Shocking Statistics About Anxiety and Depression

Even though there has been more focus and attention on mental health in recent years, people are still startled to see just how many people in America are suffering from a mental illness. Below are some statistics about the rate of anxiety and depression related mental illnesses that may shock some people.

 

Statistics by Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population.

 

Panic Disorder (PD): Panic disorder affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population.

 

Social Anxiety Disorder: Social anxiety disorder affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.

 

Specific Phobias: 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population, have specific phobias.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD affects 2.2 million adults, or 1% of the U.S. population.

 

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): 7.7 million adults, or 3.5% of the U.S., are affected by PTSD.

 

Major Depressive Disorder: Major depression affects more than 16.1 million adults, or 6.7%, of Americans.

 

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD or Dysthymia): This form of long-lasting depression affects approximately 1.5% of the U.S. population, or 3.3 million adults.

 

General Statistics

 

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. It affects over 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population. Anxiety is also common in children, affecting 25.1% of children between the ages of 13-18.

Most anxiety and depression disorders are more prevalent in females compared to males. OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder are some of the only mental illnesses that are equally common in both men and women.

Many people with anxiety and depression also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness. These additional disorders can make symptoms worse and recovery harder.

 

Conclusion

Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression disorders are extremely common in America. It’s important to shed light on the high numbers of those affected by such illnesses in order to decrease the stigma around them, increase awareness, and help get information and resources to those that need it. If you or someone you love is affected by any of these anxiety disorders and needs help, please contact us. We are here to help.

How Are Mental Illnesses Diagnosed?

Diagnosing an individual with a mental illness isn’t an easy task. Psychiatrists have to go through many steps and make sure to rule out other possible causes before putting a label on what someone is going through. Getting an accurate diagnosis can take weeks, months, or even years. It’s a process that combines the process of elimination and seeing what fits best. Since there’s no test or definitive way to tell if someone has a mental disorder, psychiatrists have to work extra hard to find the right diagnosis.

 

Diagnosis Steps

 

  1. Evaluation

Doctors will begin by evaluating a patient. They’ll discuss symptoms the individual is having as well as their medical history. If there are any instances of mental illness in the family it should be disclosed to doctors. Doctors will first make sure that there is no physical illness that could be causing the symptoms. They may run some tests to rule these out.

 

  1. Referral

If a person’s symptoms match that of a mental disorder, and there are no other signs of a physical disorder, a doctor will refer patients to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or another mental health professional. While a normal medical doctor may be able to hypothesis what disorder a patient has, the official diagnosis would come from a mental health professional.

 

  1. Psychological Evaluation

Psychiatrists and psychologists used a specifically designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate an individual for mental illness. They’ll look at the reported symptoms, including any and all social or functional problems that have been caused by the symptoms. They’ll also make their own observations of the patient’s attitudes and behavior.

 

  1. Diagnosis

After listening to the patient and making notes, the psychiatrist or psychologist will then begin looking at what diagnosis fit. Sometimes the symptoms can point directly to one mental illness but since many mental illnesses have similar symptoms, it usually can take awhile. The standard manual used by professionals to diagnose mental illnesses recognized in the US is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), which is made by the American Psychiatrist Association.

 

  1. Treatment

After a patient receives a diagnosis, doctors will begin discussing treatment options and plans. People are more than welcome to seek out second opinions if they do not agree with their diagnosis. For most mental illnesses, psychiatrists recommend a combination of medications and therapy. What medications and what forms of therapy depend on the individual, the diagnosis, and the doctor.

 

In the past, when mental illness had such a negative stigma, a diagnosis was viewed as the end. In reality, receiving a diagnosis is the beginning. Once an individual knows what is going on with them they can begin treating it. They can begin to get back to their normal self.

If you believe that you may be suffering from a mental illness, or that someone you love is, contact us to set up an appointment. We are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Historical Treatment Options for Depression

With all the focus and attention that mental health is getting currently, some people may be surprised to find that mental health issues are nothing new. People have been struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental disorders throughout history. Before antidepressants really boomed in the 1980’s, depression treatment options were very different then today.

