Mental Health Blog2017-10-25T19:34:59+00:00

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Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health

2602, 2020

How Mental Illness Affects Relationships

How Mental Illness Affects Relationships? Hi, I’m Angela, I have a husband with bipolar 2 disorder, my kids have ADHD, and I myself have struggled with depression—YOU’RE NOT ALONE! This week’s mental health tips are about how mental illness affects relationships. Why should we care about the mental health of the people we love and interact with? In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, the other half still need to care for their mental health. Let me slow that down for a second: Almost half of adults [...]

2502, 2020

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

DID—Formerly Multiple Personality Disorder I’ve watched all the movies and tv shows about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The screen has brought us Sybil, Three Faces of Eve and the United States of Tara. These shows, while introducing this relatively unknown and misunderstood disorder to the public conversation, have turned DID into entertainment. What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? “DID is a mental disorder characterized by the maintenance of at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states. This is accompanied by memory gaps beyond what would be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. Dissociative [...]

402, 2020

Are You A Safe Person and Why it Matters

Safe People If I had to narrow down what my biggest passion might be in terms of relationships it is probably this concept—safe people. What does it mean to be a safe person? Am I a safe person? Are you a safe person? Am I in a partnership with a safe person? There is a lot to ponder here but when I think about what my personal definition of a safe person is, I think about specific character qualities a person possesses. What comes to mind for me is: Characteristics of a Safe Person Honesty Gentleness Directness [...]

2901, 2020

Adult ADHD and Social Skills

Adult ADHD and Social Skills Hi, I’m Angela, I have a husband with bipolar 2 disorder, my kids have ADHD, and I myself have struggled with depression—YOU’RE NOT ALONE! This week’s mental health tips are about adult ADHD and social skills. You’ve probably been struggling with social skills since you were a kid, and may have learned a thing or two along the way, but it’s still worth addressing. Sometimes it’s just the feeling that everyone else knows how to act or what to say in everyday situations and you’re on the outside looking in just [...]

2801, 2020

OCD Treatment There Is Hope Pt2

Last week we went into detail about the specific types of treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but today I’d like to share a story of hope and healing. Joe’s Journey to Wellness with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Several years ago, Joe started worrying about germs while he was at the grocery store. He would scrub the cart clean with the disinfectant wipes. As time went on, his fear of germs continued to grow to the point where he would spend hours cleaning the counters and floors in his own home, he was showering several times a [...]

2201, 2020

Adult ADHD and Establishing Rituals

Hi, I’m Angela, I have a husband with bipolar 2 disorder, my kids have ADHD, and I myself have struggled with depression—YOU’RE NOT ALONE! This week’s mental health tips are about adult ADHD and establishing rituals. Rituals in this case are acts that are repeated in a certain way. The way that you decide to put those rituals together will be up to what works for you. It may take a little trial and error, but don’t give up. I’ll give you some ideas to get your creativity going. Remember that creativity is your strong suit. [...]

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