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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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What is Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a term that most people don't understand. Knowing your choices when considering treatments is one of the most important things to remember.
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3 More Apps

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I have three more apps you might be interested in. The first is called ReliefLink.  It has several relapse prevention planning features in one app. 1. Mood tracking plus suicidal thoughts. If the mood is low or suicidal thoughts are present, the app links to your previously made safety plan or other in app resources. 2.  Relaxation Exercises (relaxation and mindfulness)3. Relaxing Music--just hit play and you will hear calming music. Reallllly calm. It's soft so I th...
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Declining Mood in the Fall/Winter Months?

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In just a couple weeks, (November 2nd), we will turn our clocks back an hour. And, the days do seem shorter--it's dark when I wake up and it's dark long before I go to bed. Many of us struggle to adjust to the change for a few weeks, but weather it. For others, seasonally worsening mood is an aspect of dealing with a major mood disorder. People often complain of sleeping too much, gaining weight, and feeling perpetually fatigued, along with feeling more depressed.  Seasonal aff...
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USA Today published an article yesterday titled The Cost of Not Caring. The article is divided into 4 sections. These are:   A separate and unequal system--people with mental illness face legal discrimination Lost in darkness--many wait nearly a decade for treatment Working for change--advocates chip away at discriminatory policies Overcoming the shame--speaking up heals old woundsThe article states: Although most people with mental illness are not violent, the USA's dysf...
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LiveThroughThis.org is a project that shares real life stories by suicide survivors. The founder wants survivors to feel supported, to feel they are never alone. Here is a link to learn more about the project. Please note that some stories could be a trigger. Be mindful and use good self-care when accessing this site.
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Brain Science and Research About Mental Illness

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Want to learn more about the brain? Sure, we all do. Our understanding of mental illness has come a long way, but there is so much more we need to know. To learn more about the brain in general, if you're a science-y type person, brainfacts.org is a neat site. There's lots of research about a variety of topics, as well as a section on mental illness.
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Learn More About Bipolar

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I recently linked to the National Institute of Mental Health as a general resource. I am linking now to their page specifically on bipolar disorder. On that page is a link to another page that provides even more information about bipolar. ***Bipolar disorder is sometimes called manic depression. Other terms can be Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymia and Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. ***
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