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Ask Dr. Cash: If there are no symptoms, there’s no stress…right?

According to the American Psychological Association, an absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. In fact, camouflaging symptoms with medication may deprive you of the signals you need for reducing the strain on your physiological and psychological systems. If you’re being treated for chronic headaches, muscle pain,[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: Is it possible for me to recover?

Addiction is a chronic medical illness, that is oftentimes a combination of genetic heredity, personal choice and environmental factors. Years ago drug dependence was treated as an acute illness that could be “cured” virtually overnight. Thankfully, within the last decade we have learned that it should be treated as a[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: What are the risk factors for suicide?

A combination of individual, relational, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of suicide. (Risk factors are those characteristics associated with suicide—they are not necessarily the direct causes) Risk Factors Family history of suicide Family history of child maltreatment Previous suicide attempt(s) History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: What causes PTSD?

Because people respond to different situations uniquely, it is next to impossible to wrap up the causes in a neat little box, but primarily it’s the way that the mind is affected by traumatic experiences. When faced with overwhelming trauma, the mind is unable to process information and feelings in[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: Am I crazy?

The word “crazy” has been long associated with mental illness of all kinds, and 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience the stigma and discrimination attached to this misconception. But what if we treated every illness the way we do mental illness? Would you ever tell your[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: Are most child molesters homosexuals?

“Many parents have become concerned that children may be molested, encouraged to become sexually active, or even “recruited” into adopting a homosexual identity and lifestyle. Gay activists dismiss such concerns–in part, by strenuously insisting that there is no connection between homosexuality and the sexual abuse of children. However, despite efforts[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: What is ADHD…what am I looking for?

ADHD is a brain-based medical disorder and the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. In addition, approximately half of all children with ADHD have co-existing disorders, including learning disabilities, oppositional-defiant disorder, Tourette Syndrome, conduct disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression. What makes ADHD different from other conditions is that the[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash – What are the steps I should take to diagnose?

First off, let me go on the record to say, if you have any concerns of your child’s developmental delays or missed milestones, you need to contact your primary caregiver and/or local early intervention program immediately. It has been proven time and again that the earlier you seek intervention, the[…]

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Ask Dr. Cash: Bipolar Versus ADHD

Since they share many symptoms, including mood instability, bursts of energy and restlessness, talkativeness, and impatience, bipolar disorder and ADHD can be difficult to differentiate and diagnose. Because of similar characteristics, there is a serious danger of either a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis. Additionally, it’s estimated that as many[…]

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