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How to Cope With Night Terrors if You Have PTSD

Many people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience sleep disturbances, including night terrors. Parasomnias are common among individuals with PTSD. According to Frontiers in Psychology, “PTSD is . . . linked to remarkable disruptive nocturnal behaviors, including abnormal vocalizations and complex body movements.” Parasomnias, including night terrors and sleepwalking, can impact a person’s overall […]

Could I Have Undiagnosed Adult ADHD?

Finding it difficult to focus on something, even when it seems like an easy task, may be a sign of adult ADHD. People with this condition might have trouble prioritizing a schedule, forget meetings, or even unintentionally blow off friends for social events. Being distracted happens to everyone, but when our lack of focus starts […]

How to Calm Your Mental Health Symptoms Before Bedtime

Many people struggle to get enough quality sleep each night. You might feel anxious, experience nightmares, or have other mental health symptoms that disturb your sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep.” Professional mental […]

How to Decide if Outpatient or Partial Hospitalization Program Is Right for Your Bipolar Disorder

Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) benefit from attending intensive outpatient (IOP) or partial hospitalization (PHP) programs. The structured environment removes stressors and reduces symptoms, allowing clients to address underlying issues contributing to disruptive symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a […]

Why Aren’t More Men Looking After Their Mental Health Needs?

Our society often places certain expectations on men and their mental health needs. Such expectations have significantly changed in the last several years and continue to evolve today. However, we still view men as strong and resilient, and we afford few opportunities for men to be vulnerable. Men are not always stoic, strong figures. They […]

How to Tell if Your Mental Health Is Causing Physical Pain

Physical pain has multiple potential causes. In some cases, emotional distress or mental health symptoms cause people to feel aches or discomfort in various parts of their body. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, “The brain supports a complex cyclical interaction between pain and specific emotional states.” Fortunately, Alter Wellness Care provides evidence-based treatment […]

How to Control a Panic Attack Without Access to Your Therapist or Doctor

Panic attacks can be scary if you experience them frequently and unpredictably. Having severe anxiety or psychosis can make these attacks stronger. By getting care from a mental health expert such as your therapist, doctor, or psychiatrist, you are taking steps to manage your panic attacks effectively. Sometimes, however, you cannot control when or where […]