October 14, 2020

Treating Clients Who Have Experienced Police Brutality.

With a current spotlight on police brutality amongst people of color in our country, it’s important to discuss the mental health effects these traumatic interactions can have on those affected. Police brutality has been defined as the use of excessive physical force or verbal assault and psychological intimidation by law enforcement. Excessive use of force by aggressive police officers often result in increased rates of anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as overall lower well-being, lower self-regard, and ill health, particularly among minority populations.
September 2, 2020

What We Know Is Driving Addiction: Dopamine

Addiction is often thought of as a decision or selfish behavior. What if I told you that the process of addiction is an automatic unconscious process of the brain that acts like a reflex? Dopamine is a big player in how the brain works and continues cycles of addiction. Dopamine is released in abundant amounts while using drugs or engaging in compulsive behaviors (e.g. gambling, sex, and compulsive eating.) But dopamine is also released as a reaction to stress, which creates the cycle of addiction.