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PTSD Part 2: How Is PTSD Diagnosed?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

By Jacqueline Redmond

Our previous blog — Part 1 — provided a basic introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Part II will examine how health care providers diagnose PTSD. Clinicians who diagnose PTSD include licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists. All use a specific reference called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). It is now on its fifth update (DSM-V) and is used to classify all the different criteria for mental illnesses. In the past, PTSD was listed under “Anxiety Disorders” with the assumption that stress was one of the underlying causes. This year, in the newly released DSM-V, it is found more appropriately under “Trauma and Stressor-related Disorders.”PTSD

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Childhood Mental Health Problems: Will They Grow Out of Them?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Childhood-Mental-HealthIt may be no surprise to you that a child with mental illness will have a difficult time transitioning into adulthood. But a recent study is showing that even the mildest of mental health issues in children can cause difficult transitions.

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that while those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder as a child or teenager were six times more likely to have legal, social, health, and financial problems as an adult, those with only mild symptoms or undiagnosed problems were still three times more likely to develop the same problems as adults. This study shows that childhood mental issues can have lasting affects as the individual grows and should not be ignored.

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What is Mental Illness?

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mental-IllnessMental illness is a term that is used frequently in our society. But many of us who use it loosely are unaware of what it really means.  Sometimes we can use it in a way that stigmatizes those seeking help. To instead help those suffering from a mental illness and seeking help, it might help us all to better understand the term.

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Finding Meaning at Family Service Foundation

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Meaningful-JobsRecently, we discussed an article published by Forbes magazine that discussed the top ten most meaningful jobs. These jobs were ranked based on how those who held those jobs felt their jobs made a difference, without income being a factor. Most of the jobs that made the top ten were those that don’t have the highest income level but represents work that brings about change in the world. Clearly half of the job functions that made the top ten can be found right here at Family Service Foundation. The job titles from the Forbes list are as follows:

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At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at www.fsfinc.org or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
5301 76th Ave
Landover Hills
MD
20784
USA