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News about mental health from Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego’s largest provider of behavioral health care.

Addiction & Recovery

Treating Mental Illness and Addiction: People with mental illness are twice as likely to develop a drug or alcohol addiction than the rest of the population.

From Addiction to Recovery: Understanding the 6 stages of change helps those with addiction problems recover.

Helping Someone with Substance Dependence: A psychologist offers advice on how to support someone with encouragement and empathy.

Kevin’s Road to Sobriety: An aftercare group at Sharp Mesa Vista helped Kevin sustain sobriety from addiction.
 

Bipolar Disorder

Destroying the Stigma of Bipolar Disorder: Actress and author Carrie Fisher worked to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.
 

Children and Adolescents

I Think My Child is Depressed — Now What? New AAP guidelines help doctors and parents support kids with depression.

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide: Talking about suicide can lead to prevention rather than ideation.

Normal Teen Behavior or a Reason for Concern? All teens go through changes and challenges — learn how to tell what’s normal, and what’s not.

Recognizing Substance Abuse in Teens: When teenage curiosity turns into something more serious.
 

Depression

Can ‘Special K’ Treat Depression? Ketamine therapy is a potential option for treatment-resistant depression.

3 Ways Depression is Different for Men: Depression looks different in men and requires a different approach. Here’s what you need to know.

A Surprising Way to Treat Depression: Patients with long-term depression may find relief with ECT.
 

Domestic Abuse

Help After Leaving a Violent Relationship: Cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients who have experienced domestic violence.
 

Eating Disorders

The Most Common Eating Disorder Isn’t What You Think: Binge eating disorder affects more Americans than anorexia and bulimia combined.

Eating Disorders: Not Just for the Young: Experts report higher rates of anorexia and bulimia among women over age 50.
 

Senior Mental Health

‘Here I am, at the other end …’: A patient from Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital’s senior program talks about his experience.

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: Providing care for someone with dementia is challenging, but you don’t need to do it alone.
 

Suicide Prevention

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Suicide: Important information from a licensed mental health therapist that could save a life.

Destigmatizing Suicide: For every person who dies by suicide, 25 make an attempt. But prevention is possible.

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide: Talking about suicide can lead to prevention rather than ideation.

 

Mental Health for Veterans

Returning to the Homefront: Ronnie’s Story: A Navy combat veteran shares his challenges after his honorable discharge.

Help for Veterans with PTSD: Personalized care and innovative therapies helped Brandon leave bad memories in the past.