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Tag: Mental Health

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Ways to Manage and Cope with Stress

By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP | Jan. 13, 2020 My dad was dying. I hated my job. I was struggling with school. A classmate groped me in front of other classmates. I was having a nervous breakdown. I wanted an explanation. I wanted something I could address to make me well. I wanted…
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Why We Should Be Honest About How We’re Doing

By Christine Parsons | Jan. 10, 2020 Life is hard. Going through depression, anxiety and PTSD make it harder. But the roughest part is feeling like you are alone while going through these struggles. We have gotten so good at trekking through life independently, at putting our heads down and looking at our smartphones. We…
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How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

Recent research suggest that bullying can cause changes to victims’ brain structure, with potentially lasting impacts. Researchers believe more than 3.2 million American students experience bullying every year. In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children…
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The Importance of Community and Mental Health

By Stephanie Gilbert | Nov. 18, 2019 Mental health heavily influences our quality of life. So it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. And one way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community. Community can be defined in many…
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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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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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To Those Who Don’t Understand My Favorite-Person Relationship

By Alicen Ricard | Jan. 06, 2020 I find it difficult to explain to anyone who doesn’t have borderline personality disorder (BPD) how a favorite-person (FP) relationship works. I often have people tease me or make comments about how attached I am. They don’t understand how I feel like I wouldn’t be able to function without that…
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Personal Stories Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek   When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was…
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