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This Week in News You Can Use
Spring is finally here, but many of us just don't feel like tackling the old spring-cleaning routine for the garage, basement or closets. So while you're enjoying the weather instead, think about spring cleaning for your mind. These articles can help clear the cobwebs and freshen up your mental wellness. And some of the tips are perfect outside activities, away from household distractions.
- New Season, New Attitude - Time For Some Mental Spring Cleaning
- Do Some Emotional Housecleaning This Spring
Mental Health Parity 101
Understanding insurance benefits and restrictions is never easy, especially when new regulations or laws make it more difficult to decipher. Kaiser Health News does a nice job of using Q&A format to clarify and help us better understand the implications of new rules in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
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Time for Psychiatric Intervention?
Chances are, at some point or another, all of us have wondered whether or not it's time to intervene with someone who's struggling emotionally. We might wonder if it's a phase or an isolated incident that doesn't warrant intervention. Maybe we want to intervene, but we're not sure how to help or what we might uncover. These two articles don't provide all the answers, but they give good pointers on when it's probably time to take things seriously.
Thriving with Mental Illness
As individuals raise their expectations about living as healthy a life as possible when diagnosed with mental illness, the goal of thriving emerges. PsychCentral.com has created a new interview series, Thriving With Mental Illness, to not only say individuals live successfully with mental illness, but to share how they do it. This first interview is with Elaina Martin, popular blogger of Being Beautifully Bipolar, but the conversation has relevance for any diagnosis.
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Neuroscience and Mental Illness
Time Perspective Therapy
Could It Really Cost A Half-Trillion Dollars?
While much of our agency's work is educational, another important aspect of our mission is legislative and public policy advocacy. As an agency, these issues are front-and-center for us all the time. The Half-Trillion-Dollar Depression from The New York Times clearly articulates why access to mental health services is so important across so many dimensions of our society.
Making the Most of Support Groups
1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for
2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way; serve as a prop for
3. to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate
4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction: They supported him throughout his ordeal.
5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family
It is a human condition to want to connect with like-minded individuals. A support group allows you to share openly with others whose experiences may be similar and who can validate or relate to what you are going through. Additionally, the other individuals may be able to offer insight, understanding and a “sounding board” for frustrations.