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SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Prelude on Jan 31, 2017 12:46:16 PM

What Is SAD?

SAD is a fitting acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a seasonal depression that coincides with the shortened days, colder temperatures and the lack of sunshine from November to February.

But SAD is more than just a simple case of the winter blues—it changes your brain chemistry, your mood, your appetite, and importantly for addicts, it can reduce your ability to control impulses. 

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Topics: Addicton, Behavior Management

When Life Feels out of Control - Coping with Stress

Posted by Prelude on Dec 2, 2016 3:02:42 PM

Stress and addiction go hand-in-hand. Studies show that common symptoms of stress—including a loss of impulse control, the inability to inhibit inappropriate behavior, the delay of gratification, and impaired memory—are well known to support addictive behaviors. And for recovering addicts, stress can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. 

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Topics: Behavior Management

What are Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)?

Posted by Ron Berg on Jul 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Co-occurring disorder refers to instances when someone meets criteria for both a mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse diagnosis.  This is sometimes called a dual diagnosis.  It is estimated that between 20 and 50 percent of mental health patients also have a co-occurring substance use disorder.

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Topics: Behavior Management

Dealing with Anxiety, Worry, and Panic

Posted by Jessica Targoff on Jun 8, 2015 10:45:00 AM

Recently I attended a wonderful conference on treatment resistant anxiety, worry and panic.  Dr. Jennifer Abel, Ph.D. was the presenter, and she is an international speaker and clinical psychologist who has specialized in cognitive-behavioral and integrative treatment of anxiety disorders for over 20 years.  She developed numerous innovative techniques based on evidence-based approaches that effectively treat anxiety disorders and related problems such as insomnia, irritability and fatigue. 

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Topics: Behavior Management

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At Prelude, we work tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals, their families, and members of their communities.

From prevention to intensive residential care, Prelude offers a range of services to help you and your loved one lead a full, productive life.  Prelude Behavioral Services has been providing comprehensive services since 1969. We are committed to serving hard-to-reach and disenfranchised populations and to breaking down barriers that hinder access to behavioral health care for all Iowans.

 

 

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