All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘mental health’
|How common is mental illness?A 2005 study showed that nearly one in five (around 4.9 million) adults in California reported needing help for a mental or emotional health problem.Click here for more FAQs about mental illness.|
|Treatment Options The particular treatment depends on the type of mental illness the person is diagnosed with, its severity, and what works best in each individual case. In many cases, a combination of treatments works best.
Available treatment options include:
Suggestions for Depicting Mental Illness
Treatment is one of the most important details to consider when designing characters and story lines concerning mental illness. Depicting the proper treatment for the symptoms that your character is experiencing not only engages your audience and increases awareness – it also provides you, the writer, with a new opportunity to explore the trials your character may endure while finding the correct treatment and the triumph they feel when the treatment is successful.
Consider these suggestions during your character and story line development:
The PRISM Award-winning film Take Shelter focuses on a man living with symptoms of schizophrenia. After experiencing vivid dreams and hallucinations about an apocalyptic storm harming his family, Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, seeks out treatment from a counselor at a free clinic. During his counseling session he discusses his own family history of mental illness, including his mother’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Throughout the film, Curtis continues to experience hallucinations and ultimately overdoses on seizure medication. At the end of the film, Curtis is referred to a psychiatrist about more intensive treatment for his illness. However, during a family vacation to Myrtle Beach prior to beginning treatment he actually comes face to face with the storm he has been hallucinating about.
Take Shelter offers a unique perspective on mental illness in that despite the main character seeking professional assistance, the symptoms of his mental illness persist because he has not yet found the right treatment strategy. This type of story is very important in the mission of reducing misconceptions about mental illness and mental health. Depictions like this one showcase that even with the proper steps and help seeking behavior, there is no quick fix to mental illness. It is only treatable over time, with the right treatment plan and professional support system in place.
Dump those (prescription) Drugs… National Pharmaceutical “Take-Back Day” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday
An estimated 200 million pounds of unused prescriptions are gathering dust in American medicine cabinets.
Read about a national campaign to collect and safely dispose of unused, old meds sitting around your house
Read more in this article relating to Drug Addiction and health issues in the LA Times.
Dr. Jeremy Martinez has been employed with the Pasadena Recovery Center since early 2011. He is a Harvard University graduate who earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed his residency at UCLA. Board-certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Martinez specializes in the treatment of chemical and behavioral addictions and regularly speaks as an expert on Marijuana and Mental Health issues at national and international conferences.
His approach to therapy involves non-judgmental listening, with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Martinez believes the Pasadena Recovery Center’s approach to treating dual diagnosis clients differentiates it from other rehab facilities. He also prides himself in his ability to listen to and understand people in the broader social context of community, job, and relationships. He is sought out because of his caring, non-judgmental, bedside manner. His clients concur:
“Not only is he a reliable and compassionate doctor but he is kind and I truly believe he cares about the well-being of each of his patients” - Danielle S.
“Caring and professional. Dr. Martinez has helped me address several problem areas in my life in the area of addiction and depression. Highly recommended!” - Vitals.com review
Dr. Martinez also speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Quote to live by: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Soren Kierkegaard
Best selling author, Dr. Gabor Mate, was the latest addiction expert to speak to residents, alumni and staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center on May 16, 2012. Mate, whose books have been published in 20 languages worldwide, is a an expert in addiction , attention deficit disorder, adolescent mental health, and parenting.
A renowned thinker and public speaker, he addresses audiences all over North America, including professional and academic groups like nurses’ organizations, psychiatry departments and seminars for local community groups.
As a writer and speaker, he is widely known for the power, insight, candor, and compassion of his presentations.
Rather than offering facile, quick-fix solutions to complex issues, such as addiction or ADD, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. His approach is holistic – linking everything from neurophysiology, immunology and developmental psychology to economic and social policy – and even touches on the spiritual dimensions of disease and healing.
Video of his entire speech at the Pasadena Recovery Center is below: