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Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness

Many people do not understand mental illnesses. They think it is a thing the person can control by sheer willpower. How many times have you heard it said , “He should just SNAP out of it!" ? ..
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Dont Be the Cash Cow

If a mentally ill person is not able to work or earn what they did in the past, there may be money in meeting basic needs even with good money management. Many times mentally ill individuals do not ..
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The Gift of Laughter

My mother was a very wise woman. She told me you need to have 20 good laughs a day to be healthy, so I really try to do that even if it is at my own expense. Laughter is a gift that costs nothing ..
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Dont Feel Guilty

Some mental illnesses have a genetic link. This doesn't mean that every member of a family will be mentally ill, but that compared to the general population, a larger proportion of the family may ..
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Its Their Choice

As much as we may want to , we can't make someone else's decisions for them. Most of us can distinguish “good" choices from “bad" choices. For example we know it is better to exercise ..
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Dont Take it Personally

It can be very stressful as a friend, relative, or caregiver for a mentally ill person to try to support the person without letting it make you feel like you have failed them. Our nature as human ..
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When Perception and Reality Are Not in Balance

Individuals perceive things differently and each is entitled to their own view. Someone who is mentally ill may perceive something totally different than anyone around them (I am not crazy! Everyone .
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Be Prepared For 180s

I have learned from coping with being a support person for different mentally ill individuals that what is appreciated today may be seen as a negative act in the future. For example, I have run ..
(July 03, 2008)
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Respect is the New Golden Rule

Rodney Dangerfield wanted it. Aretha Franklin and Reba McIntire sang about it. But what is respect? While substitute teaching a 5th grade class, I learned that they had only one classroom ..
(July 03, 2008)
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