Do you ever race through life struggling to keep up? It’s about that alarm clock going off in the mornings, a quick jump in the shower, an even quicker rush through breakfast, and the oh-so-disturbing traffic on your way to work when you’re running late. It’s that busy “busy-ness” that pushes you through the day, […]
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often suffer from debilitating nightmares. The dreams can be so terrifying the person is afraid to sleep. If this sounds familiar, here are six nightmare-busting methods that might help you conquer those bad dreams. (1) Talk about the nightmares. Share your dreams with someone you trust, ideally a therapist […]
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There are many different players in the world of psychiatric treatment. The descriptions below just brush the surface, there is some overlap, and the actual role of each player can vary from location to location, but it’s a good start. What’s a treatment team? While this article is about the different types of psychiatric care […]
Welcome to yet another Outside-the-Box Recovery Quiz. This one helps gauge where you are in recovery, identifies pertinent issues and questions, and points you in the right direction. Answer the questions. Count up your points. And check our the interpretation. Thanks.
Refusing TreatmentFamily support and friendship can make a world of a difference for individuals with Schizophrenia or psychosis, but it isn’t always clear how we can help. Where do you start? What can you do? Here are some tips. 1-Educate yourself about the disorder. Do online research and talk to your loved one’s providers. The […]
Perhaps your doctor diagnosed you (or someone you care about) with schizoaffective disorder. Your first thought is, “Does that mean I have Schizophrenia?” The second is typically, “I’ve never heard of schizoaffective disorder. Is the doctor making things up?” The quick answers: No, you don’t have Schizophrenia. No, your doctor isn’t inventing the diagnosis. Although […]
The challenge with mental illness is that it can’t be willed away. Dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or a personality disorder isn’t about pulling your socks up or changing your attitude. There’s no easy fix. By the time most of my patients reach my door, they’ve fought the fight of a lifetime trying to […]