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June 18, 2018

What to Do if You Have Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety or “social phobia” is becoming increasingly prevalent. Social Anxiety is defined as a mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that roughly 7.1% of the U.S. population has experienced social anxiety in the last year. While anxiety is an important coping mechanism, it can be considered a disorder when it becomes excessive or irrational and interferes with normal functioning. For individuals suffering from social anxiety, everyday social…

June 13, 2018

Can You Get PTSD from Emotional Abuse

Imagine being trapped within a traumatic event as it plays over and over within your mind, reliving the event as if it was happening to you again and again in real time. For those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this can be their reality. PTSD is a reaction to psychological trauma which develops in response to actual or threatened extreme danger or personal injury. PTSD can originate from a variety of forms of abuse, ranging from physical abuse…

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…

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