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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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.

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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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How Lack of Paid Sick Leave Affects Americans’ Mental Health

Paid sick leave is starting to gain momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. At the moment, only seven states in the United States have mandatory paid sick leave laws, and 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave.

By Traci Pedersen – Read Entire Article Here 

Navigating the Treacherous Waters Of Anxiety Successfully: Part 1

There are fewer things in life that can be more paralyzing than chronic anxiety. It can rob you of the simplest day to day activities- from making friends, money, memories to generally enjoying life. Anxiety can become so painful and distressing that at times a person will resort to dangerously addictive substances in exchange for some temporary relief. I know, because that is exactly what happened to me, and it affected my life tremendously.

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We Need to Stop Making People Apologize for their Mental Illness

As far as we’ve come in terms of destigmatizing mental illnesses, we still have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to recognizing just how invisible mental health problems can be.

While mental health problems can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, many of those who suffer can feel pressured to apologize to others for their illnesses — and they shouldn’t have to.