Here are few of the most popular methods depression has been treated with throughout history.

Depression Treatment Medications

The 1980’s marked a huge shift in mental health, particularly in depression. With the invention of the antidepressant Prozac, people finally had a way to lift away the gray mist depressant cast around them. As huge as this was, it poses the question of what medication people used before.

There’s actually a long history of plant-based remedies that were used to treat depression. Each culture found local plants that they turned into medications. Unlike current antidepressants, these medicines were used to treat a wide variety of ailments, not just depression, such as coughs and fevers.

 

Here are some of the most common plant-based medicines that were used in history:

  • Opium Poppy: Opium, derived from the poppy plant, has been used in various forms to treat depression (and many other ailments) as early as 3rd millennium BC. It was known as the “Plant of Joy” as it enhanced the feeling of well-being.
  • Atropa Belladonna: Belladonna comes from the deadly plant, nightshade. In small doses, it has a calming effect and can stabilize the nervous system. It was sometimes mixed with other plants such as hashish.
  • Henbane and Thorn Apple: It was the ancient Egyptians that used these two herbs to help treat disorders.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol has a long history of being the go-to treatment option for a ton of injuries and disorders. It’s actually been the most recommended treatment option for melancholy up until the first half of this century. Many people today still self-medicate with alcohol to help cope with depression.
  • Other common treatments were poppy, Mandrake, hypericum oil, caffeine, cannabis and milk and barley mixtures. Eventually, substances like bromide (1826), codeine (1832), chloral hydrate (1869), paraldehyde (1882), and barbiturates were discovered and used.

 

Depression Therapy

There weren’t “psychiatrists” or “therapist” like there are now back in the day. Most patients went to local doctors, healers, or apothecaries. At some points, cultures turned to religion or magic for healing. Eventually, institutions were created for those suffering from mental disorders.

During the 14th century, so-called “madhouses” were created to treat the mentally ill. These were poorly run and looked more like dungeons than hospitals. The Middle East, has more modern and humane mental hospitals, originally just in Baghdad, but others sprung up in Damascus, Fez, and Cairo. The stereotypical images of mental hospitals were born out of this time, and the chains used to manacle patients took over 100 years to be banned.

As tangible advances were made with pharmaceuticals in the 19th century, therapy also progressed. Psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and behavioral therapy were developed and implemented.

Electroconvulsive therapy is probably the type of treatment for depression people think of most when talking about historical treatment options. While it has been criticized for being cruel, harsh, and painful, it was the beginning for major advances. Many patients were initially forced to undergo such treatment if they were admitted to a mental institute. Eventually, the technology developed enough that some people with severe depression were willing choosing to undergo the process. Today, the procedure has been advanced so that it is safer, completely painless, and more effective.

 

Other Depression Treatments

Even today, psychiatrists recommend individuals suffering from depression to focus on self-love, self-happiness, and self-acceptance. People are encouraged to do activities and hobbies that bring them joy. There’s actually a historical precedent for this. Joyful and relaxing activities have historically been used to treat depression.

The Ancient Greek and Romans would use music, dancing, and acting as forms of therapy. Work, entertainment, and other forms of distractions were used too. They also performed cathartic temple massages. Physiotherapy was used in history too, with baths, massages, and gymnastics recommended to help depression.

Arabic doctors used their profound knowledge of science and medicine to treat those with mental ailments. They tried to cheer and encourage patients to read, play or listen to music, and even used sexual stimulation.

 

Conclusion

The historical treatment options for depression weren’t the best, but communities did well with what resources and information they had. Without the long history, the current modern treatments in medication and therapy psychiatrists’ use today may not exist. Still, we should be thankful that we live in a time where mental health is at the forefront of discussions and where there are tons of treatment options available to people with mental health issues.

Thankfully, we offer only the most innovative and modern treatment options at Delray Beach Psychiatrist. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with your depression.

6 Tips For Dealing With Back To School Stress

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a student, or just someone who now has to deal with back-to-school traffic, this time of year can bring on a whole load of stress. It’s a transition to get back into the school routine, plus the addition of homework, bedtimes, and social anxieties. As parents, a lot of this falls onto them. Here are a few tips for staying calm while dealing with all the back-to-school stress that September brings.

