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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


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…

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…

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