Category Archives: Serious Mental Illnesses

  • Dr. Lisa Hayden launches Heartfelt Care Services

    In her recent work with a family dealing with the impending death of the family’s patriarch, Dr. Hayden came to fully understand and appreciate the myriad obstacles families face in supporting loved ones who are facing mental or physical challenges. Regardless whether these challenges occur at the end of a loved one’s life, during a Continue Reading

  • Did you know?

    Compassion Fatigue Self-Test Even professional caregivers are subject to burn out and overload?  Dr. Lisa Hayden has worked with a variety of professional organizations to address this issue.  Prevention or intervention can improve employee performance, reduce staff turnover and lead to better results for care recipients.  Please contact us for more information about how we Continue Reading

  • Incarcerating the Mentally Ill . . .

    The percentage those incarcerated in California with mental illness has increased in the past couple of years. This has occurred because we have been mandated by the federal government to reduce the inmate population to meet constitutional standards, and while we have reduced the overall population the number of incarcerated mentally ill has remained constant. Continue Reading

  • More Medication Prescribed to Younger Kids . . .

    An article in MedPage Today citing a study published in the December edition of the journal Pediatrics found that the youngest children in class were twice as likely to be prescribed medications to treat ADHD than the oldest children in their class. Although the study was conducted in Iceland, its findings should be a cautionary Continue Reading

  • Childhood Adversities Increase the Risk of Psychosis

    Childhood Trauma Increases Risk for Psychosis. Research published in the journal Schizophrenia Research finds adversities experienced in childhood increases the risk for the development of psychosis later in life. The research looked at a variety of other published investigations (i.e., meta-analysis) that used various methodologies, including cross-sectional and retrospective studies, and found that experiencing adversity Continue Reading

  • Toddlers’ Autistic Behaviors Linked to Preteen Psychosis

    A Schizophrenia Research article reported in the Family Practice News indicates 20% of children who exhibited “autistic-like behaviors” by age 7 experienced psychotic episodes by age 12. The FPN author notes that “It’s unclear whether the associations are driven by a common neurobiological underpinning, social stressors associated with autistic characteristics, or a combination of both, Continue Reading

  • Disabled Adults More Apt to Be Victims of Violence

    An article published on MedlinePlus indicates adults with disabilities are 1.5 times more likely to be victims of violence than adults without disabilities. Reviewing the previous year, the investigators found that 6% of adults with intellectual disabilities were victims of violence, while 25% of those challenged with mental illnesses were victimized by violence. To read Continue Reading

  • More Concerns About DSM-5

    Numerous people across the autism community have voiced grave concerns about the proposed definition of autism (i.e., ASD) that is included in the current draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). An article published in MedlinePlus reports on concerns raised by numerous stakeholders about changes in the Continue Reading

  • Untreated Mental Illness

    The impact of mental illness, especially when it is untreated, is staggering. For the individual, mental illness can cause suffering, exclusion from society, and a reduced life expectancy. For the family, it can create heartache, stress, and even stigmatization from the community. For society, mental illness can mean millions of dollars in lost productivity as Continue Reading

  • WELCOME!!!

    Welcome to Hayden Consultation Services’ new website!!! We want to make this site a place where you’ll find useful information, resources, and perhaps have an online conversation about a topic we cover that interests you. Though currently no areas are enable, in the future we plan on making it possible for you to leave comments Continue Reading