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General

Happy Mother’s Day To Moms Who Put Themselves Second

Good mothers are always mothers to be treasured. As many Mother’s Day cards, plaques, teddy bears, and other wonderful gifts often say around this time of year, mothers are everything we need and more. My mother has been one of the strongest assets in my life and has given (and still gives) every aspect of herself. Her love is all I need many days to remind me of the beauty of life. We have come a long way together. So I say it again, good mothers are to be treasured and even many days after Mother’s Day.



Advocacy

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day



Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is coming up May 9, 2013 and this is a time to focus exclusively on the issues that plague our children today. Issues that dominate the media are also of importance such as:

poverty
homelessness
gun control laws
bullying prevention and development of consequences
preventing mass violence
suicide prevention
providing resources for kids within the educational system to receive mental health services
better services for children with autism spectrum disorders
insurance-related concerns
juvenile delinquency and criminalizing the mentally ill
understanding the adolescent brain and its inability to make mature decisions



Family

What Every Family Should Be Aware Of: Psychiatric Illness & Murder



What a cute baby in this photo. Can you imagine a mother taking her life? No. Most people could not even wrap an inch of their mind around this tragic reality. But for some families with a loved one with a severe or untreated mental illness, homicide or violence is far too common a reality.

One of the most shocking incidents in life is when a child is murdered. The most unfathomable is when a mother


Family

Mental Health: A Close Look At The Family Experience

It's always difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of others who are experiencing very complicated and emotionally draining life events. Unless we have been in some "dark valleys" ourselves, we have no idea of how families of mentally ill loved ones perceive the world. It's also quite difficult to comprehend the mental world of the individual experiencing the illness. The most we can do as "outsiders" is offer our compassion, support, concern, and guidance.



General

The Positive Side Of Pain: Re-defining Your Experience

Have you noticed that some of the most compassionate, understanding, modest, and intuitive people seem to be those who have suffered, been oppressed, or are in constant search for life’s ultimate meaning? I have and I find that it is an interesting phenomenon. As stated in a previous article, it was not until rain and “dark-valleys” appeared in my life that I grew and could see my potential.



Adult Mental Health

When Mental Disorders Clash With Medical Conditions: Delusion or Pseudocyesis?


I was reading an article and came across a blog post that discussed what isn’t necessarily a psychiatric disorder, yet has features similar to delusions. It can get very complicated when psychiatric illnesses clash with medical illnesses. Symptoms coincide so much that both mental health professionals and medical doctors often have to consult before making a diagnosis.

Pseudo-cyesis, or “false pregnancy,” is currently defined as a rare medical condition in which an individual (a woman) has similar symptoms to that of an expectant mother such as:


Family

Understanding Hallucinations: How Perceptual Difficulty Affects Your Loved One

Hallucinations often involve a profound disturbance in perception(s) which can influence not only behavior, but connection with reality. Hallucinations are different from delusions:

Delusions: Delusions are false beliefs held to be true, despite evidence to the contrary. They can be bizarre (the government is after me) or non-bizarre (someone is stalking me).
Hallucinations: Hallucinations includes disturbance or difficulty with our senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling).


Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Autism Awareness Day: The Family Experience

When children come into the world the last thing we think is that the child is going to encounter a difficult developing experience. Babies come into the world so innocently and unprepared for the road ahead. Their survival depends on the love and care of their parent(s), but their overall development is controlled by biology, that is, genes.

When children are untreated due to lack of funds, insurance coverage, or access to care, the nightmare becomes a tragedy.



Self-Care & Life

How To Find Courage In Feelings Of Uncertainty

"I am thankful to all those who said no to me. It's because of them I did it myself"__Albert Einstein

Did you know that rain brings growth to more things than plants and flowers? I have seen just how “rainy” seasons in my life motivated me to grow. Without those “dark valley’s,” I’m not sure I could relate or understand what it takes to hold on in moments of distress. What is one  secret to my courage? It is to allow my insecurities and worries about tomorrow to bolster my courage and character.