What Dr. Martin Luther King Has Provided For Mental Health

By Támara Hill, MS • 1 min read
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As you read the headline I’m sure you questioned what relevance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr serves to the discussion of severe or untreated mental health. Rarely do we ever hear people emphasize the importance of following the example of Dr. King in our “fight” against society’s lack of knowledge about severe and untreated mental illness. But Dr. King embodied so many sophisticated qualities that add such a rich tapestry of cultural legacy and inheritance to my own life and society in general.

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Burnout: The Overworked Mental Health Professional

By Támara Hill, MS • 5 min read
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Have you ever heard of the terms “burnout,”  “compassion fatigue,” or “secondary traumatic stress?” If not, you’ll soon find out what these terms mean in this article. Each week we discuss issues specific to parents, families, caregivers, and individuals who are living with or helping someone with a mental health condition. But this week, we’ll talk a bit about the mental health professional and the challenges many helpers face. The challenges that mental health professionals face can ultimately affect the type of service you receive. This doesn’t mean that the professional is incapable of helping you, but it does mean that skill level can be affected. You should be aware of how compassion fatigue affects someone you are working closely with. 

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How To Spot A Bad Therapist: 10 Major Signs

By Támara Hill, MS • 3 min read

 

Dr Viktor Frankl, Logotherapist and author of Man’s Search For Meaning, coined the term “iatrogenic neurosis” to describe an illness “caused” by or made worse by a provider of healthcare. It’s hard to imagine that a healthcare provider, specifically a mental health professional, can make an illness worse. How is it possible for a professional to create more problems for a client seeking help?

If I were to quiz you on the 10 worst signs of a bad therapist would you know what they are? What did you like about them or dislike? It’s often difficult for people to decipher a good therapist from a bad therapist until something unethical happens. 

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10 Things That Cloak Incompetent Therapists

By Támara Hill, MS • 5 min read

When I meet with clients and their families, I often hear the following comment over and over again: “I did not like the previous therapist.” A barrage of negatives often follows this statement such as “she was controlling,” “he was crazy,” or “she did not help me.” It can be difficult to find a good therapist because it takes time. A therapist who is capable of understanding you and your needs, makes you feel comfortable and not judged, and who can step into your complicated situations and guide you into deeper insight, is worth every penny or time spent in therapy. Each therapist has a different life course, educational course, and calling. Not all therapists have the capability to be effective. We are all made differently and every experience has a way of shaping who we will ultimately become, how we will see life, and how well we can help our clients see the issues in their lives as well. The question I encourage you to ask yourself throughout this article is “what makes a therapist helpful or detrimental to a client?”

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Finding The True Holiday Spirit for Christmas

By Támara Hill, MS • 2 min read

Christmas photoOn this site we’re often talking about many serious subjects such as severe mental illness, parenting a child (adult or minor) with severe mental illness, being a caregiver, seeking hospitalization for a loved one, understanding parents who harm their children due to an illness, abuse, neglect, pathological lying, avoidant personalities, borderline personalities, sociopaths, etc. We cover a multiplicity of subjects that often depress many of us. They are subjects we would rather never discuss or have to even face in our own personal lives. These are important topics. But I find that during this time of year many people psychologically and emotionally detach from reality and often enter into a “fantasy” of what this time of year should look like. These subjects mysteriously no longer exist, no longer matter. Many miss the essential components of this holiday by ignoring the great need among us in so many people around us. Being mindful of these people actually makes Christmas quite magical. 

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Understanding Movement Disorders: What Are Dystonias?

By Támara Hill, MS • 2 min read

 

Severe mental illness can be one of the most difficult situations for both the victim and the family to cope with. There are a host of issues including problems with medication and side effects. Do you know someone suffering from schizophrenia or taking strong psychotropic medications? Most individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses must take anti-psychotic medications that can result in involuntary movements of the muscles, repetitive movements (such as “pill rolling” – a tremor of the hands), and abnormal postures (i.e., catatonia - abnormal physical immobility). 

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Dissociative Disorder: A Disconnected Self

By Támara Hill, MS • 3 min read

Think back to a time when you found yourself daydreaming or staring into space without any awareness of the people or things around you. Can you remember anything about your surroundings? What about who was around you, what was going on, and where you were? If not, perhaps you can relate to the strange and rare experience of dissociating

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Psychotic Disorders: Differences, Symptoms, and Ways To Cope

By Támara Hill, MS • 6 min read

 

We have been talking a lot about psychotic disorders, childhood onset-schizophrenia, delusions, and hallucinations,so lets discuss the differences between the psychotic disorders and ways to cope as a family member, parent, friend, companion, or caregiver to someone who is suffering.

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5 Ways To Have A Meaningful Thanksgiving

By Támara Hill, MS • 3 min read

How do you typically spend your holiday season? Do you spend it alone or with many other people? What do you often look forward to? Family, food, holiday music, holiday parties, time off from work, snow, the decorations, the football games and parades, or the natural meaning in the air between the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas? Whatever it is, does it offer your holiday season a much greater purpose than if you did not have these things? Many people find themselves attracted to the holiday spirit, even the most resistant among us. But does having that holiday spirit truly add meaning to your holiday?

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Understanding Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) and 5 Warning Signs

By Támara Hill, MS • 5 min read
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Are you the parent of a child or adolescent who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or some type of psychotic disorder? If so, you are not alone. You can probably relate to the devastation may parents experience when they finally receive a diagnosis that entails psychotic symptoms. It’s as if the world completely stops and all of the goals and dreams of the future, put on hold. As rare as childhood onset schizophrenia (COS) is, there are many parents who are flabbergasted by the diagnosis so soon in their child’s life. No parent ever wants to consider that their child will have to grapple with the complex symptoms of schizophrenia for the rest of their lives. Sadly, schizophrenia is a pervasive illness that requires lifelong treatment. There are no easy routes.

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