 

  1. Learn to identify it

Stress can be hard to identify, especially in children since they don’t always know how to verbally express it. Parents should look for anxiety symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, difficulty sleeping, and a change in behavior such as throwing tantrums. The first step to helping your child is realizing there is a problem. If you’re an adult dealing with back-to-school stress, it’s also important that you identify and address that as well. As the leader of the family and this transitional time, if you’re not functioning then no one else is either.

 

  1. Listen to the child

As parents, it’s extremely easy to dismiss signs of stress in our children as them just not wanting to go do work in school.  Ask them why if they’re complaining about not wanting to go, or struggling with their work. There might be a root issue that is causing them this stress and anxiety. Are they having a problem with their teacher? Getting bullied? Do they have too much on their schedule? It’s best to tackle these issues on early on in the school year if possible. Kids might not always be able to tell us exactly what’s wrong, but listen to what they do say and try to help.

 

  1. Let them sleep

Bedtime can be a struggle for some families. It’s important though, as kids need more sleep than a lot of people realizes. Children up to 3rd grade require up to 12 hours per night! Even high schoolers still need 8-10 hours. Address factors that may be limiting sleep time, like a demanding schedule, using technology at night, or if they’re feeling stressed. Making sure your kids get enough sleep will be the best way you can help them function their best at school.

 

  1. Plan ahead

Structure is a great thing, and not just for kids. Knowing what the plans are for the week helps the whole family, from kids to parents, function better. Think about meals, laundry, activities, and free time. Juggling schedules can be the most stressful part of back to school season, but it can be managed. Find a scheduling system that works for you, whether that’s a calendar or a whiteboard. Planning ahead can benefit everyone.

 

  1. Hammer down homework time

A big thing kids don’t realize is that homework is just as annoying for parents and teachers as it is for them. Many schools are now reducing or even getting rid of homework altogether. But if you’re not one of those lucky parents, making sure your kids get their homework done is part of the stress. Help them when needed, but don’t do the work for them just because it’s faster. Make rules and stick to them, such as no snacks or technology until after homework is done.

 

  1. Make time for nothing

Over-scheduling kids can be just as bad as providing no structure. Having free time is beneficial to both students and parents. It allows them the freedom to express themselves. Make time for unstructured playtime, downtime before bed, and family time. Florida psychiatrists say free time is important for de-stressing and developing an identity.

 

If you are finding the back-to-school stress unmanageable, or have any more questions, feel free to contact us and set up an appointment.

 

5 Myths About Couples Therapy

Couples therapy (or “marriage counseling”) has a bad reputation. For many people, it marks the beginning of the end. There are dozens of myths and misconceptions surrounding couples therapy. The truth is that having a neutral third party mediate issues can be extremely beneficial. The reason people see it as the “kiss of death” is because they’re going too late. Here are 5 myths about couples therapy that we’ve debunked.

 

Myth 1: You Don’t Need It

Here’s a truth that we at Delray Beach Psychiatrist really believe: everyone can benefit from therapy. That same can be said for couples. Couples therapy isn’t just there to fix issues, it’s there to prevent them from becoming big problems. Attacking an issue head on prevents it from becoming something too big and unmanageable. Couples therapy is great for even the happiest and most functioning couples. There will always be problems and there will always be a way to do things better. Therapy can help with both of those things so that things keep moving smoothly.

 

Myth 2: It Marks The End of The Relationship

Often, couples therapy leads to the end of a relationship because it makes both parties realize they either can’t or won’t, work on the issues. If discussing your relationship causes it to fall apart, chances are it was going to without therapy anyways. Many couples come to couples therapy as a last resort. This can be too late. That’s why going to therapy consistently and early is the best bet.

 

Myth 3: Only Weak Couples Go

Ask any couple who’s been to therapy and they’ll tell you it’s not easy or for the weak. It takes hard work to open up, face problems, and work on a relationship. Think of a therapist like your marriage coach, someone to guide you through the game and give you advice. The same people that think therapy is for the weak are the same people that think that sunscreen isn’t necessary. In both cases, they’ll be the ones ending up burned.

