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pretty brunette woman using laptop for online depression therapy
27
Feb

Online Therapy for Depression

Depression & Its Impact According to the 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment, more than 20 percent of the state’s residents between the ages of 18–25 reported having a mental illness, but only about half of them received treatment. Of all adults over 26 in the state, 17 percent have mental illness issues, and only 12...
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pretty Black woman looking directly at the camera - rehab
13
Feb

Why Going Back to Rehab Is Okay

It’s hard to admit this out loud, but rarely do we master something new on the very first try. While this fact of life is totally acceptable when learning to ride a bike or baking sourdough bread, it’s rarely permitted in the world of recovery. “You went to rehab! You should be ‘fixed’!” How can...
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woman taking groceries to senior man - both donning masks - volunteering
19
Jan

Why Giving Back Makes You Feel Better

Here’s something interesting: research shows that toddlers will help someone in need simply out of an authentic concern for them. Naturally, this gives us all the immediate “feels” because of their wondrous innocence. What do you think life would be like if adults followed this same basic principle? Cooperation: The Foundation of Altruism If we...
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pretty young Black woman making notes in a notebook while holding her cell phone - residential
27
May

Deciding on Residential Treatment for Mental Health Issues

There are moments in life when you simply have to write out a pros and cons list when making a major decision. If you’re at a crossroads about how to improve wellness management but have never tried residential treatment for mental health issues, we’ll provide some facts to help your thought process. Peel Back the...
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military training - man saluting his superior - veterans
18
Mar

Helping Veterans With Mental Illness

According to the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), approximately 30 percent of U.S. reserve and active military personnel—roughly 730,000 women and men—returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have mental health conditions requiring treatment, including PTSD and depression. However, less than 50 percent receive the care they need. Why? The Hidden Culture Within American military ranks...
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closeup image of eye with lens flare - brainspotting
01
Mar

What Is Brainspotting and How Will It Help You?

Treatment for substance addiction, co-occurring disorders, process addictions, and mood conditions might not be effective without taking into account an individual’s full life and experiences. One aspect often overlooked in cookie-cutter approaches is the impact of trauma. Many therapeutic approaches can effectively address trauma, including a relatively new application: brainspotting. How Trauma Affects the Brain...
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illustration of woman looking into full length mirror, seeing herself larger than she is - eating disorder treatment
12
Jan

Eating Disorder Treatment at Cottonwood

Eating disorders are complex and frightening for many people. It’s imperative for a person with an eating disorder to receive comprehensive, individualized treatment to regain whole health. Here’s what to expect. What Are Eating Disorders? The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides this definition for eating disorders: “serious medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances...
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woman at therapist with her eyes closed, leaning back on couch - EMDR and PTSD
29
Dec

EMDR: Treating Addiction Complicated by PTSD

Numerous therapeutic approaches are used to treat co-occurring substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. At Cottonwood Tucson, in Arizona, we aim to educate our guests about the various options available to support their recovery. One such option is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR was developed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and...
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Dr. Aaron Wilson, MD - Medical Director at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health treatment center in Arizona
08
Dec

Let’s Be Clear: Diagnosis Clarity Paves a Path that Leads to Hope

Effective treatment for mental health conditions requires a deep understanding of individuals and their experiences. For Aaron Wilson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Cottonwood Tucson, that understanding, above all else, must begin with a quest for diagnostic clarity. An inaccurate diagnosis can result in a cascade of issues to follow, such as treatment resistance that...
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closeup of handsome Black man's face/eyes - BIPOC and mental health
09
Sep

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illnesses for People of Color

It’s challenging to have a mood or mental health disorder, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or depression. But certain individuals also have further difficulties opening up about their illnesses to families or within their social circles because of stigmas. This is what many members of the BIPOC community—Black, indigenous, and people of...
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