Category archives: Mental Health Guide

Depression & Grief

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Depression Is Not a Weakness in Character    of Americans — almost 19 million, or 10 percent of our population, according to 2012 statistics — suffer from depression. An estimated 11 percent of adolescents, 30 percent of college students, 14 percent of new moms and 10 percent of adults 65 and older have been affected by depression. Depression is a terribl[...]

Veterans' Issues

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Service Comes with High Cost    nation’s veterans make great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms, often serving in combat and doing so diligently and bravely. Military service is not without its consequences, among them are issues with mental wellbeing. According to a 2014 study*, nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition.[...]

Eating Disorders

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Recognizing an Eating Disorder By Rebecca F. Ward, LCSW, MSW & Angela E. Thomas    my profession, there are few diagnoses that have a mortality risk. Eating disorders are one of them. Eating disorders affect up to 30 million people of all ages and genders in the United States. Theses disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, are associa[...]

Addiction: There's Always Hope

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Recovery is possible. “An addiction is a maladaptive overindulgence in behavior — in process or in substance — that has become self destructive.” This definition was supplied by Kristin Agar, a licensed clinical social worker as well as a certified intervention professional and certified Arise Interventionist. She has practiced since 1978 and is one of a [...]

Mental Illness Stigma

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The stigma of having a mental illness has improved over the years.   illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have been avoided or perhaps indicates a serious aberration in a person’s [...]

Markey Ford: Twelve Steps to One Great Comeback

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Life Anew Photography by Brandon Markin / shot on location at Little Rock Violin Shop   Ford’s toolbox is a big, three-tiered red metal box from Sears, and one of her tools is a wooden-handled hammer inscribed with the words “This too shall pass.” It’s not a real toolbox — it’s more of a visual representation of the kit of spiritual tools she has [...]

Steve Blackwood: Sounding the Alarm

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Preventing the unthinkable. Photography by Brandon Markin   Blackwood and Bruce Trimble serve as co-chairs of the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council, formed last year by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to provide “a comprehensive and coordinated approach to prevent suicide across all age and demographic groups” in Arkansas and “to ensure that suicide prevent[...]

Tommy Smith: Life in Sobriety

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Tommy Smith is celebrating five years of sobriety. Photography by Brandon Markin   day after completing his morning radio co-host duties, Tommy Smith would swing through his preferred liquor store and spend the rest of the day escaping with his “friend” Jack Daniels. His routine changed in May 2011 when he was arrested for DWI. When he found hi[...]

Nicole Hart: Providing Holistic Help at ARVets

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Help for the healing. Photography by Brandon Markin   clinical research on PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, focuses on select gene processes and high-tech brain imaging, veterans throughout Central Arkansas are finding holistic solutions at ARVets, a “one-stop shop” for mental health resources for Arkansas veterans and their families. ARVets’[...]