 

Myth 4: The Therapist Will Just Meddle In The Relationship

A therapist isn’t a meddler; they’re a mediator. Very rarely will a couple’s therapist tell a couple what to do, and they’ll never side with one partner over the other. They provide exercises, tools, and guidance on how to communicate and deal with problems. Nothing happens in your relationship unless you want it to. A therapist might recommend an exercise but if you aren’t comfortable or willing just let them know. They might push a bit but a good marriage counselor will come up with an alternative. Most couple therapists simply work as a mediator, making sure you understand what one another are saying and feeling.

 

Myth 5: It Will Work Like Magic

Therapy can be great; it can really help both the individual and the relationship. However, it’s not a miracle worker.  It’s important to go into it with realistic expectations. A therapist will give you tools but it’s ultimately up to you to use them. Don’t give up if one therapist doesn’t work for you either. Every person and couple need different things. Therapy isn’t magic, it’s not one-size fits all, and it ultimately comes down to you to do the work.

 

Contact us to set up a couple’s therapy appoint or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

7 Professions At Risk For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that is often developed after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It’s a disorder most commonly associated with the military and soldiers. However, that is not the only occupation that is at risk for developing this disorder.

Certain professionals are at a higher risk for developing PTSD and other disorders. Traumatic events, such as sexual assault, combat, or accidents, are common causes of PTSD. There are a number of professions that directly experiencing such events often, if not daily.

Here are 7 professions that are most at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder:

  1. Military

It should come at no surprise that those working in the military are at a high risk for developing PTSD. Combat veterans develop the disorder at different rates but this is the profession with the highest risk. It’s not just the combat, injuries, or death that military personnel experience either. A large number of individuals in the military report experiencing sexual harassment and assault which results in PTSD.

 

  1. Police Officers

Law enforcement officers are exposed to a number of serious threats and stressful situations daily. They often witness traumatic events or the effects of such actions on the victims. Only about 10% of police officers experience PTSD. This lower than expected number is likely because police officers receive opportunities and are encouraged to engage with mental health professions. There are rules in place to help combat them from developing PTSD, for example after a shooting, officers are required to undergo therapy to cope. Police officers are also screened before getting hired to ensure they have stable mental health.

 

  1. Firefighters

Firefighters deal with more than fires. They are the first responders to vehicle accidents and natural disasters in most countries. It is an extremely hazardous profession. Firefighters experience stress daily, from situations that threaten their own safety to having to aid in catastrophes. The rate of PTSD in firefighters is estimated to be as high as 20%.

 

  1. Emergency Medical and Ambulance Personal

EMS and ambulance workers are routinely exposed to high stress situations many that are literally life and death situations. This profession has a high rate of PTSD, as high as 20%. When pre-employment screening and easy access to mental health services are provided the rate goes down significantly.

 

  1. Healthcare Workers

Other health care workers, particularly those that work in emergency rooms or intensive care units, are at higher risk to develop PTSD. There are many variables when looking at healthcare workers though. The units worked in greats impacts the rate at which this disorder develops. The ICU, ER, and those that work directly with victims of assault, have higher rates than those that work in other units.

 

  1. Journalists

You may think that being a journalist is a fairly low risk job for PTSD. For most it is, but those that work as war correspondents are exposed to increased risk of personal threats such as injuries, kidnappings, or death. The rate among these individuals for PTSD is close to 30%. A big cause of this high number is likely the lack of support and resources available to these individuals.

 

  1. First Responders

First responders are the rescue workers, medical workers, and volunteers that are the first to arrive and aid after a disaster as struck. This could either be a natural disaster such as a wildfire or hurricane, or even a terrorist attack such as a school shooting or bombing. These individuals witness these traumatic events and the aftermath first hand. The prevalence of PTSD among this profession is between 15-30%.

 

If you work in one of these professions and feel like you might be experiencing symptoms of PTSD, please contact us.

