Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, explains substance abuse is a disease and not a choice of the individual. She says there is scientific evidence to support the fact that there are brain receptors that respond to certain substances, such as painkillers, opioids and other stimulants. She points out it is important to educate children to avoid their using drugs because of the peer pressure. She also highlights adults can become drug addicts after self-medicating.
The following questions are helpful to talk to your children about mental health: Can you tell me more about what is happening?, how are you feeling?, have you had feelings like this in the past?, and how can I help you feel better? Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, says with those questions you are opening the doors for a conversation that will allow you to identify if there is a problem and if they need help. She explains people experience feelings that could be negative or positive. If you do not discuss them or talk about them, the bad feelings build up until they become destructive.
Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, says recovery is an individual process and some patients will recover quicker than others. She explains some patients require residential rehabilitation services or intensive outpatient services. Ana Lara, Outpatient Psychiatry Supervisor with Banyan Health, points out the patients who recover the fastest or most successfully are the ones that have a support system, such as family, friends, church, and groups like AA.
Ana Lara, Outpatient Psychiatry Supervisor with Banyan Health, explains the symptoms of clinical depression are: desire to do anything, ideas of suicide, tiredness, sleepiness, and a general lack of desire to participate. She also says any of those symptoms for over a two-week period or longer can lead to a diagnosis of depression. Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, explains depression can be family inherited; or it can be part of the fact that during the development of childhood, patients were exposed to lots of trauma.
Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, explains psychiatric emergencies can be related to depressed patients who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and may attempt against their life or psychotic episodes where they are not in touch with reality. She says people using drugs or alcohol and become intoxicated and could potentially cause any harm to themselves or others are psychiatric emergencies as well. She points out they provide adequate treatment to counteract the signs and symptoms of the condition patients are experiencing.