Video: What NOT To Tell Someone With a Mental Illness

One in Four. That is the number of people that suffer from a mental illness, which means that they are all around you. Do you know how to treat them? Do you know how to show your support? Here are some tips on what NOT to do:

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What NOT To Tell Someone With a Mental Illness

There is still so much stigma surrounding mental illness that most people in today’s society have no clue when it comes to addressing someone who exhibits symptoms of mental distress. Children, especially, are victims of the ignorance that envelops society—Most parents and family members tend to blame obvious behavioral issues on the child’s age, and usually do more damage than good when attempting to address them. My depressive issues began when I was 8 years old, but it was only when I was 30 that I first received professional help. By that time I had suffered tremendously and felt completely misunderstood. My life had nosedived to great lows, and my hope was barely holding on.  This is why I believe that everyone must educate themselves on how to deal with and talk to someone with a mental illness, because it could be their parents, siblings, friends, and even children. Let us start by exploring some basic things NOT to say, so we don’t make things worse than they already are. ...

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NIH Offers New Tool For Alcoholics Seeking Treatment

The National Institutes of Health is releasing a new online tool that aims to help those who want to find good care: directories of alcohol treatment providers accompanied by key questions patients should ask in order to get high-quality care. Click here to Read Entire Article

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Video Episode: Fighting The Failures of Addiction and Not Giving Up

As someone who struggled with severe addiction for over ten years, I had my share of failures, relapses and moments where I thought it was worthless to keep on fighting. You might feel the same way right now, and I am here to tell you that there is a way out, not matter what. I hope this video helps you see just that.

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Dealing With The Failures of Addiction

Countless, the number of times I was strongly determined to stay sober, and countless were the number of times I failed. There were instances where I couldn’t go a week without relapsing; sometimes I couldn’t even go an entire day. But the times that hurt the most were the ones when I had managed to stay clean for several months, and in a moment of careless weakness I had managed to screw it all up. Addiction is an incredibly powerful force with a very strong grip, and once it has a hold of you it will refuse to let go. There will be times when all your failures and relapses are going to make you consider giving up, letting the choppy waters of addiction take you out to open sea, and, in due time, drown you. But in the midst of all the turmoil, I assure you, there is hope. Here are a few pointers that helped me stay afloat. ...

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UAMS Neuroscientist Receives Grant to Study Resilience of Brain to Mental Illness

Sept. 26, 2017 | A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research scientist has been awarded a $409,750 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to lead a study investigating ways the brain develops resilience to mental illnesses like addiction. Andrew James, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, is the principal investigator in the two-year study, which will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine ...

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Is There Really Hope for Recovery Of Mental Illness

This week on "Your Mental Health Matters" We address this question. Can you get better if you have a mental illness, can you live a normal life? The video below addresses this questions.

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The Relationship Between Mental Health and Marijuana

A few days back in my social media accounts I asked my friends and followers if they thought that marijuana could prove to be a useful too in the treatment of mental illness. The opinions were mixed, but the majority of people agreed that marijuana can definitely have a positive impact on mental health. Here is another article that backs up that claim. Take a look and please let me know your thoughts on this matter. Click Here to Read Article

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CVS Reveals New Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Given the rise in overdoses and the opioid epidemic, CVS is stepping to the plate and creating new measures to reduce the amount of opioids they put in the hands of the general public. Read the entire article here and let us know, do you think this will have a positive impact?

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Mental Illness – Is There Hope of Recovery?

Us mental illness sufferers usually spend a very long time battling this monster in the shadows, quietly, sometimes without the understanding of even those closest to us. We do this because the stigma of mental illness still falls thick throughout society, and the fear is wedged in our hearts, deep. As the years pass, we become convinced that any type of recovery is simply not an option; this is the way life is going to be for us until the grave calls our names. We then resign to an existence of pain, futility and worst of all, hopelessness. But, does it have to be that way? ...

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