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Hi there!  So, my blog has been running for about a month now, and I would love to get some reader feedback.  A lot of you have been commenting on Facebook about your enjoyment of the blog, which I so appreciate.   I would love your comments on the actual blog.  Let me know what […]

Glenn Close’s Campaign Against Stigma

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Mental illness affects celebrities, too.  Glenn Close’s sister, Jessie, is Bipolar.  In an effort to support her, Glenn Close put together a PSA to de-stigmatize mental illness.  Bravo to  her for using her celebrity for the betterment of society.  Please take a look at it, and also explore the rest of the Bring Change 2 […]

Another GREAT Child/ Young Adult Resource

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It is so critical that when a child is diagnosed with a mind disorder, they realize that they are not alone.  Half of Us is MTV’s campaign to educate children and adults about mental illness.  It features celebrities and non-celebrities telling their stories about their experience with mental illness.  Celebrities such as Brittnay Snow and […]

A Conversation that Needs to Happen…

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I’m a bit later with my post today than usual, which I apologize about.  However, I’ve been really reflecting on what I want to say today.  I have been surfing the web all day for stories and other interesting tidbits, but I think that I will stick with mostly my own experience today.  Although the […]

Mindfulness

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In mental health, there has lately been a lot of buzz around treatment using mindfulness.  What is mindfulness?  Well, mindfulness was brought to the West by practitioners such as Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Jack Kornfield.  The book Wherever You Go, There You Are by Dr. Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness meditation in extreme detail.  Mindfulness is originally […]

The Motherload

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The article on The New York Times’  “ Motherload” blog entitled  When A Child Has a Mental Illness is a must read for parents who are struggling with their own child who has a mental illness.  In this article, two parents are interviewed whose son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 19.  The interview […]

Enablers

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This topic is very important for parents to read and take to heart.  An enabler is someone who through their actions creates a scenario in which another person’s destructive behaviors are more likely to continue.  If, for example, your son or daughter is a drug addict, and you are not requiring them to get a […]

More on DBT

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I consider myself a Consumer in recovery.  What does that mean?  Well Consumer is the PC name given to those who are/ have experienced mental illness.  I consider myself “in recovery” mainly because I am able to function and live independently, but also I am able to live without my symptoms most days.    Before […]

How to save a life….

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There may come a time in life when you meet someone in the throws of their mental illness symptoms. By this, I mean, someone that is either deeply depressed, highly manic, hearing voices, or having a panic attack.  I know it is hard to talk about these subjects, but there is really not enough advice out […]