More than 12 million people in the United States regularly use painkillers. From a twisted ankle to a trip to the dentist, short-term pain medications are the most commonly prescribed cure. That cure, however, is too often becoming a disease: Addiction.
“Abuse of prescription painkillers is at epidemic levels,” says Travis Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., the new director of Chemical Dependency for Mills-Peninsula Health Services. In fact, after marijuana, prescription painkillers are now the most abused group of drugs in the nation, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
How do you know whether a teenager is experiencing the regular ups and downs of adolescence or something deeper?
One of the most common misconceptions about mental illness is that it doesn’t happen to “us, says Dan Becker, M.D., psychiatrist and medical director of Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health Department.
In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, about one in four adults in the United States has a mental Health condition in any given year.
“It can affect people of all ages,” Dr. Becker says, “Which is why we are so fortunate to have a comprehensive program right here on the Peninsula that serves our adolescents, adults and seniors.”
Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health programs, which include mental health and chemical dependency treatment, recently moved into a new, spacious and light-filled space at the Mills Health Center in San Mateo. Tour the new center in this video segment from Healthpoint TV.
“They have many developing skills, but may lack the judgment, experience or impulse control to use them well,” he says. That’s why behavioral problems tend to surface during this time of life.
Find out more about how to recognize signs of distress in teens in this video segment from Healthpoint TV, filmed at Mills-Peninsula’s new Behavioral Health facility in San Mateo, which was built to provide a safe and comfortable place for families in our community to get help close to home.
Exercise is great for your body, but studies show that it also boosts your mental and emotional well being, according to Brooke Benjamin, Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist.
Moderate amounts of exercise release those feel-good endorphins and help to:
- Improve your quality of life
- Reduce stress
- Relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Help you sleep better
In this video from Healthpoint TV, Benjamin demonstrates proper form for mood-altering pushups and bicycle crunches.
Did you know that Mills-Peninsula Health Services recently introduced a unique residential-based rehabilitation option? The intensive 28-day program is for people with alcohol and drug-dependencies and offers compassionate care in a healing environment. Participants commit to attending the program seven days a week for four weeks at the newly renovated Behavioral Health Center in San Mateo, California.