By Martha McLaughlin Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy approach that’s used for a variety of conditions now. It involves both individual therapy and skills training, generally conducted in a group setting. DBT focuses on balancing acceptance and change and teaching life-enhancement skills, with mindfulness as a…

By Christa Banister You’ve been asked to give an important presentation at work with all your coworkers present. Or maybe you’ve finally agreed to that blind date with the “perfect” guy or girl your friends have been raving about. Perhaps you’ve accepted an evite where you’ll know next to no one and have second thoughts…

It seems like a futuristic world where artificial intelligence (AI) and technology are part of revolutionizing mental health care. However, that future has arrived. Technology and AI are on such a rapid course in development that what seemed like science fiction just a few years ago has now become reality. AI technology is impacting nearly…

By Tamarra Kemsley Ketamine, an anesthetic infamous for abuse among club drug users, may actually help to alleviate even the most stubborn cases of depression. It’s a hypothesis researchers have been testing for years, including as far back as 2006 when a group from the National Institute of Mental Health injected 17 patients with the…

Another year, another round of changes for Medicaid’s funding of mental health treatment. Such has been the story for years now in Michigan. The reason goes back to a “rebasing” process enacted in 2010 as a way to balance the distribution of Medicaid for mental health services throughout the state. But critics, including patients themselves,1…

The United States is currently engulfed in its largest public health crisis to date. In 2016, it is estimated that upwards of 60,000 people died as a result of drug overdose with even more deaths associated with substance abuse in general. (That’s more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.) It is…

What if you experienced your worst fear nearly every day of your life – the fear that others will abandon you completely? This fear is so large and intense that it takes over your relationships, your personal goals, your everyday behaviors, your life. This is the reality of borderline personality disorder. What Are The Symptoms…

By Martha McLaughlin Ambition is generally defined as having a strong desire to achieve something and the will to work for it.1 It can be the impetus for much positive change. But can you have too much of a good thing when it comes to ambition? The Downside to Ambition In reality, too much ambition…

Medications can pose a number of risk to a developing fetus. It is important for all possible parents to ask which medications are safe during pregnancy. This question becomes even more pressing when medications for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any other mental health condition come into play. Certainly, mental health medications are necessary for…