Sharing – Depression doesn’t look alike for everyone – so why should the treatments for it?

Sharing – Depression doesn’t look alike for everyone – so why should the treatments for it?

I hope we can start to understand this better and provide a wider variety of tools to help with the wide variety of ways that mental health issues can manifest in different people.

I also hope we can start to understand that there is no one “right” way to treat our mental health issues, no magic solution that everyone can just go and get.

Lastly, I also hope that we can understand that my symptoms are not your symptoms, and the way something like depression can appear for one person versus another doesn’t make one more or less severe.

Sharing – How to help someone having a panic attack: 3 immediate actions you can take

Sharing – How to help someone having a panic attack: 3 immediate actions you can take

Would you know if someone you know is having a panic attack? Whether it be at work, at some social event, or even within your own home with your family, it can make a huge difference to first know what a panic attack looks like, and then if they agree to your help, what help you can provide.

Sharing – Is Mental Health Stigma Decreasing? It’s Complicated

Sharing – Is Mental Health Stigma Decreasing? It’s Complicated

We can, and should, do everything we can to get out good information and share the truth about mental health issues. We can, and should, share our own stories of the mental health issues we’ve survived, especially those of us who have had many of these issues due to the trauma we suffered.

But that will never be enough for some people. Knowing the truth about these issues, and knowing what people need in terms of non-stigmatizing support won’t be enough to change their actual behavior. The very topic(s) will make them uncomfortable and they will act out of that discomfort instead of relying on what they know. They will put their own comfort above any consideration of how stigmatizing their actions and words are because they simply cannot handle even the slightest discomfort in their lives.

That is their weakness, not ours.

Sharing – Five tips on setting boundaries for your mental health

Sharing – Five tips on setting boundaries for your mental health

The other thing to keep in mind is that no one else is going to set the boundaries for you that you need. They will set the boundaries that they want for you. That includes family, friends, and employers. They won’t know the limits of your mental health, and they may not even care about them. Some will, but you still need to draw them yourself and then communicate them.

And, maybe. most of all, allow everyone to set their boundaries and respect them. Maybe we could all get some improved mental health if we all understood that a little bit better.

Sharing – Mental Health Reminders for the New Year

Sharing – Mental Health Reminders for the New Year

Janet offers 10 suggestions that fit this description: “I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I can barely plan my day, let alone the whole year. And I’m also not big on making commitments I know I can’t or won’t keep. Instead, I remind myself of certain behaviors I think I (maybe) can accomplish and…