Mental illness in film: The importance of realistic portrayals

In classic Hollywood films, people with mental illness are all too frequently portrayed as inhuman monsters. Villains are often "psychopaths," or people suffering from a nonspecific mixture of mental disorders that only serve to make them violent and unpredictable... Find out more..

4 conditions that can be misdiagnosed as ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders in children under 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is ADHD really that common? What if doctors were confusing ADHD with other, similar disorders that emerge during childhood?... Find out more...

Risky business: The differences between how men and women take risks

The world since existence has been a flurry of gender wars and fights for equality. A woman of power is still a semi-new concept. Today not all women stay home to cook, clean and take care of the children. Today's women are CEOs, doctors, lawyers, educated and breadwinners. Although the gender gap still exists, it is closing... Find out more...
The most dangerous time

Leaving an abusive relationship is the time a woman or her children are most likely to be seriously harmed or murdered by their partner. According to the Domestic Violence Prevention centre, most women will, on average, attempt to leave an abusive relationship between five and seven times before successfully and permanently doing so. Between 25 percent to 31 percent of murders in Australia involve either spouses or sexual partners... Find out more...
True Survivor: Lorel Stevens

It started with comments about her clothing-her skirt was too short, and he didn't want her to give people the wrong impression. Then, it was her friends. "He would say, 'She's a hellrazer-are you sure that's a good person for you hang around?' Little by little, I kept losing my personal space." Within the first six months of dating, Lorel Stevens' boyfriend hit her in the face, her punishment for getting a ride to work with a male coworker... Find out more...

'The hidden "Upside" to PTSD' 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most widely recognized mental disorders.

More than 90 percent of people experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Over three quarters of men and women diagnosed with lifetime PTSD develop another co-morbid condition. "Bouncing back" from such a trauma often sounds incredulous in the field of PTSD, but what Jim Rendon, the author of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic growth, discovered about this journey was a new side to the story.

The prevailing notion that has surrounded PTSD ever since its existence is that an unfortunate event will leave someone feeling damaged, broken and traumatized for life. Recently, however, a small but gradually growing concept has deemed PTSD to be transformative.

According to Rendon, "The trauma becomes a dividing line in the survivors' lives. They are different after the event... Find out more...
Psychology Today:
Does Emotional Intelligence Make a Person Smart?
A high EQ proves more valuable than a high IQ in the workplace
- By Ralph Ryback, M.D.
Some might view intelligence as how smart a person is based upon his or her job title, education, social status or even income. A physics professor with a doctorate might be viewed as more intelligent than a manual laborer with no college degree, but this is not necessarily true. Intelligence not only depends on the mental capacity a person possesses, but also on multiple other facets. Intelligence is not just measured by IQ anymore; emotional intelligence now plays a major role in determining the success of an individual. The physics professor might be known as "brash, disconnected and rushed," while the laborer might be known as "kind, patient and hard-working." These social characteristics are important in determining the overall intelligence of a person... Find out more...

Staff Highlight: 
Morgan Silverman
EMDR Therapist, 
Chandler, AZ

Morgan Silverman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified EMDR Therapist with Sovereign Health Group of Arizona in Chandler. Silverman specializes in PTSD, trauma, abuse, grief and women's issues. She helps patients overcome trauma and function in a happy and healthy way.

Silverman has extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She earned dual degrees in professional counseling and human resources with a specialty in substance abuse counseling from Ottawa University in Arizona.

Prior to arriving at Sovereign Health Group, Silverman worked as a behavioral health professional at Southwest Behavioral Health in Phoenix, Arizona, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the development and delivery of behavioral health services to children, incarcerated persons and adults presenting with both mental illnesses and drug addictions.

In addition to her non-profit work, Silverman treated patients as a licensed professional counselor at The Serin Center in Peoria, Arizona. She is excited to work with Sovereign Health Group to provide a safe space of warmth and compassion to foster healing and transformation in patients. 

Featured Patient Review:

When Venny was scrolling through his phone for treatment options, Sovereign Health appeared as his first and best-suited option. Although anxious at first, he was taken aback by the company's heightened attention to his plight. When the consultant he initially spoke with called him back a few weeks after for a check-up, Venny expressed how, "sometimes all folks need to be asked is how they're doing and how's their day."

Soon after, he traveled across the country to Sovereign's facility in sunny San Clemente. Venny sought treatment for his increasing alcohol issues, especially concerning control. Although this was Venny's first experience receiving professional help, he also planned for it to be his last. Through attending meetings, gaining his first A.A. sponsor and even trying out yoga, he collected the tools and resources needed to not only achieve sobriety, but also maintain it. Working closely with his individual therapist, Venny also managed to move past his guardedness and uncover more about himself as a person. "She really brought a lot out of me. I was kind of oblivious in my days of drinking... my years of drinking. And I really found of a lot of closure."

Overall, Venny discovered empowerment through vulnerability and the effective coping mechanisms to survive in the real world. For others on the road to recovery, he reminded them about the patience Sovereign imparts its clients and to repay that with some patience of their own. In his experience, the staff helped people reconnect with their senses and passions and brought them back to a state of well-being.

Sovereign Health Group is a leader in providing excellent care and hosts a number of different treatment options for adults and adolescents including support services for the family system as well. Along with dual diagnosis, Sovereign also offers addiction and mental health treatment programs that utilize innovative cognitive testing, rehabilitation and evidence-based treatment methods. For further information regarding available options and plans, please visit our website at or call our 24/7 admissions helpline at 866-827-2291.

Watch Venny talking about his experience at Sovereign and how our treatment program helped him
recover in this short video.

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