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Courage

There may have been a moment when you knew something was wrong—a moment where you may have acted in a way that surprised you or made you take a step back. There may be have been a moment when a loved one sat you down and told you that you needed help. There may have been a moment where you...

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Suicide Prevention Apps

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Depression in suicidal individuals can cause them to withdraw from loved ones, making it difficult to reach them with education and intervention. Mobile applications are potential resources for these individuals to help educate themselves and to reach out during times...

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7 Of The Most Helpful Things You Can Say To Someone With Depression

Depression has a way of being an all-consuming, monster of a battle. It takes a toll physically and emotionally. It’s often stigmatized. But perhaps one of the biggest struggles for those who suffer is the feeling that no one else in the world can truly understand what they’re going through. However, those feelings of isolation provide one of the biggest...

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Ways to Treat Anxiety in Kansas City

Anxiety is a naturally occurring emotion and actually can have some helpful uses. Without some amount of anxiety we wouldn’t care to make it to work on time, take the steps needed to maintain relationships, or do the work to pursue our goals. However, too much anxiety can cause equally debilitating symptoms, such as feeling mentally-paralyzed, panicked, or on edge...

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Treating Depression with Therapy and Antidepressants in Kansas City

When suffering from depression, I hear many clients wonder what is the cause. Is it biological or situational? The truth is, it is typically a little of both, and thus is best treated though a combination of both therapy and medication. In the attached article by PsychCentral, they discuss a study that shows the positive outcomes from treating your depression through...

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Suboxone Treatment of Opioid Addiction in Kansas City

Opioid recovery can be a long and difficult process. According to a PsychCentral article, the recovery rate is less than 25% for those who attempt to quit cold turkey, with Suboxone aided treatment being as high as 40-60%. In order to recover from Opioid addiction, changes need to be made in thinking, behavior, and environment. At Signature Behavioral Healthcare, we...

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Synthetic Drug Information

See related video. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to Dr. Todd Hill, North Kansas City Hospital is seeing an increase in patients in the ER suffering potentially fatal side effects of synthetic drugs.  A synthetic drug is typically a mix of a non-organic, chemically altered drug, for example, K2, bath salts and ecstasy. Dr. Hill said the use is on...

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What Do I Do With All This Anxiety?

By Stacey Mason LPC Anxiety is a normal human emotion. In fact, it has many benefits. It alerts us to danger, and prompts us for action. We rely on this fight or flight warning system to stay safe. Unfortunately, many peoples alert system sends off false alarms. It goes off in response to situations that present no real danger. Anxiety...

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Alcohol and Drug Use Self Assessment

The following questions are designed to help an individual recognize concerns regarding the use of alcohol or other mood-altering substances. A “yes” answer to two or more questions may indicate that drinking or drug use has become problematic and may warn of addiction. Please answer yes or no to each of the following questions: Have you tried to decrease your...

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