What To Do During A Panic Attack

Experiencing a panic attack can be terrifying. It’s not only a mental thing either. An attack has physical symptoms as well, including shaking, disorientation, nausea, irregular heartbeats, dizziness and others signs.  These symptoms aren’t dangerous, but they certainly feel like they are. Some people when they first experience a panic attack mistake it for a heart attack, believing they are going to collapse or even die.

Understanding panic attacks, and knowing what to do when you’re having one, is the best way to manage them.

 

What is a panic attack?

Symptoms of a panic attack can vary depending on the individual. A person might feel a few or all of the common symptoms. Each attack can bring on different symptoms too. That makes it difficult for people to always identify when they’re having on. Here are a few of the most common symptoms people report feeling:

  • Racing or irregular heartbeat
  • Feeling weak, dizzy, and/or faint
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or fingers
  • Sense of terror
  • Sweating or chills
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of control

 

Psychiatrists, researchers, and doctors still aren’t entirely sure what causes panic attacks. They are linked to panic disorder, but not always. Some possible causes could be biology, life changes, or stress. Panic attacks can run in families too. Women are twice as likely to get then compared to men. Psychiatrists also say that once you experience one you are at higher risk of having another.

 

What to do During a Panic Attack

There are a few things people can do to calm themselves during a panic attack. This can help stop or reduce the length of the attack.

 

Tell Yourself It Will Pass: All panic attacks pass eventually. Knowing that what you are experiencing will be over eventually will help calm you down.

 

Don’t Distract Yourself: It’s important to ride out the panic attack. Looking for distractions or leaving a situation won’t help. In fact, it will only give into the anxiety and panic. Let yourself feel the fear and then come through it. This will let you discover nothing will happen.

 

Try Breathing Exercises: Controlling your breath can be extremely helpful in lowering your heart rate. Breath as slowly, gently, and deeply through your nose as you can. Counting can also help. Some people find it better to close their eyes and focus on their breathing. You will find that after a few minutes of breathing exercises you will feel better.

 

What to do after

After the panic attack has subsided, there are a few things you can do. Some psychiatrists recommend people carry on with the task they had been doing previously. This prevents you from giving complete control to the fear. Other doctors recommend going somewhere quiet to recuperate.

There is no physical danger from having one, however, if you experience them regularly, look into seeking the assistance of a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will be able to identify what is causing them and help you manage them. Contact our team today to discuss how we can yelp with panic attacks and anxiety disorder.

Treatment Options for OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be hard to live with. It’s a disorder that makes doing the simplest tasks challenging. OCD is exhausting to live with. It’s a disorder classified by its unrelenting intrusive thoughts, called obsessions, coupled with incredibly powerful compulsions.

There are varying degrees of OCD, from the person that simply likes things lined up to someone that can’t leave the house unless they flick the light switch 400 times. Individuals with this disorder find it hard to function and report having a poor quality of life. Most don’t want to do these seemingly odd behaviors- they have to.

The good news is that this condition is treatable. Here are the most common treatment options available currently for OCD.

 

Individual Therapy

Psychiatrists often use multiple types of therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is effective for many people with OCD. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT therapy used to treat this disorder. It involves gradually exposing an individual to a fear obsession or object, for example, dirt, and teaching those individuals healthy ways to cope with the anxiety they get from being around it.

ERP takes a lot of time and practice. However, it is an incredibly effective treatment. Many people report having a better quality of life after they learn to manage their obsessions and compulsions. Therapy isn’t just for the individual either. A combination of individual, family, and or group sessions can be used.

 

Medications

There are certain medications out there that psychiatrists may prescribe to help control the obsessions and compulsions brought on with OCD. Antidepressants are usually tried first. There are multiple antidepressants approved by the FDA to treat OCD right now. This is good news because it means if one medication doesn’t work there are still more to try.

Here are the approved antidepressants for OCD:
• Clomipramine (Anafranil): For adults and children (10 years and older)
• Fluoxetine (Prozac): For adults and children (7 years and older)
• Fluvoxamine: For adults and children (8 years and older)
• Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva): For adults only
• Sertraline (Zoloft): For adults and children (6 years and older)

Depending on the individual and psychiatrist, other antidepressants of psychiatric medication may be prescribed. It’s important to always be honest with your doctor when trying a new medication. Tell them if you are experiencing any side effects, suicidal thoughts, or not experiencing any change at all.

