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Caring for the Caregiver

By Stefanie Hoffman | Nov. 05, 2019 Few words can describe the relief I felt when, with the bang of a gavel, a juvenile court judge decided that my then 14-year-old daughter would attend a mental health boarding school instead of prison. Nine months earlier, she had gotten into trouble with the law for a…
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People with Mental Illness Can Work

By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP | Oct. 21, 2019 I was unemployed for many years while I was most ill. During that time, I felt worthless and dependent. Why? Because of: The debilitating impacts of mental illness. The fear of having to explain my spotty resume due to multiple hospitalizations and depressive episodes.…
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Through the Eyes of a Young Caregiver

By Rhonda M. Lee | Nov. 22, 2019 My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was in middle school during the early ’80s. Being a young caregiver for a loved one with mental illness involved struggles no child should ever have to endure. Her health challenges presented phases of unbearable beatings, heartbreaking and…
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How Families Can Work Together

By Izzy Gonçalves | Nov. 04, 2019 Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together. I now know that…
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Six Myths and Facts about Mental Illness

By Sky Lea Ross | Oct. 01, 2019 The stigma associated with mental illness is now called “sanism.” Just like racism or sexism, it is a form of oppression and discrimination. And there is a lot of sanism and misinformation surrounding mental illness still present within our society. It’s up to us, the mental health…
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Things Not to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

By Karen M. Travis, Ph.D. | Nov. 15, 2019 As a parent who survived my son’s high-school years, while balancing care for his mental illness, I wanted to share some especially damaging comments that I heard from other parents, family members and school staff. If you hear any of these, I hope you know that…
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Borderline Personality Disorder Myths and Facts

By Nikki Mattocks | Oct. 11, 2019 One of the conditions I have lived with is borderline personality disorder (BPD). I was diagnosed with emerging BPD when I was 14 years old, which was changed to BPD when I was 18. To be diagnosed, you need to have a combination of five out of nine of the following…
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NAMI Releases First Free Online Class for Parents of Children with Mental Illness

NAMI Basics OnDemand Adapts In-Person Course to Reach Nationwide Audience Oct 01 2019 Arlington, VA– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and…
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Depression, TMS, Psychotherapy and Brain Function NIH Research Study

This study seeks depressed participants to test effects of the combination of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function. This study is enrolling eligible adults ages 18-65 with major depressive disorder, who are free of other serious medical conditions. If you are currently taking anti-depressants, you may still be eligible. This inpatient…
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5 Reminders for Survivors of Trauma

By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC | Jan. 17, 2020 In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our…
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