PTSD Awareness Month: History

Categories: Mental Health
Although controversial when first announced, the PTSD diagnosis has filled an important gap in psychiatric theory and practice. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) added PTSD to the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) nosologic classification scheme. The concept of “trauma” is vital to understanding the scientific basis …

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Foster Care and Adoption: Add To Your Loving Family

Categories: Child Welfare
Foster Care and Adoption: Add To Your Loving Family Every two minutes, another child in the United States enters foster care. And similarly, far too many Washington, D.C. youth and teens live in homes facing crises and challenges that pose a risk to their safety and well-being. Every child deserves a safe and loving place …

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Mental Illness: Family Support

Categories: Mental Health
Mental illness can have a serious impact on families, either creating or resulting from tension and disagreement in the home. Whether the individual struggling with mental illness is a child, parent or grandparent, Family Matters is here to help at all stages of life. Families struggling with the effects of mental illness can receive family …

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What is Maternal Depression?

Categories: Mental Health
What is Maternal Depression? The term maternal depression, according to The Department of Health, includes a range of conditions that can affect women during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. These conditions include prenatal depression, the “baby blues,” postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Prenatal Depression takes place during pregnancy and affects around 15% of …

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Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate

Categories: Mental Health
Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate Mental illness does not discriminate. Transcending socioeconomic, cultural and geographic boundaries, mental illness impacts everyone. It can affect anyone at any time and unfortunately has a large stigma attached. Since its inception in 1943, Family Matters’ Mental and Behavioral Health unit has improved the access and quality of care for area residents …

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