 

Other Treatments

While a combination of psychotherapy and medication is usually effective at treating OCD it doesn’t work for everyone. There is currently research going on to look at alternative treatments. Research is continuing to look at the potential effectiveness of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treating OCD. This is only for OCD that doesn’t respond to traditional treatment. It’s still a new treatment option so if you are considering it talk it through thoroughly with your psychiatrist and multiple doctors so you understand all the pros and cons.

Contact us today to learn more about what treatment options we offer for obsessive compulsive disorder. We have a team of experienced professionals ready to help you. Remember, this is a treatable disorder and you can have your life back.

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

When people hear “eating disorder” their mind usually goes to anorexia or bulimia. And while these are serious disorders, they’re not the only ones. While some eating disorders are about an individual reducing their food intake, some are about increased food intake. In fact, around 5% of people with eating disorders suffer from binge eating disorder (BED). BED causes individuals to eat large and unhealthy quantities of food in a short time period.

 

What Is Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder has been around for awhile (most doctors have been recognizing it since the 1950’s), however, it has only been recently added to the DSM-5.

People with BED feel they have little control over their binges where they eat large quantities of food in short periods. Often these binges are to deal with emotional trauma or distress. Binging is common in other eating disorder, but unlike bulimic binges, people with BED don’t follow their binges with a purge.

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder can be hard to identify at times. Here are a few symptoms that a psychiatrist looks for to diagnosis it.

Recurrent episodes of binge eating (weekly) are cause for concern. Everyone over eats occasionally, but if it is happening regularly this could be a symptom of BED. Often the food eaten during these binging episodes is extremely unhealthy. Yes, eating an entire box of cookies isn’t healthy but that likely wouldn’t be considered BED. People with binge eating disorder consume thousands of calories in short periods of time. It’s not just one box they go through- it’s multiple.

As you might guess, people with BED continue to eat past the point of fullness or when they aren’t hungry. They also eat more rapidly than normal. People with BED may not even taste the food they are eating or be so consumed with eating as quickly as possible that they miss out on other sensations of eating.

Shame and guilt are common feelings people with BED feel after a binge episode. They may only do it when others aren’t around or hide the evidence. This is to limit the amount of shame and humiliation they feel.

If binge eating is followed by purging or caloric restrictions than anorexia or bulimia may be a more appropriate diagnosis. Diagnosing an eating disorder can be difficult since many share the same symptoms. That is why it’s important to get professional help so that you treat the right illness.

 

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

The world we live in is centered on food. From highly saturated food marketing campaigns to the “foodie” movement, it’s everywhere. Unfortunately, this type of environment can be extremely triggering to people who suffer from binge eating disorder. Most research into eating disorders has focused on anorexia and bulimia, but researchers are starting to figure out what exactly causes BED. Here are a few potential causes.

Psychological disorders and stress may cause BED. People cope with stress by eating, so at high-stress times or when a mental health issue is left untreated, people may turn to food for comfort.

Rigid diet practices may also be a cause. Our culture is very hypocritical. We get blasted with food advertisements yet we devalue people who aren’t thin or fit. Many people, especially women, are constantly trying to diet and lose weight to fit into this ideal mold. Research shows that restrictive diets cause some people to react with binge eating.

Age and gender play a role in BED. Women are more likely to develop BED, although unlike other eating disorders men have a much higher percentage. Most people with BED are in their 40’s or 50’s which distinguishes it from other eating disorders which are most common in young women.

Biology and genetics are also likely factors in an individual developing BED. Brain chemistry, genetic, family history, and other similar factors may increase one’s likelihood of developing it.

 

Dangers of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder poses serious health risks. Weight is the most obvious danger with this disorder. Frequent bingers are at risk for gaining large quantities of weight, which increased their risk for other ailments such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, cardiovascular issues, and other. Because guilt and shame are often felt, people with BED may also develop low self-esteem, self-hatred, or depression.

