Guest Post: PTSD vs C-PTSD by APN Lodge

After a few years of unprecedented stress, many of us are struggling to cope. Whether you've had a PTSD or C-PTSD diagnosis in the past and it's being exacerbated by the pandemic, or you're just starting to take a closer look at your mental health symptoms, we can all benefit from more support and greater … Continue reading Guest Post: PTSD vs C-PTSD by APN Lodge

Guest Post: Interview with Producers of Spiral- Bipolar Documentary

Who are you? Randall: I'm Randall Scott White, I was married to a wonderful woman named Michelle who fell ill over time from bipolar disorder that went undiagnosed until it was too late.  Jennifer: I'm Jennifer Hutchins, the producer. I met Randall in Austin in late 2019 and he showed me over a decade of home video … Continue reading Guest Post: Interview with Producers of Spiral- Bipolar Documentary

Guest Post: Helping and Compassion Fatigue by Thomas R. Metzinger, LCSW, CCHt (USMC Veteran)

When handling trauma, therapists, counselors, health professionals, caregivers, and others that are helping, seek to understand the person, get a pulse on the crisis, engage in triaging the most devastating issues, and offer interventions that help to restore, or create in some cases, stability.  None of these previously stated tasks are easy.  In fact, the … Continue reading Guest Post: Helping and Compassion Fatigue by Thomas R. Metzinger, LCSW, CCHt (USMC Veteran)

Guest Post: Bulimia Nervosa Defined by Emma

Bulimia Nervosa is really difficult to define and has been for years. It dates back in history and was originally classed as an 'ominous variant' (whatever that means) of Anorexia Nervosa. This link to Anorexia Nervosa I do think is important, however, because a lot of people assume Bulimia to be a case of uncontrolled … Continue reading Guest Post: Bulimia Nervosa Defined by Emma

Guest Post: Interview with Carolyn Skowron, Author of Unbreakable: Breaking the Silence, Finding my Voice, Sharing my Story 

How did you get through the most depressing times?I think having support and love from friends and family is so important in going through hard times. My best friend in the entire world is the reason I am here today. Everyone needs support and someone to talk to regardless of it being friends, family, significant … Continue reading Guest Post: Interview with Carolyn Skowron, Author of Unbreakable: Breaking the Silence, Finding my Voice, Sharing my Story 

Guest Post: Interview with the Author of Bedlam and Tea Tony Abbs

1. What is one of the hardest aspects of having Bipolar?The alienation and rejection that is often felt from society leaves me feeling shameful for having a mental disorder. The ignorance and lack of empathy from society can compound my progress due to the negative responses I may feel towards their lack of understanding. 2. … Continue reading Guest Post: Interview with the Author of Bedlam and Tea Tony Abbs

Guest Post: Why Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is So Tough by G. Alex Patten, MD

Since its original description over 160 years ago, Bipolar Disorder has been a tough diagnosis to make accurately. At different times called “circular insanity,” “manic depressive psychosis,” and “manic depression,” Bipolar Disorder was not officially recognized as a standalone mental illness until 1980. Now we know that Bipolar Disorder is actually a group of four … Continue reading Guest Post: Why Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is So Tough by G. Alex Patten, MD

Guest Post: The Difference Between Mental Health & Mental Illness by Amelia Blackwater

What is Mental Health? Mental health reflects “our emotional, psychological, & social well-being.”  Mental health can affect, how we think, feel, & act.  For example, if we are having a day where our mental health is bad, it can have an impact on our self talk, how we interact with others, handle problems, & make … Continue reading Guest Post: The Difference Between Mental Health & Mental Illness by Amelia Blackwater

Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Me by Lou Farrell

It has taken a long time for me to come to terms with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It was back in 2002, after the birth of my son, that things became a little strange, shall we say. Before 2002 I had been in and out of the hospital with depression; there was the idea … Continue reading Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Me by Lou Farrell

Guest Post: Interview with Author of Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry

What inspired you to write the book, Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry, that got published in October of 2018?  I’m in my 14th year as a mobile emergency psychiatric social worker. Although most mobile psychiatric emergency cases have involved mentally high functioning patients, I’ve been most invigorated from helping … Continue reading Guest Post: Interview with Author of Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry

