How to Support a Family Member With PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs after a traumatic event. It’s common in certain groups, including people who have been to war and homeless populations. Because it can have far-reaching effects on a person’s quality of life, many people search for strategies and tactics to help support a family member with PTSD. At Hope Springs Behavioral Health, we understand, and we’re happy to help.

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Family Therapy: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Deciding to participate in family therapy is a big step in resolving family disagreements, decades-long resentment and bitterness, and personality clashes. It’s normal to feel anxious about your first session because you may not know what to expect, and you might feel there’s a lot riding on therapy to resolve family issues.

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How to Help Your Partner Cope with Anxiety

Everyone faces anxiety at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean everyone experiences it the same way or copes with it using identical tools. It can be especially challenging to navigate these differences in the thick of a high-anxiety moment in partnerships and committed relationships. No one goes into a relationship knowing exactly how to anticipate their partner’s needs, feelings, and ways to comfort them. However, it can be rewarding to learn how to make your partner feel seen during these moments and help soothe their anxiety as they process difficult feelings. 

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How Group Therapy Can Help Behavioral Mental Health Issues

Group therapy is a type of coaching that involves one or more psychologists leading a group of 5 to 15 people through therapy sessions. Being part of a group during therapy can be a rewarding experience. Group coaching can be uniquely designed to bring quick relief from various mental health issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, and many more. Group members typically meet once or twice a week for between 90 and two hours.

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Coping With Pandemic Re-Entry Anxiety

Life has changed a lot since March 2020. Millions of Americans have endured a global pandemic, including mass death, disruption of routine, loss of jobs and wages — not to mention all the emotional ups and downs of being at home all the time. However destabilizing and exhausting the last year has been, many find themselves caught off guard by feelings of re-entry anxiety. 

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What to Know About Testing for Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders can be categorized in several different ways. In general, behavioral disorders are any pattern of behavior that regularly interferes with an individual’s ability to live a physically and mentally healthy life for more than six months. Though behavioral abnormality is a common symptom of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders, behavioral disorders are diagnosed separately.

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Can You Get Someone Mentally Evaluated Against Their Will?

If you’re in a situation where someone very clearly needs help for their mental health issues, but seems resistant to do so, you may be wondering: can you get them mentally evaluated against their will? The answer varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania, the short answer is yes — if the person is unable to care for themselves or is a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

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Getting Help for a Family Member with a Mental Illness

If you have a family member struggling with a mental illness, you are most likely wondering what you can do to help. Psychiatric services, medications, and various community services have enabled many individuals to lead full, independent lives. However, support from family, friends, and peers remains essential in the recovery process.

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