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Behavioral Health News - March 2015
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 This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour continuing education credit for MFT's, LPCC's, LEP's, and/or LCSW's required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) provider number - PCE5216


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Sober World Magazine- March 2015


Rolling with Recovery: How Combat Sports Help Battle Addiction


By Chase Beckwith



Some combat sports, however, such as grappling, rely more on the cerebral aspect of the game versus raw conditioning, striking a balance between physicality and accessibility that has proven to be an effective recovery hobby for many.


Originally part of the centuries old art of judo, or "the gentle way," the modern incarnation of jiu-jitsu was derived from a modified version of the Japanese system, imported to the U.S. from Brazil in the mid 20th century where it was popularized, a feat due much in part to the famous Gracie clan's efforts in elevating the level of the sport, marketing wise. 


Read the Complete Article on Page 12 of the Issue

Helping Patients with a Fear of Doctors


Most patients who need to see a doctor have 

reservations about the experience at one point or another. Fear of learning about a potential diagnosis, condition or illness is a normal concern. However, there are those who experience more serious symptoms that prevent necessary physician office visits. Of course, this fear carries with it the danger of an illness progressing and creating health risks that could have been otherwise avoided. A fear of doctors and treatment centers is known as latrophobia.




Patients who experience latrophobia may have irrational fears of anything related to the treatment experience. Therefore, this phobia may extend further than a fear of visiting a hospital or being in the presence of medical professionals. The patient may be frightened of taking medication as prescribed or situations that may lead to injury or germ exposure. However, if a person does not get the proper assistance, irrevocable damage, even death, may occur.


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Patients with Heart Disease are More Likely to Battle Depression, Study Says


Studies have shown that patients with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than those who are otherwise healthy. However, research continues to be conducted as to why this is the case. Perhaps unsurprisingly, depression often leads to weakened physical and mental health. A weakened mental and physical constitution may exacerbate the symptoms of heart disease. Additionally, a distressed or apathetic emotional state can affect the patient's ability to properly follow through with treatment.




Those suffering from both depression and heart disease will be considerably more likely to display destructive behaviors. These habits can include poor diet and lack of exercise. The individual may be more likely to engage in alcohol or substance abuse as a means of alleviating feelings of depression. In turn, this harmful behavior worsens the experienced symptoms in the long-term. The effects of controlled substances may make proper diagnosis of the condition difficult. A dual diagnosis may be required for proper treatment.


Sovereign Book Spotlight:


Learn how to combat shame, anxiety in 'Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions'

There are many factors that drive the actions of individuals. One of the many influential factors is emotion, specifically negative emotions such as guilt, shame or anxiety. Negative emotions can create a multitude of effects as well. For example, individuals dealing with anxiety may see their lives screeching to a halt due to the symptoms and effects of the problem. In a different case, a person may face struggles because guilt has overwhelmed him or her, which may lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol.


Whatever the effect, negative emotions can and will often take their toll on an individual. This is why Peter R. Breggin's book is such a valuable resource, as it teaches readers how to understand and overcome these emotions.


"Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions" is a book written by Peter R. Breggin M.D. who examines the causes and effects of psychological and emotional suffering through the lenses of biological evolution, child development and mature adult decision-making. Breggin draws on information from evolution, neuroscience and his own clinical experience to analyze the painful emotions that can hinder and harm human beings....Read On

Policymakers need to look beyond just the recreational abuse of opioids in their efforts to reduce overdose deaths, and focus more on the problem of doctors who are overprescribing opioids as painkillers, said researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida, and Johns Hopkins University.


There also needs to be greater access to opioid addiction treatments, they said.

"We need to prevent new cases of opioid addiction and we need to expand access to treatment for the millions of Americans who are already addicted," says the study's lead author, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


"Without better access to addiction treatment, overdose deaths will remain high and heroin will keep flooding in."


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There are a lot of ways to get stronger. Adding more resistance, adversity, or stress is one way, learning how to adapt to the challenge is another, and adopting dialectical thinking (see blog post 9/23/14) is another. Yet for all of these ways to get stronger, without removing the obstacles in our own approach to adversity, we will see little gain. So if you want to get stronger mentally, here are five things to stop doing right now.


Stop Off Loading Responsibility. 

Mentally strong people know what is their responsibility and what is not. What they take responsibility for is their behavior, thoughts and feelings. They have long since let go of the idea that anyone is going to make things better for them. While they know that sometimes things happen that are out of their control, they know that they - and only they - are solely responsible for how they respond to these things. You will never see them pointing a finger, blaming anyone else for "messing up their day," "making them feel bad" or "making them angry." Instead they simply take responsibility and accept their responses as their own, aware that these are choices they are making - and if they don't like them it's no one's fault but theirs.


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Meet Our Staff:


Meghan Marcum, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Excellence


Dr. Meghan Marcum is the Director of ClinicalExcellence at Sovereign Health in San Clemente. Dr. Marcum will ensure the highest standard of clinical care across multiple Sovereign Health facilities as well as introduce and oversee psychological assessment as a standardized part of the clinical programs. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in psychology from Argosy University with a specialization in clinical psychology. She completed her post-doctoral training at Sovereign Health and advanced to the position of Associate Clinical Director. Dr. Marcum has also worked in the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. She has developed an interest in helping those with co-occurring disorders by examining substance abuse as it relates to neurological changes over the course of the illness. 
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