New Information about Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms … Continue reading New Information about Dual Diagnosis

Parity Rule Change to Health Insurance Will Impact Mental Health Treatment

Background on Short Term Limited Duration Rule Change On Wednesday, August 2, 2018, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury released a final rule that will expand the availability of certain health insurance plans that are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide coverage for mental health … Continue reading Parity Rule Change to Health Insurance Will Impact Mental Health Treatment

The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Oct. 06, 2017 NAMI is here to raise awareness about mental illness. We talk about different conditions, how to advocate, why stigma is a problem—but there’s another aspect of awareness that is critically important for us to talk about: services and treatment, as well as timing. We are learning from research that treatment’s … Continue reading The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

Tipper Gore Funds National Expansion of National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Flagship Teen Program

Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) announced the nationwide expansion of their flagship teen program, Ending the Silence, due to a generous gift from Former Second Lady of the United States, Tipper Gore. The announcement comes as more than 1,600 mental health advocates from across the country head to Washington, DC this week for NAMI’s National Convention, which will be held June 28th – July 1st.

Family Survival Guide

“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, I read everything I could. With some trial and (a lot of) error, I found a few principles worth leaning on when someone in your family has a mental illness

An Answer for Our Toughest Battle of the Day

By Danei Edelen and Alex Hanna | Jan. 11, 2017 My psychiatrist once said to me, “The most important issue for anyone with a mental health condition is sleep.” At the time, I agreed with him, but I didn’t fully understand his comment. Like many with a mental health condition, I have struggled with sleep—getting … Continue reading An Answer for Our Toughest Battle of the Day