Education blogs · Hospitalization & mental health providers · Uncategorized

What it’s like to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." -- Nido Qubein The term "psychiatric hospital" conjures up images of that age old insane asylum, a long ago place where people were locked away in damp, dirty cells and forgotten by society.  Each of these asylums was overcrowded with thousands of… Continue reading What it’s like to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital

Dementia and Neurological Problems · Education blogs · Uncategorized

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Perhaps you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and you're not sure what that means.  Here's information about the different stages of the illness. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia.  In basic terms, it affects thinking, memory, and function. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s change over time, although the pace of the… Continue reading Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Coping skills & self-soothing · Psychosis/Schizophrenia · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Psychosis: dealing with the voices

Many people hear things that others can’t hear.  These are called hallucinations, but for the person hearing them, they're real. Sometimes the voices can be terrifying.  They're belittling and constant and overwhelming.  They can be so loud it's hard to ignore them.  Occasionally they even tell the person to do dangerous things. Voices aren't always… Continue reading Psychosis: dealing with the voices

Education blogs · Medications · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Hints for surviving psych meds

Taking medications can be the pits.  Will they work?  Do the side effects render people bed-ridden?  Are the pills horse pills, too big to swallow?  Do I turn into a pumpkin when I forget to take my meds?  Understanding that few people like taking pills, here are some hints about keeping up with your medications.… Continue reading Hints for surviving psych meds

Mood and anxiety · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder isn't for the faint-of-heart.  The depressions are catastrophic.  They're black, painful clouds of existence that hardly count as living.  The manias bury you with baggage and regret.  And the in-betweens, when you're trying to remember how to be "normal" and make sense out the fact that none of this is normal...  No, not… Continue reading Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder

Education blogs · trauma · Uncategorized

Understanding traumatic brain injury

"This made no sense to me, probably because I speak English and [had] never had a brain injury [before]."  -- Tiny Fey You’ve just spent the night in the emergency room.  Perhaps you’re the patient, or maybe the patient is someone you love, but it doesn’t matter.  The night is a whirlwind of memories, and… Continue reading Understanding traumatic brain injury

Borderline personality disorder · Education blogs · Therapy · Uncategorized

DBT: improving the lives of people with borderline personality disorder

"Having BPD is difficult, but not hopeless.  I've learned to use what makes me different to grow a beautiful person, a better person." --Anonymous Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, PhD, to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) improve the quality of their lives. Basically this therapy is an intensive 6-month… Continue reading DBT: improving the lives of people with borderline personality disorder

Education blogs · Pain · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Tips for dealing with pain

Living with chronic pain isn't easy.  Doctors say, "work on those coping skills," but they don't know what real pain's like.  The irony is that coping skills do reduce pain.  They aren't just about distraction or minimizing angst -- they physiologically block pain receptors and improve a person's quality of life.  So, with the understanding… Continue reading Tips for dealing with pain

Education blogs · Mood and anxiety · Psychosis/Schizophrenia · Uncategorized

Schizoaffective Disorder

Perhaps your doctor diagnosed you (or someone you care about) with schizoaffective disorder.  You first thought is, "Does that mean I have Schizophrenia?"  The second is typically, "I've never heard of schizoaffective disorder.  Is the doctor making things up?" The quick answers: No, you don't have Schizophrenia. No, your doctor isn't inventing the diagnosis.  Although… Continue reading Schizoaffective Disorder

Conflict · Education blogs · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

A family member is badgering you: what do you do?

Problem: your aunt breaths fire at you whenever you see her.  She's belittling, insulting, hurtful, and all other synonyms for "offensive" you can come up with, and her nastiness burns you.  What do you do?  Is this worth a big fight, an exchange of words, a gentle palaver, or should you just leave it alone? … Continue reading A family member is badgering you: what do you do?