The weight gain many people with BED experience causes secondary consequences as well. Research has shown that society discriminates based on weight. Overweight people may get fewer or lower job offers, are vulnerable to bullying, and may not get adequate health care.

 

Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder

The good news is that like other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is treatable. The treatment for BED is similar to other protocols of eating disorders. The first step is to ensure stability with any health problems. For example, if a person with BED has diabetes, it’s important to treat that before treating the BED.

Individual therapy has proven to be highly effective in treating BED. Therapy works to uncover the reasons behind the binging as well as providing tools for coping with food cravings and emotional distress. In addition to therapy, some psychiatrists recommend medication.

Contact us today to take control over your binge eating disorder. We are more than happy to help you take your life back.

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What is Suboxone Treatment?

America is currently going through a huge opiate addiction epidemic. They are some of the most addictive and hardest to quit. Quitting cold turkey isn’t possible for most people, and even if they do fewer than 25% can remain clean for a year Thankfully there are new and improving treatment options out there to treat opiate addiction. Methadone is one of the most common, but there is an improved version of this called Suboxone treatment. Medication-assisted treatment like Suboxone is healthier, safer, and more likely to work for overcoming an addiction. Here is everything you need to know about Suboxone treatment and opiate addiction.

 

What Are Opiates?

Opiates, or opioids, are a class of drugs that include the illicit heroin, as well as licit prescription pain medication like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl.

Opiates are highly addicting because they interact with the opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system. These receptors are what control pleasure and pain in the body. This is why morphine is used in the hospitals and oxycodone is given for pain management. However, when not properly supervised they can lead to addiction as people chase that feeling of euphoria.

 

Opiate Addiction

There is an opiate crisis in America right now. Almost every day we’re greeted with news about people overdosing. In fact, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with opiate addiction driving the epidemic. That’s not surprising considering the number of opiate addicts.

There are over 2 million people with prescription pain reliever addictions and close to 600,000 people using heroin. These numbers continue to grow. Often, people develop an addiction from legally prescribed pain pills after surgery or an accident. When they are unable to refill prescriptions they start abusing heroin as a substitute, which is also much cheaper. Statistics estimate that around 23% of individuals that use heroine develop an opioid addiction.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to be you. While challenging and a long process, there is addiction treatment available for substance abuse.

 

Treatment Options

Since opiates are some of the most addicting substances, medication-assisted treatments are the most popular treatment options available. Medication-assisted treatment typically involves the use of methadone, naltrexone, or Suboxone, to compliment counseling and other behavioral aspects of addiction.

These medications help with withdrawal and the cravings that many people experience during addiction that leads to relapse.

What is Suboxone Treatment?

Suboxone is one of the medications available for opioid addiction. The FDA approved it in 2002 as an alternative to the popular methadone treatment. Suboxone is the combination of two medications, buprenorphine, and naloxone. Suboxone works for opiate addiction since it suppressed withdrawal symptoms and cravings, doesn’t cause euphoria, and blocks the problem opioids for at least 24 hours.

There have been high success rates for Suboxone. 40-60% of individuals that receive Suboxone treatment either retain treatment or sobriety. These results are much higher than it’s more popular counterpart, methadone. Because Suboxone blocks other opiates if someone takes on while on Suboxone, they won’t feel the “high”. This gives them a second chance at recovery.

Suboxone comes in a tablet or a filmstrip, the filmstrip being the most recommended as it can’t be crushed and abused. Because it is long-lasting (24 hours) it only has to be taken once a day. Treatment is quick, effective, and long lasting.

Suboxone Treatment vs. Methadone

Methadone has been the leading treatment option for opiate addiction for years. While it works, there are some downsides to it. Methadone clinics are highly regulated by the government, which means that in order to receive this treatment you have to be enrolled in the federal program.

One of the big dangers to methadone is that it produces a euphoric feeling similar to the opiates people are trying to kick. This means there is a danger that people will become addicted to the medication that is supposed to help them. Suboxone won’t produce this “high” no matter how much is taken.

Addictions can be overwhelming and all consuming. With treatment options like Suboxone and addiction counseling, there is hope for recovery. Contact us today to get these treatments or to discuss other options available.