Mental Illness Articles

An Unforgettable History of Mental Illness

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

ID-10042324Mental illness affects each and every one of us. It has become one of the most emotionally charged topics of our current time. If you mention mental illness anywhere you are, you can expect someone to say “I have a loved one who struggles with…..,” or you could find yourself in an argument over gun laws, mental health laws, and barriers to treatment. Many of us have lost track of the various cases that have occurred over the past 2-3 years involving untreated or poorly treated mental illness. Lets take a look a few notable ones.

Caring for Youth In Crisis: What Is A Family To Do?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Gabriella Fabbri 2How would you feel if a healthcare provider said to you “come back with your son (or daughter) when he/she tells you they want to kill themselves or someone else? What about if this mental health professional or doctor told you “your insurance will not cover mental health care unless your loved one is at imminent risk?” These are the types of things multiple families and parents are hearing almost daily across the nation when they seek to hospitalize or get care for their loved one. There is no recourse for these families.

5 Signs A Loved One Might Need Psychiatric Intervention

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

ID-100160517What are the signs of psychiatric need? How can you ever tell if someone is in need of help? Is it by the way that they look, talk, or behave? Perhaps. Does the individual have to look disheveled or depressed? For many people these are the signs of the mental health need. But for mental health professionals it can be very difficult to decipher between an individual who does not care for themselves and an individual who needs psychiatric intervention. It’s a very tricky situation.

Surviving A Family Tragedy: Suicide, Loss, & Grief

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Note: Video length 40:53 and emotional.

5 Major Ethical Violations In Therapy

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

ID-10076027A research study done in 1997 by Johnston and Farber summarizes a conservative view of boundary violations from a therapist to a client. The researchers state that boundary violations include:


  1. communication of therapist’s intrapsychic conflicts to the patient
  2. contamination of the transference and consequent interpretations
  3. the dissolution of the therapeutic “hold”
  4. the possibility of inappropriate gratification resulting from counter-transference problems


How To Spot A Bad Therapist: 10 major signs

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

SONY DSCIf I were to quiz you on the 10 worst signs of a bad therapist would you know what they are? Have you ever had a therapist or met with one before? 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. 

The Basics Of How Anxiety Affects The Body

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Gavin WoodDo you know someone who is a Type A personality? What about a Type B personality? Do you know anyone who is a little of both? I do! Me! Most people say that I am rather laid back and calm, while my family says “you are a ball of anxiety!” For most of us, we are a little of both at certain periods in our lives and even ages. A dear friend of mine use to be so calm, even in a fire he could be calm! Now, at 33, he is a ball of nerves. I’m sure you can relate. Anxiety has a way of blowing up everything we experience on a daily basis. Even for parents, families, and caregivers or someone dealing with a mental health concern, anxiety can exaggerate an already negative situation.

A Personal Experience: Facing Suicide and Grief

Friday, October 11th, 2013

S BraswellWhat would you do if you had a son who was contemplating suicide? Would you panic? Would you get depressed and give up? Would you seek help? In many cases, families experience a host of emotions when they learn a loved one is contemplating suicide. Some panic, some give up and get depressed, and others seek help. Some families do all of these things and go through cycles of emotions. All this week we have been learning from the stories of families who have volunteered to share their stories, experiences, and thoughts with us. Although this is our final story, I encourage you to share with others who may feel supported by knowing that they are not alone. Lets meet Tina.

A Personal Experience: A Mother’s Journey With Suicide

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

artofartsSuicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Either we’ve known someone with thoughts of suicide, lost a loved one to suicide, know a friend who lost someone to suicide, or hear about it daily in the news. Either way, the word itself holds so much meaning, so much emotion, so much hopelessness. The word itself is powerful enough to silence an entire room. The word has always held a haunting foundation for me. Even as a therapist I have trouble conceptualizing it, talking about it, and dealing with it. How about you?

A Personal Experience: Conquering Anxiety

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

April BellDo you know a college student or young adult who suffers from anxiety? Anxiety has become one of the most frequent complaints of both mental health and medical patients. It is something most of us experience on a daily basis and might suffer from more than we care to admit. Anxiety can creep up on us in the middle of a joyful event, on our way to work, on our way home after work, during rush hour, during grocery shopping, or even during a date-night with your hubby. Sadly, anxiety has no particular schedule. It comes and it goes when it pleases.

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