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Mental Illness

You look healthy, you don't look sick

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As a working mother of two, my days are scheduled from start to finish. I rarely get a full nightís rest and my time outside of work is spent coordinating play dates, driving to Girl Scouts meetings, and attending band recitals. I love being a mom and wife, but it leaves little time for self-care.

 

We donít always think of mental wellness when it comes to staying healthy, but we should. We put off caring for our mind and spirit because we think weíll be fine ó but I recently discovered that it has a nasty way of catching up with you mentally and physically. In the hopes of helping others learn from my mistake,

 

A Healthy Home is a Happy Home: How to Optimize Your Home for Healthy, Stress-Free Living

 

17 Tips for Taking Better Care of Yourself

 

Identifying Postpartum Depression

 

How to Tell if Your Child is Being Cyberbullied

 

ADHD and Addiction - What is the Risk?

 

Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder

 

Military Suicide: Help for Families Worried About Their Service Member

 

African Americans & Substance Abuse: Addressing Mental Health Issues Before Addiction Takes Control

 

Depression and Eating Disorders

 

45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul


 

May we all take care of each other and ourselves!

by

Patricia S
 

 

 

4 Tips for Reaching Out to Your Teen

By

Jennifer McGregor

 

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The teenage years are some of the most complicated for our children. Bodily changes, hormonal swings, and new feelings all make it an important time for your child to have your support. Teens often either donít know how to talk to you or even may not initially want to, so most of the responsibility will fall on you as a parent. Here are a few things to keep in mind when reaching out to your teen.

1. Keep an eye on self-esteem

Self-esteem can be a particularly tricky issue for teens, especially girls. Make sure she always knows youíre proud of her, win or lose, succeed or fail. Negative self-image can cause depression and eating disorders, so talk to her about the pressures she might be feeling to look, eat, or dress a certain way. Pay attention to how she carries herself ó does she walk tall, or does she keep her head down most of the time? Give her a sincere compliment whenever you get the chance, even if itís something you think she knows. A simple, ďYouíve been doing really excellent in school this term, way to go!Ē can make all the difference to a teen who may feel insecure.

2. Donít let arguments escalate out of control

Realistically, there are going to be a few fights between you and your teen; itís the nature of any important relationship to have a disagreement now and then. As the parent, itís crucial that you maintain control of these situations and donít let them exceed your power. Donít display outwardly aggressive behavior like invading personal space or staring her directly in the eye. Be mindful of your body language ó which can sometimes drown out your words ó as well as the words you use and your tone. Stay calm. If the argument appears to be escalating, tell her you should both take some time to step away and gather yourselves. Once youíve both calmed down the conversation will usually be a lot more productive. Keep in mind that sometimes, a teen (or anyone, for that matter) just needs to vent; it doesnít mean your efforts are wasted or that she wonít open up to you later.

3. Find fun ways to connect

Your relationship with your child should extend past suppertime and morning car rides to school. Just because youíre the parent doesnít mean you canít have fun together, so find entertaining ways to bond. Go to a sports event, see a movie, or have dinner together. You can even be workout partners; take a hike through the woods to get some fresh air or go for a stress-relieving swim at the local health club. She needs to know that you donít just check in when things are obviously wrong, but that youíre always there ó good times and bad.

4. Show appreciation

We all want to feel like what we do matters and our hard work is noticed, so donít assume your child knows how proud and grateful you are. Make it a point to take notice of her good habits ó like how she always does the dishes without asking ó and thank her for them. If sheís a star pupil, donít let her good marks go unnoticed simply because youíre used to them. Celebrate a high exam score with her favorite meal or a day trip somewhere special. If you get an attitude when asking for a favor, sincerely thank her for helping you out and taking time out of her day. Remember, just because she doesnít have a job doesnít mean she doesnít have a hectic workload! Recognizing all that she does can build her self confidence and create a stronger, happier bond between you.

Donít let the isolating teenage behavior create a gap between you and your child. Make the extra effort to reach out to her and be present in her life, and soon sheíll find the courage to come to you on her own.
 

 

 

Shocked so badly it caused permanent brain damage

Shocked so badly it caused permanent brain damage

I used to work at a school for children and adults with severe disabilities, a school where painful electric shocks are considered treatment. That experience haunts me every day of my life. Now I'm taking action to make sure the FDA bans the use of electric shock on people with disabilities.

In 2002, an autistic student named Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), the school where I worked, was strapped down and given electric shocks for hours, leaving him with burns and permanent brain damage. All because Andre refused to take off his jacket.  To read more, click here.  To


 

 

 Serious Mental Illness (SMI) among Adults

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/Statistics/SMI_AASR.shtml

  • While mental disorders are common in the United States, their burden of illness is particularly concentrated among those who experience disability due to serious mental illness (SMI).
  • The data presented here are from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which defines SMI as:
    • A mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and substance use disorders);
    • Diagnosable currently or within the past year;
    • Of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV);
    • Resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • In 2012, there were an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with SMI in the past year. This represented 4.1 percent of all U.S. adults.


 

 

 Mental Disorders in America

http://www.thekimfoundation.org/html/about_mental_ill/statistics.html

Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older or about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.

Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 who suffer from a serious mental illness. In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for ages 15-44. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for two or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.  To Read more, click here

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 Margaret Trudeau on her battle with mental illness

 

 

 

 


 

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