Monthly Archives: May 2013

My Opinion on Involuntary Commitment and Conservatorships (For example, Amanda Bynes)

This is not just a problem regarding Amanda Bynes  and her parents.  (Info on her parent’s fight) It is not just a problem that Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan’s parents faced.  It is an ongoing problem for many people with … Continue reading

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Am I crazy?

The first known use of the word “crazy” was in 1566.  Two antonyms of the word crazy are realistic and reasonable. As someone who has a mental illness, I don’t like it when people use the term loosely to describe … Continue reading

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Energy and Commerce Committee Meeting on Delivering Services to the Mentally Ill

I just watched the SAMHSA’s Role in Delivering Services to the Severely Mentally Ill. (May 22, 2013) Several representatives from the Energy and Commerce Committee asked some really  good questions for Pamela Hyde, the Administrator of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading

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Am I really like everyone else?

As someone who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 25 years ago, I would have to say, “I don’t know.” and “I think it depends on who I am asking.” THE REASONS WHY I FEEL LIKE MOST “NORMAL” PEOPLE I have … Continue reading

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THE DSM-5 Made Easy To Understand

WHAT IS THE DSM-5? It’s often referred to as the psychiatrist’s bible. DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. It lists known causes of these disorders, … Continue reading

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Email I sent to Representatives in the General Assembly in NC

RESPONSES FOUND BELOW Dear Representatives; I recently received a phone call from Senator Burr, have spoken to Mayor Allen Joines, and have received an email from Virginia Foxx. I also have sent a certified letter to the White House, received … Continue reading

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Why June 3rd Is an Important Day in the US, Who is Invited, and What is the Agenda?

  Note: After hearing President Obama and others speak I have to say that I am impressed and am hopeful and convinced that things are going to change regarding mental illness and mental health. This blog entry was written prior … Continue reading

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Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses Need to Unite

One voice can make a difference. However, 100,000+ voices could make so much more of an impact. If you don’t want to read this whole article, please skip to “LET’S Unite and MAKE A DIFFERENCE” at the end of the … Continue reading

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Why Shhh…Don’t Tell Doesn’t Work

Brief History of Mental Illness The way mental illness has been viewed and dealt with over the years has definitely improved.  From a time where people who had mental illnesses were thought to be demon possessed and were locked away … Continue reading

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Why Reflecting on Mental Health Month is Important if You have a Mental Illness

When you have a mental illness, you know all too well what your daily struggles are.  If you are on medicine, they may help, but come with side effects.  If medicine alone does not help, then you most likely need … Continue reading

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