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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…

October 20, 2017

Understanding Insurance Reimbursement for Treatment

Introduction

Evaluating psychological and drug and alcohol treatment centers can be difficult; especially understanding treatment levels and billing complexities. The nomenclature used to describe different levels of treatment in psychological, eating disorder and drug and alcohol treatment centers is especially confusing. While some programs only offer treatment, many provide both treatment and housing, adding additional confusion. General terms that are used include “inpatient treatment,” “residential treatment” or “day treatment.” Insurance companies, however, use specific designations for billing such as “Residential…

September 25, 2017

Getting to the Root Causes of Anger

I remember watching “Goodfellas” in a movie theatre when it first came out in 1990. The film, which was based on events that happened in and around my neighborhood of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was very real to me, particularly the scene where Joe Pesci says to Ray Liotta, “Do I amuse you? Do you think I’m a clown?” My stomach was in knots as I watched. It brought back events and experiences I’d witnessed in childhood and adolescence.

As a kid…

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…

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