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Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental illness in youth can come across as a phase your child will outgrow, but kids don't grow out of mental illness. How do you see mental illness in youth?

Mental illness in youth can be triggered by many life events, and it’s not always easy to spot. Afterall, when you’re a child, you’re constantly discovering new emotions. But where do we draw the line? When do we decide that it’s a little more than just the common emotions of growing up? The quicker we see mental illness in youth, the better.

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Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar's racing thoughts can bring up repressed memories. It's best to face those memories and bipolar's racing thoughts head on. Here's how I cope.

One of the hardest symptoms of bipolar disorder is racing thoughts. These racing thoughts can lead to flashbacks of things you’ve tried to forget. When I’m manic, I’m left with little-to-no sleep because I just can’t seem to shut my mind off. I’m left reliving every bad thing that has happened to me and I begin to obsess about everything that could happen to me. Bipolar’s racing thoughts are hard to deal with.

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Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith says goodbye to the 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation' blog audience.

Due to changes in my work commitments, this will be my final post for Mental Health for the Digital Generation at HealthyPlace. I’ve very much enjoyed my time blogging about mental health for HealthyPlace and am saddened that I won’t be able to continue.

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Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

If you have to deal with your mental illness in the workplace, you know the difficulty in being open about it. Here's how I communicate my triggers at work.You can’t turn off your mental illness in the workplace. I am a server. Although this pays the bills, it triggers a lot of an emotional and physical stress. Unfortunately, almost all of us will have to find some sort of income to survive in today’s society, but what happens when you’re faced with the constant pressure and stress of having a mental illness in the workplace?

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Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Try some of these practical self-care tips on your worst mental health days. They're easy and soothing for times where you can't motivate yourself to take care.

Practical self-care tips are important not just for your mental health, but for your physical health as well, but they’re harder to do on a tough mental health day. Many popular self-care routines involve taking care of, and often pampering, the body such as taking a bath, applying a face mask, drinking a cup of tea, or working out. However, these activities aren’t always feasible for someone having a bad mental health day. Try these practical self-care tips on bad mental health days to rest and recharge.

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Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Shelby Tweten, mental health advocate and new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation," talks about living with mental illness. Read more here.My name is Shelby Tweten and I’m the new coauthor of Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I have struggled with mental illness as long as I can remember. I am diagnosed with bipolar type II as well as borderline personality disorder, but I was wrongly diagnosed for years. I first went to therapy when I was eight years old. Originally labeled as depressed, when I was 14, I was put on medication that later threw me into a medically-induced manic episode. After being diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17, I decided to audition for American Idol. On the show, I talked about my struggle with bipolar and how music helped me get through it. With all that going on and still being in high school, staying on medication was hard for me. When you’re good, you think you’re fantastic, which leads you to think you can handle life without your medication. This is wrong.

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Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression killed Chester Bennington, but his lost battle with depression doesn't make him weak. Depression can affect anyone, even the celebrities we admire.

Last week, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington died by suicide, just a little over a month after depression killed Chris Cornell. In the wake of a celebrity’s suicide, people often say things like, “It just goes to show that money and fame will never make you happy,” and, “I wonder what drove them to it.” The answer is simple: depression killed Chester Bennington.

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How Teachers Shape Student Mental Health

How Teachers Shape Student Mental Health

Student mental health needs are not adequately considered in school policy which restrict a teacher's role in student mental health. This must change.

Teachers shape student mental health because they’re often the first adult a student reaches for when they’re in emotional pain. But teachers don’t have the power to help individual students with their mental health (as per school policy and the teacher’s educational background). But it’s time to improve the educational system and acknowledge the important role teachers play in their students’ mental health.

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The Future of Mental Health Education

The Future of Mental Health Education

We need to make mental health education mandatory in public schools. Healthy adults start in the classroom, and there's no reason why the US can't do it.

The future of mental health education is, unsurprisingly, a popular topic here at HealthyPlace. That’s because it’s largely absent from the national curriculum, even though nearly 20% of children show signs of mental illness each year. 1 Approximately 60% of those children don’t receive mental health treatment. The future of mental health education is important.

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Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the suicide of a friend is never easy, but there are things you can do to care for yourself as you grieve. Read these tips for the grieving process.

Coping with the suicide of a friend is one of the most excruciating, incomprehensible things a person can experience. It leaves behind a wound that will seemingly never heal. Read on for some information on how to cope with the suicide of a friend.

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