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Self-Destructive Behavior and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that arises as a response to acutely traumatic experiences. Those who live with PTSD have significantly altered mental states as a result of the trauma, which can lead to behaviors such as severe anxiety, intense fear, or hyper-aggression. While these behaviors are sometimes directed outwards,…

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Effects of Negative Thinking

When asked to point to causes for fatigue, mental exhaustion, and prolonged stress, most likely would not think of negative thinking. Yet, there is increasing evidence that people’s thought patterns and behaviors can substantially affect their physical and mental health. Part of countering the harmful symptoms of mental illness is identifying and countering negative thinking,…

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Your Family History and Your Mental Health

Your family history can pose important effects on your mental health, effects that all too often go unacknowledged. As we learn more and more about mental illness, it has become increasingly clear that some mental health disorders could have a genetic component. In addition, a mental illness in a family member can create additional environmental…

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Benefits of DBT for Mental Health

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a modified form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Originally developed as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), its use has since expanded to include several other mental health issues. A dialectical behavior therapy program can be useful as part of a treatment plan for a variety of mental health issues, including…

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A Day in the Life in a Residential Mental Health Treatment Center

Taking the step to receive treatment for a mental health issue can seem like a daunting challenge. One of the most common questions for people considering care at a residential mental health treatment center is, “what will day-to-day life look like while in treatment?” At Atlanta Center for Mental Health, each person’s experience will ultimately…