Guest Post: Outside Looking In: A Story Told by The Husband of Someone with Bipolar Disorder by Johnny Whitfield

Johnny Whitfield is a former newspaper reporter and editor. For those struggling with a mental health diagnosis, the most important people in their lives are often their caregivers – the people who make sure they take their medicines, get to doctor’s appointments, and help them deal with the basic necessities of life. The responsibilities of … Continue reading Guest Post: Outside Looking In: A Story Told by The Husband of Someone with Bipolar Disorder by Johnny Whitfield

Guest Post: 5 Ways to Combat Depression by Ken

Feeling depressed can be debilitating. It can make you feel as if you are in a void. Covered by a cloud of darkness and surrounded by a wave of emptiness. What makes it all the more abhorrent is that you cannot always differentiate that thought process from real life. When I experience a depressed mood, … Continue reading Guest Post: 5 Ways to Combat Depression by Ken

Guest Post: A Personal Story About Anxiety and Depression and How Science can be Used to Help with your Well-Being by Nicola

What Is Depression And Anxiety? Understanding The Science To Emotionally Regulate And Support Your General Wellbeing. Two words commonly expressed when discussing Mental Health. Yet are these merely normal emotions everyone feels on the emotional scale, and if so, how do you differentiate between feeling Depression (low mood) and Anxiety (nervous) to having disorders? As … Continue reading Guest Post: A Personal Story About Anxiety and Depression and How Science can be Used to Help with your Well-Being by Nicola

Answers to “What Do You Think The Biggest Problem Is With The Mental Health System?” by Mental Health Advocates

The question was asked in the Facebook Group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses "What do you think the biggest problem with the mental health system is?" and these are the answers. The numbers next to the answers represent the amount of times someone liked the comment. Stigma 17Cant get a doctor when needed they … Continue reading Answers to “What Do You Think The Biggest Problem Is With The Mental Health System?” by Mental Health Advocates

Guest Post: 6 Tips On How To Manage Bipolar Disorder In Your Life by Stan Popovich

It can be very challenging in dealing with bipolar disorder. Being bipolar can cause changes in your mood, energy levels, concentration, and your day-to-day activities. As a result, here are six tips on how to effectively deal with bipolar disorder in your life. 1. Learn about your situation: It is important to learn as much as … Continue reading Guest Post: 6 Tips On How To Manage Bipolar Disorder In Your Life by Stan Popovich

Guest Post: PTSD, OCD and How I Took My Power Back by Caitlin

Hello! I am so happy to be here today to talk about my struggle with PTSD induced bipolar and clinical depression. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Caitlin Lagnese and I am a stay at home mom and a mental health & wellness blogger based outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Simply put, I … Continue reading Guest Post: PTSD, OCD and How I Took My Power Back by Caitlin

Guest Post: Powerful Ways You Can Break The Stigma of Mental Illness by Lauren

Breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness has been on my mind a lot lately. May is Mental Health Awareness Month! I thought this would be the perfect time to write a post about what you can do to help break the stigma of mental illness. The truth is mental illness is incredibly common. One in … Continue reading Guest Post: Powerful Ways You Can Break The Stigma of Mental Illness by Lauren

Things Not to Say to Someone with Bipolar Disorder

When someone tells you they have bipolar disorder, there are things you can say that are helpful and some that are not. Below are the things that are not: Video We all have our ups and downs.We are all a little bipolar.I know how you feelYou're acting crazyYou're acting like a psychoDid you take your … Continue reading Things Not to Say to Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Ways to Advocate for the Mentally Ill

Do you see the homeless, the mentally ill, someone in a psychiatric hospital or jail be abused or mistreated? Does it bother you when you see yet another mentally ill person shot and killed? Have you watched your loved one with a mental illness get mistreated by a paramedic, doctor, nurse, policeman, teacher, lawyer, or … Continue reading Ways to Advocate for the Mentally Ill

Markle, Mental Health, and the Media Messing up the Message

As a mental health advocate, I have been working on educating others about mental illness to help erase the stigma for 35 years. I want people to know that mental illness is not somethig tp be ashamed of and can happen to anyone. Anyone? Yes! Many celebrities have revealed they struggle with mental health issues. … Continue reading Markle, Mental Health, and the Media Messing up the Message