Helpful Info for Families
& Loved Ones
Peachford Hospital is dedicated to providing the greater Atlanta, Georgia, community with the mental and behavioral health services needed to live a happy, productive and healthy life. To keep our community up-to-date on the latest in mental health news, we’ve provided some resources below that can help keep families informed. From new developments in care to ways to spot warning signs of mental health issues, you browse the items below for resources that could help you better understand the important work we do.
GLOSSARIES & DISCUSSION GUIDES
COMMON PROBLEMS & DISORDERS
This glossary of common mental health issues and terms can help increase your understanding and empower you to know when to reach out for help or how to best offer much-needed support. Keep in mind that while mental illness is treatable, it is also serious and often requires medical intervention by professionals.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT DRUGS
By Stephanie Thomas
While there are moments of joy and wonder tucked around all the challenges of parenting a high schooler, you might be wondering how to tackle the toughest subjects of the next few years without pushing your child away or making things worse. When it comes to talking about drug and alcohol use in particular, should you use a stern voice and big threats? Play it cool and keep your conversations lighthearted?
Tips for Talking About Drugs with Your Middle Schooler
Middle schoolers who drink or use drugs, even just once before reaching the teenage years set themselves up for a greater possibility of fighting addiction as adults. Thankfully, most preteens don’t consider themselves too old to lend an ear to their parents. So, take advantage. Then be sure to return the favor, leaving the door wide open for future discussions.
How to Talk to Your Elementary School Kids About Drugs
Research shows us that kids as young as nine years old begin making decisions about how they’ll respond to offers of drugs and alcohol in the future. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse says talking early and often about drugs makes kids 42 percent less likely to use them.
Yes, You Should Talk to Your Preschooler About Drugs
Putting the words “drugs” and “preschoolers” in the same sentence looks like the backlash to helicopter parenting gone haywire, but experts believe the preschool years are the best time to start the conversation. Preschoolers have growing minds and bodies, and they’re slowly but surely starting to grasp complex issues like cause and effect.
RECENT NEWS & ARTICLES
Why Are Young People So Lonely?
A recent survey of 20,000 U.S. adults by nationwide health insurer Cigna — using the UCLA Loneliness Scale — reveals that more than half the U.S. population feels lonely. In this survey, the scores of millennials and Generation Z were even higher than that of baby boomers or older. So, what’s happening here?
Teen Athletic Injuries as a Path to Addiction
When a painful sports injury threatens to sideline an otherwise healthy young person, fighting through the pain is the only way he or she knows to get back in the game. When a doctor prescribes something to help in that fight, parents have no reason not to trust and follow the treatment plan. But for many young athletes, receiving an opioid prescription for sports injuries can be the first step on the road to addiction.
Why Breaking Up With Addiction Isn’t Always Easy
Addiction can damage the mind, but it also wreaks havoc on the body, relationships and so many other facets of everyday life. One may want to kick the habit to the curb more than anything, it’s important to understand how the brain works because its unique chemistry isn’t always on someone’s side. Why is relapsing so common?
Senior Adults and Addiction: A Hidden but Dangerous Risk
We all know health risks increase with age. But there’s a risk seniors face that often flies under the radar – substance abuse and addiction. Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence show that 2.5 million older adults have an alcohol or drug issue.
The Aftermath of Suicide: How Survivors Cope
There truly is no way to properly convey the grief that families and friends feel when someone they care about has attempted or died by suicide. It takes a great deal of strength to move forward after this type of incident, but there are ways to find healing over time, even if it seems impossible in the beginning.
The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude
Gratitude is a positive virtue that helps build these character traits, but it also can lead to many mental and physical health benefits. Particularly for individuals who deal with anxiety and depression, incorporating acts of gratitude into daily life can help alleviate some of the side effects of these illnesses.
What Is It About Pet Therapy that Works?
Bringing a friendly pet into a group of people helps everyone connect through playing with it together. Noticing this dynamic, the mental health professionals at Peachford and other facilities have been intentionally adding various animals as therapy helpers to their treatment tools for a wide range of patients.
The Stigma of Mental Illness
Studies of those with mental health disorders, addiction issues and PTSD suggest that fear of being outcast because of social expectations can stop people from seeking treatment.
ZUNG DEPRESSION SCALE
The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale is a useful tool you can employ to help determine if you may be experiencing symptoms of depression. As described by the World Health Organization, the results can be helpful in determining the severity of one’s symptoms but is no substitute for a comprehensive exam or assessment by a professional. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only.
We’re Here to Help
Asking for help often feels like a scary hurdle to jump, but we’re here to walk you through it. Take the first step in discovering what life without crisis can feel like. Call Peachford Hospital at 770-455-3200 or visit our facility for a no-cost, confidential assessment by one of our licensed behavioral health professionals. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help determine your individual needs and help find the best program for you or your loved one. For additional questions about our programs, call us or submit your inquiry through our online contact form. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.