Does living alone increase mental health risk?

A new study has concluded that living alone is linked to common mental disorders. The authors have also identified the main driver of this worrying relationship.

Some common mental disorders (CMDs) include mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorders.

According to some studies, almost one-third of people will experience a CMD in their lifetime.

These conditions can have a significant impact on the individual, of course, but due to their high prevalence, they also affect society at large.

Full story at Medical News Today

Quantum Units Education: Removal of Older CEU Courses

Due to the age of the material, the following courses will be removed from the Quantum library on 3/01/2019. After this date you will be unable to take these courses for CE Credit.

Use our discount code of CEUs4You and receive 10% off our discontinuing courses.

1. Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders
2. Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders
3. Diabetes Care for Clients in Behavioral Health Treatment

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Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

New research finds that cognitive behavioral therapy sessions delivered via an app can effectively treat various forms of depression, including a severe form of the condition.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of therapy that helps change people’s thought patterns.

The technique can successfully treat depression, anxiety and panic disorder, bipolar, substance use disorders, and many other mental health conditions.

In recent decades, more and more studies have been pointing to the benefits of Internet-based CBT (iCBT) for depression.

Study shows impact of social interactions on addictive behavior

A new study published in Nature Neuroscience finds that social interactions can have a profound effect on behaviors related to addiction, and on the brain’s response to drug-associated cues. These findings have implications for people with substance use disorders (SUDs), because it suggests that social interaction can change the activity of specific neuronal circuits that control drug craving and relapse. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Dr. Marco Venniro from the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The researchers used established animal models of drug addiction to show that when given a choice, rats repeatedly chose social interaction over self-administration of heroin or methamphetamine. This held true even for rats that had previously been using heroin or methamphetamine in a “compulsive” way (like humans with an SUD).

Full story at drugabuse.gov

Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders

Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa.  This CEU course provides information on the state of the science in the comorbidity of substance use disorders with mental illness and physical health conditions.

Military and LGBTQ Adoptions and Foster Care

The adoption process can be challenging at times for any prospective adoptive family, but military and LGBTQ families may face special circumstance not experienced by other families.  This CEU course is designed to help expand cultural competence and skills when working with military and LGBTQ persons and examines laws and policies, benefits, potential challenges, and available resources.

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