Our goal is a better life for everyone affected by Mental Illness. For those who struggle to find the Light in Darkness !
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Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with Mental Illness in the past year? Half of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable Mental Health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14 yrs. old.
When it comes to Mental Health conditions, silence is not golden. Silence breeds stigma, and stigma prevents people from seeking help.
Together, we can fight stigma and encourage our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to seek help when they need it. Most Mental Illness begins in adolescence, yet it can take years for individuals to seek treatment. Stigma prevents people from seeking life-saving treatment and support. Mental Health Support Community hopes that you will join forces with us to inspire each other and to talk about Mental Illness, so that individuals won’t be afraid to seek the help they need.
A Psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in Emotional, Behavioral, or Mental Disorders..
Therapy helps you learn Self-Awareness and how to process your Emotions. There are many types of Therapy including Talk Therapy or Therapies where you learn specific Coping Skills such as DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness.
See a Mental Health Professional if you experience changes in your behavior, or if your loved ones notice it as well, a diagnosis is the first step to learning more about what you have, and how to treat it. Take notes about what symptoms you experience, and bring them with you to your appointment. Use this Mood Disorder Questionnaire as a starting point: http://ibpf.org/mdq
All types of Mood Disorders have been associated with Suicide. These include Bipolar Affective Disorder, Depressive Episode, Recurrent Depressive Didorder, and persistent Mood Disorders, (e.g. Cyclothymia, and Dysthymia), which form categories F31-F34 in ICD-10 (1). Suicide is therefore a significant risk in unrecognized Depression. Depression has a high prevalence in the general population and is not recognized by many as a Disease. It is estimated that 30% of patients seen by a Physician are suffering from Depresson. Roughly 60% of those who do seek treatment initially contact a General Practitioner. It is a special challenge for the Physician to work with both Physical Disease, and Psychological Disorders simultaneously. In many instances, Depression is masked and patients present only with the somatic complaints.
The term Mental Health is commonly used in reference to Mental Illness. However, knowledge in the field has progressed to a level that appropriately differentiates the two. Although Mental Health and Mental Illness are related, they represent different Psychological States.
Mental Health is “a state of well-being" in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her Community.
”1 It is estimated that only about 17% of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal Mental Health.
"2 There is emerging evidence that positive Mental Health is associated with improved Health outcomes.
Mental illness is defined as “collectively all diagnosable Mental Disorders” or “Health Conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.
”3 Depression is the most common type of Mental Illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.
"4 It has been estimated that by the year 2020, Depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, trailing only Ischemic Heart Disease.
"5 Evidence has shown that Mental Disorders, especially Depressive Disorders, are strongly related to the occurrence, successful treatment, and course of many Chronic Diseases including Diabetes, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Asthma, and Obesity.
"6 Many risk Behaviors for Chronic Disease; such as, Physical Inactivity, Smoking, Excessive Drinking, and Insufficient Sleep.
In the Health Care and Public Health Arena, more emphasis and resources have been devoted to Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental Illness than Mental Health. Little has been done to protect the Mental Health of those free of Mental Illness. Researchers suggest that there are *INDICATORS* of Mental Health, representing three Domains.
These include the following:
"7 Emotional Well-Being :
Such as perceived life satisfaction, happiness, cheerfulness, peacefulness.
"8 Psychological Well-Being :
Such as self-acceptance, personal growth including openness to new experiences, optimism, hopefulness, purpose in life, control of one’s environment, spirituality, self-direction, and positive relationships.
"9 Social Well-Being :
Social acceptance, beliefs in the potential of people and society as a whole, personal self-worth and usefulness to society, sense of community.
The former Surgeon General notes that there are social determinants of Mental Health as there are social determinants of General Health that need to be in place to support Mental Health. These include adequate housing, safe neighborhoods, equitable jobs and wages, quality education, and equity in access to quality Health Care.
- Depression is a real and debilitating condition that is often misunderstood by family and friends. Its meaning can range from a prolonged period of sadness to an actual mental illness with specific symptoms. Find and share experiences with others who are going through the same struggles.
