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How Barriers to Care Create Treatment Challenges for Troubled Children and Their Families

The path to a healthy relationship with your child, and getting support from loves ones can be even harder. Well-meaning friends and family might tell you to stage an intervention, find a therapist, or commit your child, thinking these strategies will miraculously fix the problem. The United States annually spends $113 billion on mental health treatment, but barriers to treatment – including flaws in the treatment itself – can mean that the people who need mental health care the most may never get it.

 


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Talking to Younger Children About a Troubled Adult Child

There is nothing more heartbreaking than a disappointed child. When you have an adult child who is mentally ill, violent, or struggling with substance abuse, you may find yourself caring for your grandchildren or struggling to explain the problem to a younger child. Emotions can run high during these conversations. Some parents find themselves bouncing between a desire to rant about a troubled child and a desire to protect a young child from knowledge about their parent or sibling's troubled behavior. Consequently, it's important to never have these conversations when you're feeling angry, emotional, or otherwise vulnerable, and to carefully consider what you're going to say.


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Navigating an Arrest: What to Expect When Your Child is Arrested

No matter how strained your relationship is and no matter what your child has done, hearing that the person you love most has been arrested can be terrifying for any parent.  The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming to people unfamiliar with the arrest process, and knowing what to expect can help you develop a strategy for drawing boundaries, getting legal help, intervening on your child's behalf, and deciding when to walk away.


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Psychiatric Hospitalization: When It’s the Right Option and What to Expect

The thought of a psychiatric hospitalization can be very scary for a family.  Read on to learn more about what you can expect from taking this step and how to navigate this difficult decision.  This is one of the topics covered in When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart.


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Book Preview

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart:
Coping With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart

A Preview of the Book


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Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents

Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents

The transition back to school can be a difficult adjustment for children and parents.  Getting the new school year off right can help influence children’s self-confidence, attitude, as well as social and academic performance. 


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Celebrating LGBT Pride Month


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Understanding our “Alphabet Soup”

The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine frequently fields questions about what our credentials stand for.  We often joke about our "alphabet soup."  But in all seriousness, it is important for our patients and referring colleagues to know what our credentials mean.  Here is a breakdown of the credentials of RCBM's clinical staff:

LMSW:  Licensed Master's Social Worker

ACSW: Academy of Certified Social Workers

ACG: ADDCA (ADD Coach Academy) Coach Graduate

CAAC: Certified Advanced Alcohol Counselor

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

LLPC: Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

LLP: Limited Licensed Psychologist

tLLP: Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

MSN: Master of Science Nursing

PMHNP: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

BC: Board-Certified

APRN: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

 

RCBM is proud to represent a wide range of disciplines in the mental health field!  Let us know if you have any questions about our professionals.


AD/HD Linked to Suicide and other Psychological Problems

This morning, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic released data from a longitudinal study showing that AD/HD often persists into adulthood and can bring with it numerous undesirable effects.  The study followed 5,718 children in Rochester, Minnesota, including 232 participants with a diagnosis of ADHD.


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“Good Sleep” Life Style

Throughout my life and over the years of my practice the concerns of healthy sleep have always been of interest. Not only is sleep just a good idea, it is essential for a healthy mind and body. This has led many professionals to pursue education and practices related to sleep cycles, science, mental techniques (such as relaxation, guided imagery, self hypnosis/self talk and thought control techniques). Though all of this is very interesting and has its place, I have found that the basics are often missing that cause sleep disturbances from children to the elderly. So, what are the basics of healthy sleep practices (sleep hygiene)?


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Clinical Research Trials

RCBM is currently involved in clinical trials on the following research topics:

Current Studies:

  • Adolescent ADHD, Ages 13-17
  • Adolescent Depression, Ages 12-17
  • Adult ADHD, Ages 18-65
  • Adult Depression, Ages 18-70
  • Teen Smoking Cessation, Ages 12-16

 

For more information on these studies, please contact Kevin Storai, MS at 248-608-8800 ext 266 or KStorai@rcbm.net.