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Archives for August, 2014

Advocacy

Spotting Ethical and Legal Violations In Therapy

Credit: johnny maroun

Have you ever heard of the term “kickbacks” or “fee splitting?” If not, this article is for you. Last week, during Personal Stories Week, I discussed the unethical practices sometimes found within mental health agencies and among mental health professionals. Today we’ll discuss some common unethical practices and ways in which you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Advocacy

Personal Stories Week: The End & Thank You

Firstly, I would like to start by thanking the many families who participated in Personal Stories Week this year. So many asked to participate that I had to push some stories to August 2015. Your stories of bravery, triumph, struggle, pain, denial, hope, loss of hope, and perpetual challenges have not only inspired us, but perhaps has made us more grateful for the beautiful aspects of life that so many tend to take for granted....
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Advocacy

Accepting Schizo-Affective Disorder: A Mother’s Most Difficult Challenge

Are you the parent of or know someone who is the parent of an adult child with schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder? How did you respond to that diagnosis? What if your son or daughter was a stellar student with gifted abilities and one day lost her hope for a bright future because of a chronic mental health condition? The stress and strain that you would feel might almost take all the life in...
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Advocacy

Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling for Anxiety


How would you feel if you could stay home, open your computer or laptop, and have a therapy session? What about if your therapist offered to speak with you over Skype or some other online platform? Would you feel like a fish out of water or would you very much like to try that experience? What about if your anxiety was so bad that you couldn't leave your home? For many...
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Adult Mental Health

Personal Stories Week: A Journey After Suicide


Suicide
. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Most of us have experienced the sting of suicide either in our personal lives or through the lives of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide by suffocation occurs in about 9,913 cases in the About 19,990 suicides occur at the hands of a firearm and 6,564 suicides occur...
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Adult Mental Health

A Mother and Her Son’s Struggle With Schizophrenia

Melanie and her son, Thomas
Are you the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult child with severe mental illness? How do you feel right now? Tired? Lonely? Discouraged? Or even stronger? Some parents say that they are struggling every single day of their lives with the reality that their child, teen, or adult child is suffering from both their own illness and stigma. Other parents say they are...
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Advocacy

Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience


It's that time of year again when I collaborate with a group of readers, writers, parents, twitter followers, friends, and colleagues to discuss, during 1 entire week, their experiences with mental illness. Their experiences could be personal or professional and focus on challenges, miracles, systemic difficulties, financial strain, failures of the system, and many more issues that parents, families, friends, caregivers, and professionals have experienced. Come join us.

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