- Bipolar disorder is not just a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders marked by periods of abnormally high energy and euphoria, often accompanied by bouts of clinical depression. This is the place to talk about your experience with bipolar disorder, learn from others' experiences, and find support.What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain and behavior disorder characterized by severe shifts in a person's mood and energy, making it difficult for the person to function. More than 5.7 million American adults or 2.6 percent of the population age 18 or older in any given year have bipolar disorder. The condition typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can show up in children and in older adults. People often live with the disorder without having it properly diagnosed and treated.
- Anxiety is a physical condition marked by intense and persistent feelings of distress, fear, angst or dread. General Anxiety caused by routine day-to-day stresses usually passes quickly and is experienced by almost everyone at one time or another. However, such feelings that linger over time and are very difficult to cope with, and which lack a clear cause, may indicate an Anxiety Disorder.
- Borderline Personality Disorder BPD is an extremely difficult mental illness to deal with and I am hoping to be able to share experiences, advice and support to help people living with it.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder, more specifically, an anxiety disorder. OCD is manifested in a variety of forms, but is most commonly characterized by a subject's obsessive (repetitive, distressing, intrusive) thoughts and related compulsions (tasks or rituals) which attempt to neutralize the obsessions.
- A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort, typically with an abrupt onset and usually lasting no more than thirty minutes. Symptoms include trembling, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, dizziness, hyperventilation, and sensations of choking or smothering. Panic attacks can be very sudden, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling.
- Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder, often precipitated by the fear of having a panic attack in a setting from which there is no easy means of escape. As a result, sufferers of agoraphobia may avoid public and/or unfamiliar places. In severe cases, the sufferer may become confined to their home, experiencing difficulty traveling from this "safe place."
- A phobia (from the Greek "fear"), is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities, or persons. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is beyond one's control, or if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made.
- Eating disorders are marked by an obsessive need to control the intake and/or purging of food. This community is dedicated to those struggling on the road to recovery. Join to discuss your experience with others and find support. Get advice, ask questions, and meet others who are going through similar struggles.
- Dissociative identity disorder is a diagnosis described as the existence in an individual of two or more distinct identities or personalities, each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. At least two of these personalities are considered to routinely take control of the individual's behavior, and there is also some associated memory loss, which is beyond normal forgetfulness. This memory loss is often referred to as "losing time". These symptoms must occur independently of substance abuse or a general medical condition. Dissociative identity disorder was initially named multiple personality disorder, and, as referenced above, that name remains in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases.
- Abuse is a general term for the treatment of someone that causes some kind of harm (to the abused person, to the abusers themselves, or to someone else) that is unlawful or wrongful. No one deserves abuse, period. Abuse can be emotional, physical, or sexual.
- PTSD / Find support with others who have gone through a traumatic experience. Whether you have chronic or acute PTSD, we are here for you.
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are more common than you might think. It is a syndrome that exhibits symptoms such as hyperactivity, forgetfulness, mood shifts, poor impulse control, and distractibility. Join others who suffer from these conditions and share your experiences.
- Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected and alienated from other people. he lonely person may find it difficult or even impossible to have any form of meaningful human contact. Lonely people often experience a subjective sense of inner emptiness or hollowness, with feelings of separation or isolation from the world... Why Do People Get Lonely? People can experience loneliness for many reasons, and many life events are associated with it. The lack of friendship relations during childhood, adolescence, and etc....
- Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by impairments in the perception of reality and by significant social dysfunction. Untreated schizophrenia is typically characterized by demonstrating disorganized thinking and experiencing delusions or auditory hallucinations.
-Seasonal affective disorder, also known as S.A.D., winter depression or the winter blues is an affective, or mood, disorder. Most SAD sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer. The condition in the summer is often referred to as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. An argument for this view is the effectiveness of bright light therapy. SAD is measurably present at latitudes in the Arctic region, such as Finland where the rate of SAD is 9.5% Cloud cover may contribute to the negative effects of SAD. SAD can be a serious disorder and may require hospitalization.
#10. Total loss of judgement, excessive spending, religious delusions and hallucinations.
