Sharing – Your pandemic blues have a name: adjustment disorder
This sounds really familiar… Countless people are wondering if the discomfort they’re experiencing is “normal” or if others are in the same boat. Not only is the feeling normal given the circumstances. It has a name: adjustment disorder. Clinically speaking, adjustment disorder is a stress response syndrome people experience in light of an identifiable life…
Link – Talking To Kids About Suicide And Mental Illness
Whether or not you have a history of mental illness, talk to your children. Let them know that, while feelings like hopelessness, ennui, and irrational anger are normal in small doses, if they feel that way a lot of the time, they can get help. Let them know they never have to be ashamed of…
Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 21, 2022
Comedian Elyse Myers Is on a Mission to Make Talking About Mental Health as Normal as Talking About the Weather
Someone is having a mental breakdown in public. What is the compassionate way to respond?
Encouraging Messages to Read If You’re Struggling With Depression Right Now
Stamping out the stigma: throwaway saying and why they’re so damaging to mental health
It’s OK to Have Complicated Feelings About an Abusive Parent Dying
Some Thoughts Regarding Stigma: The Often Silent Obstacle to Mental Health and Substance Care Among African Americans
Sharing – Is it really OK to not be OK?
The article below is about the UK, where NHS funding determines how much mental health treatment is available, and when too many people need it, someone has to decide who does, and doesn’t. Usually that means people who aren’t “sick enough”, get nothing, and continue to get worse.
Can we say the same isn’t true in other countries? In the US, we have a severe shortage of mental health resources and funding too. Maybe there’s not a government agency determining who is “sick enough”, but there are plenty of obstacles to getting care that leave you with similar results. You’re not sick enough to be a priority, you’re not insured enough to get treatment, you’re not wealthy enough to get private care, and on and on.
Link – Research Again Finds That Talk Therapy Can Change The Brain
In short, treatment can help, there is hope for you. You are not broken beyond repair. “People who had received CBT showed structural changes in their brains, from the beginning to the end of the initial six months, whereas people in the medication-only group didn’t have the same changes. In particular, there was more neural…
Link – Why Self-Care is Hard for Depressed Individuals
Anyone who has dealt with major depression has dealt with this at some point: “In short, self-care is care provided for you, by you. But when you live with depression, self-care can sometimes feel unattainable. You’re tired, listless, with feelings of despair and corrosive thoughts that push and shove in an endless tug-of-war within you. Often,…