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Staying Hydrated Is Important to Mental Health

Staying Hydrated Is Important to Mental Health

Staying hydrated is important to mental health. After a bout with dehydration, I wondered how staying hydrated could affect mental health. After researching the subject, I found that staying hydrated is important to mental health.

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Can Diet Affect Mental Health?

Can Diet Affect Mental Health?

Can diet affect mental health? I went vegetarian for Lent this year. One thing I noticed is how much better I felt–I wasn’t exhausted in the morning, I had more energy than normal, my head felt clear, and my mood was pretty much even all the time. It left me wondering “Can diet affect mental health?” And, if so, what dietary changes do we need to consider?

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The Irresponsible Closure of Mental Health Treatment Facilities

The Irresponsible Closure of Mental Health Treatment Facilities

The closure of mental health treatment facilities is often a disaster for the patients being treated there (Inpatient Mental Health Treatment Facilities: Who Needs One?). When an abusive mental health treatment facility in Indianapolis closed, the patients flooded the city’s low-income housing. The success stories still have apartments. The rest of the patients are either in jail, another institution, or dead. The closure of mental health treatment facilities must be done in a very careful fashion.

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Different Levels of Housing for People with Mental Illness

Different Levels of Housing for People with Mental Illness

There are–and needs to be–different levels of housing for people with mental illness. Recently I moved from my apartment into a temporary group home–or, as I prefer to think of it, leapt from the frying pan and into the fire. I’ve traded a mouse and bedbug infestation for patients who can’t control when they go to the bathroom, untrained staff, and staff that sometimes sleep on the job. That said, it beats a homeless shelter. It made me think about the need for different levels of housing for people with mental illness.

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Should Conversion Therapy Be Banned?

Should Conversion Therapy Be Banned?

Should conversion therapy be banned? The controversial–and illegal for minors in some states–practice tries to change the sexual orientation of the patient. It’s also known as reparative therapy, and is often practiced by fundamentalist Christians. It is opposed by all reputable medical organizations, from the American Psychological Association (APA) to the American Academy of Pediatrics. There is considerable debate over whether or not it is abusive–one California court put a minor in foster care after her mother sent her to a dubious psychiatric facility in Utah to cure her lesbianism–which leads to a question: Should conversion therapy be banned?

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Controlling Beliefs and Behaviors Harm Mental Health Recovery

Controlling Beliefs and Behaviors Harm Mental Health Recovery

Controlling beliefs and behaviors are harmful to mental health recovery. To enjoy recovery, let go of the people, beliefs and behaviors that control you.

Have you ever noticed that control is a major life issue for people? And have you noticed that we all, as human beings, want to have control of ourselves, others, and pretty much the entire universe, if we had our way? Of course, you’ve noticed, because you’ve lived around other people enough to know that our quest to control permeates much of our lives.

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Mental Health and the Grieving Process: Bargaining

Mental Health and the Grieving Process: Bargaining

Today, we are continuing our discussion of grief and its effects on those with
mental health diagnoses.

Grief Reveals Itself Layer By Layer

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described grief as five individual stages. The order in which an individual progresses through the stages of grief may not be sequential and more than one stage may be experienced at a given time. (http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm)

Stages of Grief:

Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
Anger:Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.”
Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”

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After The Mental Illness Diagnosis: Getting on With Life!

After The Mental Illness Diagnosis: Getting on With Life!

So, you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness. Now what? You have—perhaps without much grace but with much persistence–come out on the other side. Life is, presumably, better than it was before the diagnosis. But it isn’t easy and you are still trying to figure the whole thing out: medications, your new mental health care team, and the future. That’s what I want to focus on. On the understanding that we have a future outside of mental illness, and it’s important to get on with life, to the best of our abilities.

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A Cocktail For Disaster: Connecting Mental Illness to Addiction

A Cocktail For Disaster: Connecting Mental Illness to Addiction

Initially, the title of this blog was “A Recipe For Disaster…” But I used to really (stress this) enjoy a few cocktails. Or an entire bottle of cocktail mix. And that nearly killed me.

That aside, in this blog I want to focus on why those living with mental illness may abuse substances, what some of these substances are, and the impact this can have when we are working to recover from mental illness.

Why Might People With Mental Illness Abuse Substances?

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Three Ways To View Mental Illness Positively

Three Ways To View Mental Illness Positively

Let’s do the math: mental illness = positivity. Right? Well, usually not, but it works in our favor to try to find positive aspects when recovering from mental illness. I’m going to break this down into the three stages of recovery we all go through.

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