#9. Lost touch with reality, incoherent, no sleep, paranoid and vindictive, reckless behavior.
#8. Inflated self-esteem, rapid thoughts and speech, counter-productive, simultaneous tasks.
#7. Very productive, everything to excess (phone calls, writing, smoking, tea), charming and talkative.
#6. Self-esteem, good, optimistic, sociable, and articulate, good decisions, and get work done.
#5. Mood in balance, no symptoms of depression or mania. Life is going well and the outlook is good.
#4. Slight withdrawal from social situations, concentration less than usual, slight agitation.
MILD TO MODERATE DEPRESSION
#3. Feeling of panic and anxiety, concentration difficult and memory poor, some comfort in routine.
#2. Slow thinking, no appetite, need to be alone, sleep excessive or difficult, everything a struggle.
#1. Feeling of hopelessness and guilt, thoughts of suicide, little movement, impossible to do anything.
# 0. Endless suicidal thoughts, no way out, no movement, everything is bleak, and it will always be like this...
-RATE YOUR SYMPTOMS:
0= Not experiencing this symptom / 4= incapacitated by this symptom....
1.) Sadness / Despair
2.) Helplessness / Hopelessness
3.) Agitation / Irritability
4.) Social Withdrawal
5.) Low Self Esteem
6.) Low Motivation or Interest
8.) Inability to concentrate or Make Decisions
9.) Aggressive Behavior
10.) Grandiose Ideas
11.) Racing Thoughts
12.) High Anxiety or Excessive worry
13.) Sleep Problems
14.) Body Ache / Pain
15.) Change in appetite
16.) Feelings of Guilt or Self Blame
17.) Thoughts of Death or Suicide....
1 = Panic Attack: shortness of breath, rapid heart beat, shaking limbs, sweating, etc...
2 = Very Anxious: sensations of symptoms arising.
3 = Anxious: overwhelming sense of worry.
4 = Somewhat Anxious: worried but controllable.
5 = Even: in limbo.
6 = O.K.: Things are calm right now.
7 = Calm and Relaxed: no doomed thoughts.
8 = Feeling Great: no thoughts apparent at this time of worry.
Bipolar or Manic Depressive Disorder is a Mood Disorder that causes radical emotional changes and mood swings, from Manic highs to Depressive lows. The majority of Bipolar individuals experience alternating episodes of Mania and Depression from a minor state of life, to lifelong disability. The information here should not be used as a substitute for seeking Medical care for Diagnose or Treatment. We are strictly Volunteered based. The Group is being created for all to come via "Multiple" Mental Disorders they may be going through with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder and other serious Brain Diseases are an extreme challenge for the individual and the entire family.
Mental Health and Wellness disorders are illnesses that involve the body, mood, spirit, and thoughts! It affects how one eats, and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things! Sometimes referred to as Psychiatric or Psychologic Disorders, Mental Health Disorders are caused by complex interactions between Physical, Psychologic, Social, Cultural, and Hereditary influences. They involve disturbances in thinking, emotion, and/or behavior. Small disturbances in these aspects of life are common, but when such disturbances distress the person greatly, interfere with daily life, or both, they are considered Mental Illness or a Mental Health Disorder. The effects of Mental Illness may be long-lasting or temporary.
We believe that people become empowered to help themselves and others when they feel a part of something. Sharing in your journey with others will help take the focus off of yourself and in return I feel, and have heard others as well state that they felt much gratification that their story, and or struggles just may be for a reason, to help those struggling, and in reaching out to those whom don't have a voice yet! We offer to help those individuals diagnosed by sharing coping mechanisms, in hopes to learn from each other’s struggles, and possibly be able to lend a helping hand in helping someone else.... Communicating, sharing, and connecting with others in a Community will have a positive effect on healing in your life….
There's a strong link between good mental health and good physical health, and vice versa. In the other direction, depression and other mental health issues can contribute to digestive disorders, trouble sleeping, lack of energy, heart disease, and other health issues. There are many ways to keep your mind and mood in optimal shape. Exercise, healthy eating, and stress reduction techniques like meditation or mindfulness can keep your brain — and your body — in tip-top shape. When mood and mental health slip, doing something about it as early as possible can keep the change from getting worse or becoming permanent. Treating conditions like depression and anxiety improve quality of life. Learning to manage stress makes for more satisfying and productive days.
