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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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HOPE︱For A Better Tomorrow

Be The Light So Others Might See Hopelessness. I think we all can empathize with the feeling. At some point in our lives, most of us will go through a period of time, or perhaps deal with certain circumstances where we truly feel as if there is no way out…that[…]

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Drug Addiction: From a Sibling’s View

I honestly don’t remember my brother sober. My whole life has been spent either visiting him in jail, rehab or a hospital room. It’s hard for me to admit this but I really don’t feel like I even have a brother. When we were young. I can think back when[…]

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Have You Been Misdiagnosed?

Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of PTSD When we hear the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder images of battle scarred soldiers, subjected to violent combat and deep personal loss, are most likely to arise. When we think about work related PTSD, we usually think of more ‘obvious’ lines of work[…]

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Myth Buster: I can’t get PTSD from work

As I stated in my latest article, any high stress or dangerous environment can place workers at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and this is not limited to the ‘obvious’ lines of work such as soldiers, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs. With almost 5 million Americans suffering from[…]

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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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A Letter to Parents: When Friends Hate

My daughter, Katie, just turned 18. It was senior year and preparations were in place for her graduation celebration. I couldn’t have been a prouder mom! Katie and her friends were ready to enjoy the summer as graduates. But in the blink of an eye it all changed. A turn[…]

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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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Mythbuster: I just have to cast a demon out and they’ll be cured

Although they may have varying cultural beliefs, many minorities share a common stigma within their own groups—that any form of mental illness is “bad” and therefore “of the devil.” This myth has an overbearing strong-hold, and unfortunately this misguided information is ministered to people, passed through generations, and accepted as[…]

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