Day of Friendship

Categories: Mental Health
Day of Friendship As we age, there is a tendency to shed family and friends which can hurt our mental and physical heath. Higher levels of social interaction can have a high payoff for elderly folks. On International Day of Friendship, celebrated on July 30th, Family Matters is challenging our community to befriend a senior. …

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Mental Health Open Houses

Categories: Mental Health
One invaluable aspect of mental illness treatment is having a strong support system. With more than 75 program directors, clinical managers, therapists and intake coordinators on staff, Family Matters Mental and Behavioral Health team is always here to help. We enjoyed two fun evenings with our Oxon Hill and Washington D.C communities doing all things …

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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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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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