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August 28, 2017

What Are The Risks of Taking Benzos for Anxiety?

Benzodiazepines (“benzos”) are one of the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the world. At PCH Treatment Center, we are referred many clients who have been on long-term benzodiazepine therapy for their anxiety. We find this problematic for many reasons.

First, a person taking this drug will develop tolerance and dependence, requiring ever-increasing dosages to maintain the same effects. If they have been maintained on a stable dosage regimen for a prolonged period, benzodiazepines may be doing nothing for their…

August 8, 2017

Why Trauma-Related Emotional Dysregulation is frequently misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder

At PCH Treatment Center, we are often referred clients who are diagnosed with “Bipolar II” due to poorly regulated or “dysregulated” mood states. Most of these clients are on multiple medications for Bipolar Disorder that don’t seem to be working very well.

Diagnostic criteria for Bipolar II include at least one episode of major depression and at least one episode of hypomania (a less severe form of mania). However, we find that many clients are misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder because…

May 16, 2017

David Burston, Ph.D., PCH Group Therapist, Studies the Psychology of Soccer, the World’s Most Popular Game

Soccer is one of the world’s most beloved sports. Friends and families gather eagerly around their screens all over the world to engage in a unique camaraderie and love for the game. Dr. David H. Burston, Clinical Psychotherapist and PCH Treatment Center Group Therapist, recently wrote a book based on his doctoral dissertation exploring the psychology of soccer, in relation to the game, its fans, and its players. His book Psychological, Archetypal and Phenomenological Perspectives on…

April 17, 2017

The Psychology of Air Travel

With United Airline’s passenger debacle flooding the news, one has to wonder, how did we get to this point? A near 70 year-old man refusing to get off the plane after United overbooked their flight was forcibly dragged off the plane. He was left with a concussion, a broken nose, and two missing teeth, along with the promise of reconstructive surgery to right this severe lapse in judgment on the part of the airline staff.  Flying, once a luxurious…

January 14, 2016

Social Network Reviews of Psychological Services

In regards to social network online reviews, PCH Treatment Center believes that each consumer has the right to post a review of a service or product that they purchase. There are many online resources for persons to publish reviews. However, consumers, when researching a business, need to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of these reviews, realizing that there are specific problems and inherent limitations related to online reviews of psychological treatment services such as PCH Treatment Center.

PCH Treatment Center encourages each of our…

February 19, 2013

Hopelessness Over Insomnia Raises Suicide Risk

Insomnia is a known risk factor for suicide, but the reason why sleeplessness can drive suicidal behavior in certain individuals is still somewhat of an unknown. Does lack of sleep worsen existing mental health issues, such as depression? Could insomnia itself create an altered mental state that begins to contemplate suicide? Or — for some people — is it something else altogether?

According to a new study from Georgia Regent University published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine,…

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