On October 26, 2017, Eric Hargan, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), declared the opioid epidemic to be a "Public Health Emergency". According to the Center for Disease Control, 140 Americans die each day from drug overdose with 91 of these being opioid related. 52,404 died from drug overdoses in 2015 and at least 64,000 died in 2016.
The Pinellas County Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) program was implemented earlier this year as a way to reduce costs of incarceration and prosecution of certain types of misdemeanors. These are:
If you know someone affected by Autism or ASD, the South Pinellas Autism Project is a very helpful resource. Go to here to learn about their organization: http://sp-autism.org/
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has been around since the 1970's and has an active chapter here in Pinellas. Here is their link: http://nami-pinellas.org/about
Mood tracking app's are helpful for those struggling with mood problems. Daylio is one such tool that has been recommended to me as being very good. It can help collect information on mood changes, stress, medication effectiveness and substance abuse. Please go here to learn more about it: http://daylio.webflow.io/
For Sexual Addiction, I was recently told this article explains it better then anything they've come across: https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-causes-sexual-addiction/
Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD) is described as a chronic pattern of the following characteristics as listed in The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10):
Although the 2014 Amendment received nearly 58% voter approval, it was rejected as 60% voter approval was required for passage. This years version has some significant revisions which were aimed at eliminating the main reasons for voter disapproval. The ballot summary is:
Dr. Travis Bradberry is considered an expert in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and he proposes these "9 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People".
In March 2016, Deborah Hasin, Ph.D. and others published the first national study of cannabis use disorder using DSM-5 diagnostic criteria in The American Journal of Psychiatry. With a sample size of over 36,000, this important study evaluates cannabis use and prevalence, correlates with other mental health problems and rates of participation in treatment.
On average, humans of European descent have between 2-4% Neanderthal DNA that has been passed down over the last (estimated) 65,000 years which is when it is thought that these two species interbred. Researchers have established a correlation between certain types and combinations of this DNA with smoking and mood. When these types and strengths of DNA are present, an individual has a statistically greater chance of smoking and/or having problems with mood.
The Florida Certification Board (FCB) is the state's premier non-profit organization that protects the health, safety and welfare of Florida’s most vulnerable residents by certifying and regulating the professionals who serve them. The FCB designs, develops and manages programs for 32 health and human services professions, ensuring that they meet education, training, experience and testing criteria. FCB certifies more than 20,000 professionals statewide, including those in the child welfare, mental health and addiction fields. Recently, the FCB issued its newest credential, the Masters level Addictions Professional (MCAP). The MCAP is the most advanced board certification available in Florida for those who provide clinical services in this area. Thomas Buonomo, LMHC, MCAP has earned this as an extension of his 25+ years in the mental health field.