Expertise & Evidence
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Expertise & Evidence
Understanding that the signs your partner, family, or loved one is suffering from could be an undiagnosed disorder is the first step to getting you and your loved one the help they need to recover. In the following sections, we will explore some of the main disorders that may require inpatient services.
Described as both a mental health and substance use disorder
Concurrent disorders are common (over 7 million adults suffer from them) as often, people with mental disorders have a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder, and vice versa. However, this does not mean that one caused the other and it can be difficult to determine which came first.
How to treat them?
Acute Stress Disorder
What it is & How to Identify it
PTSD: What it is & How to Identify it
The Symptoms & How to Treat
Acute Stress Disorders Interview (Structured Interview).
Acute Stress Disorder Scale (Self Report).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Exposure Based Therapies
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
What it is & its Symptoms
Bereavement is the state of loss when someone close to an individual has died. Feelings of bereavement can also accompany other losses, such as the decline of one’s health or the health of a close other, or the end of an important relationship. People experience bereavement in various ways, with different thoughts or feelings during the process. People may feel shocked, sad, angry, scared, guilty or anxious. Some feel numb or have a hard time feeling emotions at all.
Characteristics of Those Suffering Pathological Grief
Nothing brings satisfaction, and it appears that they carry out many daily routines out of habit. Patients may show self punitive behaviour without being aware of guilt feelings. Such people may give away belongings, be lured into foolish financial dealings and act stupidly, damaging their reputations and losing their friends or professional status.
Drug dependency can develop to ward off painful awareness of the loss. In reality the loss is too difficult to accept.
What it is and How to Identify
There are common behavioral, emotional, financial and health signs of problem gambling.
- thinks about gambling all the time
- steals money to gamble
- is gone for long periods of time
- has conflicts with other people over money
- stops doing things individual previously enjoyed
- they start missing family events and neglecting
a child’s basic care
- changes patterns of sleep, eating or sex
- ignores self-care, work, school or family tasks
- uses alcohol or other drugs more often
- withdraws from family and friends
- has difficulty paying attention
- has mood swings and anger
- complains of restlessness
- seems depressed or suicidal
- borrows money or asks for salary advances
- takes a second job without a change in finances
- cashes in savings accounts, RRSPs or insurance plans
- has family members who complain that
- valuables and appliances are disappearing or that money is missing from a bank account or wallet
- gastrointestinal problems
- difficulty sleeping
- overeating or loss of appetite