression. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance regarding depression, please call the National Mental Health Hotline at 1-866-903-3787 right now. We’re standing by.

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Empathy & Compassion Fatigue

As a healthcare professional, compassion fatigue, burnout, stress, and anxiety are potential effects of performing your day to day job. Being a professional caregiver requires a lot of time, patience, focus, and attention to detail. In this article, we’ll discuss what compassion and empathy fatigue are and some tips for recognizing and improving or avoiding the symptoms.

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Student Mental Health: The Silent Pandemic in Schools

All across the United States students are suffering from mental health issues amounting to a silent pandemic, and in many cases it is going unaddressed.

Mental Health Impacts Students of Every Age

The American College Health Association (ACHA) conducted surveys in 2018 and 2019. They found that 60 percent of respondents felt overwhelming anxiety and 40 percent of them had experienced severe depression. They reported that the depression impacted their ability to function in daily life.  Continue Reading →

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The Success of using virtual reality and augmented reality with kids with Autism

For a long time, individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had been misunderstood and stigmatized. This type of societal response didn’t provide any support or solutions for people with ASD and their families.

However, with developments in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and related scientific fields, ASD came to be understood much better, and corresponding therapies have been introduced. With the emergence of technological innovations such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), individuals with ASD have a better chance of increasing their capacity for learning and developing the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of adult life. In this paper, we present an overview of the role of VR and AR technology in the development of cognitive, communication, and social skills among children with ASD.

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House of Refuge Becomes Certified Autism Center

House of Refuge is joining the Mesa Autism Initiative, connecting to an expanding network of organizations that have earned the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).  A faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, House of Refuge has been helping families experiencing homelessness in the East Valley for over 20 years by providing transitional housing and wrap-around support services. These services, coupled with the stability provided by housing, provide families with the foundation and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain permanent housing.

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