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This Week in News You Can Use
Understanding - as best we can - a person's experience living with mental illness is a first step to empathy, and breaking down myths and stigma. In just a few succinct sentences, these men explain what they live with, how it affects them and the one thing they wish others knew about men’s mental health. In the hope of encouraging others to seek help, 20 Men Reveal the One Thing They Wish Others Knew About Men's Mental Health.
Healing from Toxic Shame
Living with a feeling of toxic shame about one's self can be described as living in a "trance of unworthiness." Going beyond the basics of guilt vs shame, psychotherapist Tom Moon helps us understand the paradox of toxic shame and the underlying mechanism of healing from it in his 2-part series on Overcoming Toxic Shame: What Is It? and Tools for Healing. Image courtesy of Eduardo Huelin/123RF.com
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Talk So Doc Will Listen
No matter what type of doctor you see, he or she probably runs on a super-tight schedule that can leave you feeling rushed, not listened to, or not able to get through everything you wanted to talk about. An attending physician at Bellevue Hospital offers strategies and decodes "what you say" vs "what doctor hears and thinks" in We Asked a Doctor How to Talk So They Will Listen. Image courtesy of Dmitriy Shironosov/123RF.com
Understanding Psychosomatic Symptoms
When neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan was assigned to provide treatment to patients whose epilepsy was not improving, she discovered that many of them experienced psychosomatic symptoms. Is This Why You Feel Awful Even If Your Doctor Says Nothing's Wrong? is a short Q&A to help us better understand psychosomatic disorders and their implications.
Self-Care in Codependency
Self-care is important for everyone, but it's especially important - and probably more of a struggle - for people with codependency traits. Sharon Martin, LCSW and author, shares insights and three self-reflection exercises to help understand 3 Reasons Codependents Struggle with Self-Care.
Know the Facts to Break Stigma
As more people speak out about living with mental illness, conditions like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are finding a healthy place in public conversation. But misconceptions still exist, and they perpetuate the stigma surrounding these all-too-common illnesses. Good news: Learning the facts can help. This slide show, 22 Common Mental Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing, is worth a watch...and worth passing along!
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If you want to understand what someone with a mental illness is thinking and feeling, or if you think you're experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, click through to these easy-to-read, printable and shareable infographics. They explain what people say each disorder feels like, facts and figures related to the illness, and strategies for recovery.