Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Safford’s city council’s newest elected member has an untold success story. Chris Taylor has years of war deployments, a struggle with addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) behind him. Open about his past during his campaign, Taylor won his seat in November with the highest vote.  Read more

Substance abuse and mental health problems high among military wives and children

Substance abuse and mental health problems high among military wives and children

Military people continuously face isolation and loneliness on being cut off from their families for prolonged periods. Similar feelings creep in the minds of their wives left behind who might have to handle household responsibilities all alone. Read more

Childhood trauma linked to substance abuse and mental problems

Childhood trauma linked to substance abuse and mental problems

Trauma is a situation or an event that can generate a reaction which is normally of grief, shock, fear, panic or disbelief. But, what can be a traumatic experience for one individual might be a normal event for another. In fact, different reactions stem from different coping abilities. For example, children react differently to a traumatic event than adults, due to the variations in their perception of trauma. After a house fire, while the adults might get busy with insurance, a child might feel aggrieved because of the loss of toys, play area or books, which formed his or her small world and provided him or her with a sense of security and belonging. For a child, any situation, in which he or she feels unsafe, unloved and alone could be traumatic. Read more

Substance abuse ups the chances of schizophrenia by 6 times

Substance abuse ups the chances of schizophrenia by 6 times

Not all mental disorders push people into the realms of complete adversity. However, there are certain mental health problems like schizophrenia that seriously impact the way people think, feel and act. People suffering from this mental illness find it difficult to differentiate between the real and the imaginary state of mind. They are also at risk of abusing substances to deal with their symptoms or as a result of the illness. Read more

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher (60), the actress who played the role of Princess Leia in “Star Wars” passed away on December 27, 2016, four days after a massive heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The actress was being treated in the ICU of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles hospital. Read more