Patrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.

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National PTSD Awareness Day 2019

Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating psychological disorder. While people tend to attribute it to people who see combat action in the military, it can affect almost anyone. The causes encompass pretty much any occurrence that creates trauma for an individual. It’s near impossible to describe the profound effect it has on people.…

Feet of a sleeping child saved by National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

When people are having discussions about drug and alcohol addiction, they usually place the emphasis on the user. That’s a shame because there often is collateral damage involving others that gets lost in the conversation. Every year, medical groups throughout the nation band together to celebrate National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week.…

World Bipolar Day in 2019.

World Bipolar Day in 2019

Bipolar disorder is a condition that creates periods of intense, elevated mood and periods of depression. In fact, other disorders frequently occur in connection with bipolar disorder. Some of the common disorders include ADHD, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Specifically, estimates suggest that as many as 60 million people suffer from bipolar disorder worldwide. A…

Time to Talk Day in 2019.

Time to Talk Day in 2019

Nobody would make fun of someone with a heart condition, kidney disease, or another physical ailment. In contrast, there are plenty of jokes that involve mental illness. Time to Talk Day tries to start a healthy conversation. Ideally, it’ll end stigma and help people understand that mental illness isn’t a laughing matter. The end goal…