Mental Health

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    Pharmacogenetic Testing Can Save Lives

    By By Dr. Elena Zerpa, DLC Child & Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    April 04, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has recently added pharmacogenetic testing for our clients, and this innovative tool is already proving extremely helpful. Let me explain a bit about what this testing is and does. Each of us has a unique genetic makeup. The genes we...

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    Meet Local Mental Health Heroes at our Mental Health Month Open House and Grand Opening in May

    March 01, 2017

    During National Mental Health Awareness Month, each year in May the mental health community joins together to reaffirm our commitment to building a better understanding of mental illnesses, increasing access to treatment and spreading awareness about the importance of good mental health for...

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    BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES: TIPS FOR COPING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

    By MARY R.

    November 30, 2016

    Holidays are joyful, festive times. Right? So why do they feel like an overwhelming minefield of triggers and temptations to people who suffer from addiction, mood swings, depression and anxiety? Maybe we have unrealistic expectations of how we’re supposed to feel during the...

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    Therapy: Starting a Therapeutic Garden

    August 23, 2016

    Did you know that an excellent way to ease mental stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression is right in your backyard? Simply by planting and taking care of a garden, you could benefit from reduced symptoms and improve your mental health. How Reliable Is...

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    Explaining the Answer to “What Is Depression?” and “What Is Anxiety?” to Others

    August 10, 2016

    You’ve felt it coming on, and you know it’s there, but explaining what chronic anxiety is to someone who has never experienced it can be a daunting task. And even though you know you have it, even you might even be wondering what...

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    Your Naples Mental Health Center

    July 01, 2016

    Mental health is part of who we are: it is comprised of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. The lifetime chances of being affected by a mental health problem — whether it is your own or that of someone you know — is...

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    The Connection Between Diet and Mental Health

    June 21, 2016

    We know what you eat can affect your waistline, but not many people realize that what you eat (and don’t eat) can also affect your mental health. Eating in a healthy way can help prevent and manage a variety of mental health conditions,...

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    Mental Health Tips for Dealing with Traumatic Events

    June 01, 2016

    Sadness, fear, helplessness, and anxiety are all natural responses to the shooting in Orlando. Everyone feels and reacts to traumatic events such as hate crimes and terrorist attacks differently. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. But, if you or someone you...

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    Am I Depressed? Symptoms of Depression

    May 03, 2016

    Everyone can get the blues — especially when you’re facing tough times. It’s a normal part of life. Stress, the loss of a loved one, divorce, and financial trouble can all play a role in contributing to depression. However, depression that persists longer...

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    Should You Always Have the Same Therapist? How to Know it’s Time to Find a New Therapist

    April 19, 2016

    Seeking therapy is a great way to resolve personal issues that you may be dealing with. If you already have a therapist, then you know the benefits of having an objective third party to turn to that will help you conquer your issues....

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    Living in a 24/7 Connected World and the Effects on Mental Health

    April 07, 2016

    It’s no secret that technology has made leaps and bounds in the last decade. We’re now able to do so much from the palms of our hands; we can pay bills, make reservations, shop online, and so much more. There’s no doubt that...

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    Issues and Answers About Cyberbullying

    March 28, 2016

    Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person. This is usually done by sending mean messages or even threats to someone though a website, email, social media, phone or text message. With over 80% of teens having access to cell...

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    FRIENDS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

    March 22, 2016

    It is never easy to see someone you care for struggling with a physical or mental health disorder, and the value of friendship during these challenging times is crucial. Too often, people respond negatively when someone shares that they struggle from a mental...

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    HOW TO COPE WITH A PANIC ATTACK

    March 10, 2016

    If you suffer from anxiety, you know that overcoming panic attacks is far from easy. However, there might be a better way to deal with your condition compared to what you have tried in the past. The most effective way to cope with...

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    ISSUES AND ANSWERS ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

    March 01, 2016

    In honor of February’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, our second prevention student mental health We Care Campaign video focused on bringing awareness to the dangers of teen dating violence. The We Care Campaign is a collaboration with the David Dawrence Center,...

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    HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MENTAL HEALTH DOCTOR

    February 23, 2016

    Selecting the right mental health doctor can be a challenge, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. However, choosing the right mental health doctor ultimately relies on your individual needs and circumstances. Some factors you will want to consider in choosing the...

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    5 EASY TIPS FOR MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH

    February 10, 2016

    Taking care of your mental health is one of the most important things you can do. If you’re feeling stressed, down, or depressed, it will take a toll on your mind and your everyday life. While there is no quick fix to achieving...

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    ISSUES AND ANSWERS ABOUT TEEN SUICIDE

    February 01, 2016

    Teen suicide is a growing national and local health concern. Nearly 100 young people are lost each week to suicide making it the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Each day in our nation there are an average...

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    SUICIDE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SURPASSES MURDERS & TRAFFIC FATALITIES COMBINED

    January 21, 2016

    Facilities like The David Lawrence Center in Naples, keep a close eye on people who are suicidal and provide them with temporary treatment. Mary Ann Guerra, director of acute care and emergency services for the Naples-based David Lawrence Center, said a successful suicide...

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    HOW TO CONTROL ANGER: ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

    January 08, 2016

    Charles Spielberger, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in the study of anger, says that anger is considered “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage.” Similar to other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological...

