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April 4, 2018

We are not a restaurant: Why Yelp is useless in reviewing healthcare providers and treatment centers.

Consumers rely more and more upon social media sites to educate themselves about restaurants, electronics, movies, books and other products and services. For the most part, online reviews can be helpful. I use them when researching new restaurants, buying products, looking for a hotel, etc. However, it has been demonstrated that many Amazon reviews are not always legitimate – some reviewers have been paid or they receive free merchandise. Similarly, Yelp does very little to screen fraudulent or dishonest…

March 21, 2018

The Psychological Impact of Mass Shootings

Almost every day that we check our news feeds or turn on our televisions another disastrous incident has occurred in our country. In particular, mass shootings and particularly, school shootings have become more common, with the death tolls climbing. Most recently, the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and many more injured. Rather than deliberate the usual discourse around the politics of gun control or the role that mental illness plays…

January 24, 2018

Interview with Dr Jeff Ball

PCH Executive Director Dr. Jeff Ball appeared on the “Addiction Today” radio program to discuss complex trauma and how it can often lead to addictive behaviors as a coping mechanism.

 

In the program, Dr. Ball discusses:

  • What makes PCH Treatment a unique treatment provider
  • How trauma and other mental challenges plays a role in fueling addiction
  • Addiction as a form of self-medication

and much more. Take a listen to Dr. Ball’s appearance below and learn more about what causes trauma, the…

January 3, 2018

Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) are a spectrum of psychological conditions which affect one out of every forty Americans. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1% of the worldwide adult population suffers from OCD; 50% of those cases are classified as “severe.”

OCD is characterized by recurrent obsessions (intrusive thoughts, images, or urges) that cause anxiety or distress, and compulsions (repetitive mental or behavioral acts) that the individual feels driven to perform in relation to an obsession or…

November 27, 2017

How to Live with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal feeling that serves as our internal alarm system. It is part of being human and helps to keep us safe. Anxiety is like an alarm: sometimes it goes off like the subtle alert of a cell phone vibrating in your bag while sometimes it goes off like an air raid siren.

Everyone deals with some amount of anxiety in their lives; however, for most individuals, anxiety presents itself at a level which can be tolerated or…

November 20, 2017

The Role of Family in Mental Health Treatment

We all struggle with relationship issues at different times throughout our lives. What most people don’t know is that healthy relationships can be a significant protective factor when dealing with the adversity of life. Did you know that we live longer, heal faster and are more productive when we have healthy supportive relationships?

In terms of mental health, strong relationships are one of the biggest predictors of happiness. Research shows that the benefits of healthy relationships are profound and affect…

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