AKUA MIND & BODY

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Month: October 2019

Facts About Ketamine & Treatment-Resistant Depression

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Ketamine & Treatment-Resistant Depression. 16 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode in a given year. Depression can seep into your professional career, make you doubt your relationships, leave you in bed crying, destroy your self-esteem, and ultimately wreak havoc on your life. Treatment for depression consists of […]

Brainspotting: The Science of Healing Trauma

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Brainspotting is a relatively new model of psychotherapy to help individuals overcome trauma. Dr. David Grand founded brainspotting in 2003 after working with individuals who experienced trauma during Hurricane Katrina and the devastating tragedy at the World Trade Center. Brainspotting is based on the theory that the brain can heal itself through eye movements. Sound […]

The Facts & Side Effects of Anti-Depressants

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Anti-depressants are the first-line treatment for moderate to severe depression. These medications should always be prescribed in conjunction with psychotherapy to see the biggest improvement in depressive symptoms. But some people hesitate when beginning treatment due to possible side effects. anti-depressants-facts-side-effects Choosing The Right Anti-Depressant It is important to choose an anti-depressant based on the […]

World Mental Health Day: Quiet Signs of Suicidality

Reading Time: 2 Minutes How often are these expressions heard when an individual attempts Suicidality or commits suicide? World Mental Health Day is October 10, 2019, and this year’s topic is suicide prevention. Approximately 800,000 individuals take their own lives each year, and more than twice this number attempt suicide. Individuals who are struggling with a mental health issue […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Supporting vs. Enabling

Reading Time: 3 Minutes In 1990 The U.S. Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). During this critical week, mental health advocates work together to educate the public about Enabling Mental Health. This week is dedicated to mental health treatment, awareness, and recovery. Understanding the difference between supporting and enabling is […]

Escaping The Shame Spiral

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Shame Spiral. That is a loaded “feeling” word. I lead a group on Shame Resilience at Akua Mind & Body, and as soon as I mention the word “shame,” the group members fall silent and grow tense. I start off all my groups asking, “What do you think Shame means?” Here are the responses I […]

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