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How Psychiatric Service Dogs Provide Support for Mental Health

What are Psychiatric Service Dogs? Psychiatric service dogs, psychiatric assistance dogs, and emotional support dogs all play valuable roles in supporting individuals with mental health conditions, but they differ in their training, legal definitions, and the roles they perform. Let’s look at each of them. Psychiatric service dogs are a type of service dog trained to perform specific tasks to assist individuals with disabilities, including psychiatric disabilities. Their training is focused on actionable tasks such as reminding their handler to take medication, providing safety checks or room searches for those with PTSD, interrupting self-harm behaviors, or pulling their handler from an overwhelming situation. Psychiatric service dogs have legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), allowing them to accompany their owners in most public places. Psychiatric Assistance Dogs (PADs) as a term is often used interchangeably with psychiatric service dogs. They are essentially the same, performing specific tasks to help individuals with psychiatric conditions. The key component that defines them as ‘service’ or ‘assistance’ dogs is their task-specific training related to the handler’s disability. PSD...

By LifeStance Health

Published: May 22, 2024
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Here’s What You Need to Know About Spravato Nasal Spray (esketamine) and How It Can Help Treatment Resistant Depression

What Is Spravato? Spravato is a type of medication administered through a nasal spray to individuals who have not responded well to conventional antidepressants or experience depression with suicidal ideation and intent.  It is a new treatment approach that offers the potential for rapid relief of depression. What sets Spravato apart is its differentiated mechanism of action and its active ingredient, esketamine. It’s a derivative of racemic ketamine, a widely used generic anesthetic consisting of esketamine and arketamine, and unfortunately, a drug of abuse when used recreationally and outside of a medical indication. Spravato is delivered via 2-3 intranasal spray devices administered 5 minutes apart, each providing 28 mg of esketamine in a fine mist, allowing the medication to be absorbed through the nasal passage. Patients typically receive 8 treatments the first month and respond quickly, often within 3-7 days, compared to traditional antidepressants that can take 6-8 weeks to take effect. Difficult to treat depression and depression in those with suicidal thoughts cause many problems for patients and families, including prolonged suffering, functional impairment, job loss, caregiver stress and reduced quality of life. According to Dr....

By LifeStance Health

Published: April 30, 2024
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Here’s What You Need to Know About Spravato Nasal Spray (esketamine) and How It Can Help Treatment Resistant Depression

How to Seek Help for Hoarders

Unpacking the Common Methods of Overcoming Hoarding Despite affecting a significant percentage of the population, hoarding is a topic that remains somewhat stigmatized and severely misunderstood. But what exactly does it entail? Whether seeking actionable advice, guided help for hoarders or just curious to learn more, you’re in the right place. We’re starting the conversation about this commonly experienced condition, including tips on how to overcome hoarding. The Fine Line Between Collecting and Hoarding Some people see collecting as a socially acceptable form of hoarding, but where is the line? The truth is that it is often a blurry one. While emotional connections to physical objects are a driving force for collectors and hoarders, the nature and significance of these connections vary greatly. One of the main differences is that collectors tend to be purpos...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 20, 2024
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Disorders

3 Biggest Myths About Agoraphobia

About 1.3 % of adults in the United States live with agoraphobia. This is about the same number of people who live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is more common and understood. New pandemic-driven social patterns, including the rise of remote work and contactless home deliveries may worsen agoraphobia in some sufferers. Agoraphobia garnered significant media attention in the beginning of 2023, when Prince Harry bravely disclosed his personal struggle with the condition in his new book. “I was an agoraphobe,” he wrote in Spare. “Which was nearly impossible given my public role.” He also recalls how he “nearly fainted” during one speech that ‘couldn’t be avoided or canceled. His candid revelation not only shed light on the often-overlooked challenges faced by individuals dealing with agoraphobia but also sparked important conversations surrounding mental health on a global scale. Prince Harry’s openness about his own experiences served as a powerful reminder that mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of their status or background, and inspired many to seek help and support for their own mental well-being. His willingness to share his journey has not only helped reduce the stigma associated with agoraphobia but has also encouraged greater empathy and unders...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 18, 2024
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Types of Therapy

What to Expect with Couple’s Therapy

Couples therapy is essential for fixing relationships, but people think you only need it when something is wrong. There are many reasons why people seek out couples therapy; these include but are not limited to navigating communication issues between partners, life transitions like marriage, parenthood, and retirement, as well as crisis points like dealing with infidelity, addiction, or major marital conflicts. Relationships are beautiful, complex, and sometimes challenging journeys. When couples face obstacles, seeking professional help through couples therapy can be crucial to healing and strengthening their bond. Understanding your initial motivation to seek therapy is the first step in the journey to couple’s therapy. Once you’ve read the advice columns, listened to the podcasts, and talked to your partner, then you are ready. Ready to let someone else into your relationship: a therapist. But knowing where to start is challenging. What to ask them and what to expect from couples therapy can be daunting....

By LifeStance Health

Published: October 23, 2023
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Disorders

Recently Diagnosed with Adult ADHD? Here are Your Next Steps

This content has been updated from previous article on September 17, 2020. It’s becoming increasingly evident that Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are on the rise among adults, underscoring the need for understanding and support in this realm. While ADHD is traditionally associated with childhood, the surge in adult diagnoses can be attributed to various factors, including destigmatization, heightened awareness, improved mental health understanding, and more accessible treatment avenues. Unveiling the Growth in Adult ADHD Diagnosis The landscape of ADHD diagnosis is shifting. Although ADHD is typically identified during childhood (between ages 3 and 17), there’s a noticeable increase in adult ADHD diagnoses. Several factors contribute to this surge: Past Diagnosis Gaps: A significant number of adults remained undiagnosed with ADHD in their childhood due to societal stigma and li...

By LifeStance Health

Published: October 18, 2023
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Recently Diagnosed with Adult ADHD? Here are Your Next Steps
Anxiety/Stress

Are You Introverted or Socially Anxious?

This content has been updated from previous article. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? If you struggle in your interactions with most people, you likely answer “introvert,” rather quickly. After all, extroverts and ambiverts are at least somewhat comfortable in social situations, right? Not exactly. To clarify, introversion is not a mental disorder or social anxiety disorder. It is simply a personality trait where introversion is on one end of the personality spectrum and extroversion being its opposite. It is how people recharge their social battery, and it is not as black as white as many may believe. In fact, people can also exhibit both introverted and extroverted traits. These people are known colloquially as ambiverts. Ambiverts are in the middle of extroversion and introversion and can act like both in different situations. These characteristics can vary in intensity from person to person. On the other hand, social anxiety is a mental health condition that can cause anguish and undue stress. Introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts can all have social anxiety....

By LifeStance Health

Published: October 16, 2023
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Are You Introverted or Socially Anxious?