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    TYPES OF DEPRESSION | KNOWING THE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

    December 17, 2015

    What is Depression? Depression is a condition that makes someone feel sad most of the time and makes it hard to manage daily life. It can be treated by taking medicine, by talking with a therapist, or by making changes to one’s lifestyle....

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    EVIDENCED BASED DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS

    November 02, 2015

    David Lawrence Center recently launched the new Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program targeted to both the adolescent and adult populations. DBT blends proven Western Cognitive therapy and Eastern meditative approaches to help people achieve emotional stability, decrease stress and live in acceptance and...

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT SCHIZOPHRENIA AND WHERE TO FIND TREATMENT

    October 20, 2015

    Did you know around 1% of Americans have schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder which may cause for people to hear voices that other people don’t. Often, people with schizophrenia may not make any sense when they talk, or...

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    THE STATE OF YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH: SIGNS OF WHEN YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH HELP

    October 07, 2015

    According to WebMD, nearly 5 million children in the US have some type of serious mental illness (meaning one that interferes with daily life). Additionally, in any given year, 20% of American children will be diagnosed with a mental illness. We love our...

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    WHAT IS ANXIETY? SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY DISORDER AND ANXIETY TREATMENT OPTIONS

    September 30, 2015

    Anxiety is an emotion that every human experiences at certain points in their lives. Some people feel anxious or nervous before taking a test or speaking in public. Others may experience anxiety when they are faced with a problem at work or making...

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    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PTSD | WHERE TO FIND PTSD TREATMENT IN NAPLES

    September 21, 2015

    It is normal for a person to have a stressful reaction after experiencing a trauma. This reaction may cause a person’s emotions or behaviors to change in a way that is upsetting. Even though many people will experience stress after a traumatic event,...

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    BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY

    August 04, 2015

    If you’re seeking mental health or substance abuse help, you may have heard the term “group therapy” at some point or another. However, some might not feel comfortable with the idea of group therapy. You may think it invades your privacy as a...

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    RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS: DEBUNKING MENTAL ILLNESS MYTHS

    July 07, 2015

    Mental illness affects many individuals and families across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world is affected by a mental or neurological disorder. Though there are many types of treatment available to those who experience...

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    UNDERSTANDING CUTTING AND DELIBERATE SELF HARM

    June 25, 2015

    Injuring yourself on purpose by deliberately inflicting physical harm to your body is called self-injurious behavior and can include behaviors such as cutting, scratching, burning, biting, pulling out hair, burning your skin with an eraser, etc. One of the most common forms is...

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    WHAT IS BIPOLAR DEPRESSION?

    June 25, 2015

    According to WebMD.com, bipolar disorder affects around 5.7 MILLION American adults in the US. You may have heard those around you making jokes, such as “I’m so bipolar!” and referring to their changing moods. However, bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness and...

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    FLORIDA MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES FOR TEENS

    May 20, 2015

    What is the biggest challenge faced by teens today? It is not puberty, acne, or worrying about grades in high school. Most of the teens today are suffering severe mental illnesses that lead them to substance abuse and addiction. In fact, experts say...

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  • MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH: IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

    May 15, 2015

    While May is known as Mental Health Month, it’s important to remember that there are those suffering from mental health problems all year long. May is to help us raise awareness for the importance of mental health and how important it is for...

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  • ADVANTAGES OF GROUP THERAPY

    April 21, 2015

    April 21, 2015 If you’re seeking mental health or substance abuse help, you may have heard the term “group therapy” at some point or another. However, some might not feel comfortable with the idea of group therapy. You may think it invades your...

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  • CUTTING AND DELIBERATE SELF INJURY

    April 01, 2015

    By Nancy Dauphinais, LMHC Injuring yourself on purpose by deliberately inflicting physical harm to your body is called self-injurious behavior and can include behaviors such as cutting, scratching, burning, biting, pulling out hair, burning your skin with an eraser, etc. One of the...

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  • GETTING MENTAL HEALTH HELP

    March 05, 2015

    Mental illness refers to disorders related to mind that affects your thinking, mood, and behavior. According to a recent study report by National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, about 25% of Americans (65 million) suffer from mental disease of one kind or another. These...

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  • SEEKING HELP FOR DEPRESSION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

    February 09, 2015

    Depression: it's an illness some have experienced, but that few understand. The word itself is often used in a casual tone or interchanged with overall feelings of sadness. However, it's imperative to know that depression is a serious illness that affects a large...

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  • MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUPS AND GROUP THERAPY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

    January 07, 2015

    If you're in the Southwest Florida area seeking mental health and substance abuse support groups and group therapy programs, the David Lawrence Center has mental health and addiction services designed to meet the mental health needs of the local community. Mental health support...

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  • GARDENING & THERAPY | DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER

    November 20, 2014

    Taking an active part in the work of a garden can be enjoyable and therapeutic. Gardening can be used as a way of calming ones mind, after a long stressful week at the office. There is something peaceful about a garden, almost an...

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  • UNDERSTANDING STRESS

    November 20, 2014

    According to the American Psychological Association, “stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic. Or it can last a long time when you’re dealing with relationship problems, a spouse’s death or other serious situations. Stress becomes...

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  • DEPRESSION AND AGING

    October 23, 2014

    The tragic loss of Robin Williams sparked a worldwide conversation about mental health, depression, suicide and aging. Old age is often portrayed as a time of rest, reflection and opportunities o do things that were put off while raising families and pursuing careers....

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