Mental Illness Myth Busters

Mental Health MythsNot all mental illness is serious mental illness (SMI). While over 10 million American adults suffer from serious, debilitating mental illnesses, roughly 4% of the population, a far greater number of individuals, nearly 1 in 4, suffer daily from thoughts, emotions and resulting behaviors, which damage and even ruin relationships, families, jobs, finances, quality of life, and interfere with being happy and productive.

In fact, understanding what is meant by ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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Post-Holiday Blues

Holiday BluesThe holiday season can be a time of relaxation and joy but also one of extreme stress. With presents to buy, food to prepare and family to see, the holidays bring out the best and worst for us. What’s more surprising? Psychologists find that many people feel a natural let-down after the holidays. Without something exciting to look forward to, many of ...

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Suicide Survivors


1. a person or thing that survives
2. one who outlives others
3. a person who endures, who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks

This definition suggests fortitude, grit, and determination even in the face of overwhelming odds.  Many “survivors” outlast and persevere through hardships often sudden, terrible, and not of their own doing; and because of this, generally speaking, “survivors” are admired.

But a person ...

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Am I Depressed?

depressed-1Few people go through life without a bout of “the blues.” Feeling sad or down is a normal and often healthy human emotion.  Feeling depressed, as it’s often described, is typically a normal reaction to distressing events in our lives such as loss – be that a job or a loved one – or a reaction to many of life’s difficult changes such as children leaving home or parents getting older. ...

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Going Forward after Grief and Loss

grief-and-lossLike many of life’s passages, how we approach and deal with the loss of a loved one is as individual as each person. Even if we are not experiencing an immediate loss, most of us have lost family and friends over the years. The older we get, the more likely we are to live with a sense of bereavement (loss from death) in some meaningful way.

Many are familiar with “On Death ...

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Weather Got You Down?… That’s SAD

As Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “…everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” But some people not only complain about the weather, they’re negatively affected by it as well. No, we’re not talking about Grandma’s thunderstorm-predicting bunions here; we referring to a very real psychological disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

SAD, or Seasonal Depression as it is also known, happens ...

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Dog (and cat) Days

Science shows that pets can help people suffering from depression; but did you know that pets can get depressed too?

Ever since mankind began domesticating animals thousands of years ago, a special bond has existed between us and those animals we welcome into our homes, especially dogs and cats. According to the American Pet Products Association, 46.3 million American households own at least one dog, and 38.9 ...

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Joblessness & Depression: How Are They Connected?

It is no surprise to anyone that joblessness is a depressing thing to contemplate for most people. What many people do not immediately realize is the complex equation that connects Joblessness and Depression.

The first thing to recognize is that while “being depressed” and even “depression” are terms used fairly frequently in everyday speech, Depression is a clinical term covering a range of different states.

Depression is a ...

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Just Moody Or Something More?

“What I’ve got they used to call the blues,” Karen Carpenter sang in Rainy Days & Mondays, and we all knew what she meant.

We’ve all had them…those blue days, those sad days, those days when we couldn’t put our finger on just what was bothering us, but felt defeated, played out, like if the world ended tomorrow we wouldn’t care all that much.

Over the years, the feeling Karen Carpenter sang about has been called, yes, ...

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