If you have been diagnosed with any Mental Health Disorder we 'welcome' you to this Peer Support Community. We offer you to give and gain Peer Support through your journey of Symptoms, Triggers, Treatment, and Recovery.
We do "NOT" participate in our Support Group Community as Professionals!
We are Advocates on The Road to Recovery!
YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO JOIN IN OUR SUPPORT GROUP COMMUNITY...
We believe that traditionally in Society, Mental Health concerns have been stigmatized with people often expressing both prejudice and discrimination toward those with a Mental Disorder Diagnosis. Furthermore, people with Mental Health concerns often have nowhere to turn for Support. We offer a caring and Safe Environment.
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If you or someone you know needs immediate help in the U.S., call the line for hope to talk to someone live in your local area. They can listen to you and direct you to local resources if further assistance is needed. If someone has talked to you about suicide, and you believe they are currently a threat to themselves or someone else but won’t take your help, call 911!
1- (800)273-8255 …..1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-(877)838-2838 …..1-877-Vet2Vet Veterans Peer Support Line
1-(800)784-2432 …..1-800-SUICIDA Spanish Speaking Suicide Hotline
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1-(800)773-6667 …..1-800-PPD-MOMS Post Partum Depression Hotline
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Conditions associated with increased risk of Suicide:
Death or terminal illness of relative or friend. Divorce, separation, broken relationship, stress on family. Loss of health (real or imaginary). Loss of job, home, money, status, self-esteem, personal security. Alcohol or drug abuse. Depression. In the young depression may be masked by hyperactivity or acting out behavior. In the elderly it may be incorrectly attributed to the natural effects of aging. Depression that seems to quickly disappear for no apparent reason is cause for concern. The early stages of recovery from depression can be a high risk period. Recent studies have associated anxiety disorders with increased risk for attempted suicide.
Emotional and behavioral changes associated with Suicide:
Overwhelming Pain: pain that threatens to exceed the person's pain coping capacities. Suicidal feelings are often the result of longstanding problems that have been exacerbated by recent precipitating events. The precipitating factors may be new pain or the loss of pain coping resources. Hopelessness: the feeling that the pain will continue or get worse; things will never get better. Powerlessness: the feeling that one's resources for reducing pain are exhausted. Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, self-hatred, no one cares. Fears of losing control, harming self or others. Personality becomes sad, withdrawn, tired, apathetic, anxious, irritable, or prone to angry outbursts. Declining performance in school, work, or other activities. (Occasionally the reverse: someone who volunteers for extra duties because they need to fill up their time.) Social isolation; or association with a group that has different moral standards than those of the family. Declining interest in sex, friends, or activities previously enjoyed. Neglect of personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance. Alterations in either direction in sleeping or eating habits. (Particularly in the elderly) Self-starvation, dietary mismanagement, disobeying medical instructions. Difficult times: holidays, anniversaries, and the first week after discharge from a hospital; just before and after diagnosis of a major illness; just before and during disciplinary proceedings. Undocumented status adds to the stress of a crisis.
Previous Suicide attempts, mini-attempts. Explicit statements of suicidal ideation or feelings. Development of suicidal plan, acquiring the means, rehearsal behavior, setting a time for the attempt. Self-inflicted injuries, such as cuts, burns, or head banging. Reckless behavior. (Besides suicide, other leading causes of death among young people in New York City are homicide, accidents, drug overdose, and AIDS.) Unexplained accidents among children and the elderly. Making out a will or giving away favorite possessions. Inappropriately saying goodbye. Verbal behavior that is ambiguous or indirect: I'm going away on a real long trip., You won't have to worry about me anymore., I want to go to sleep and never wake up., I'm so depressed, I just can't go on., Does God punish suicides?, Voices are telling me to do bad things., requests for euthanasia information, inappropriate joking, stories or essays on morbid themes.
A WARNING ABOUT WARNING SIGNS :
The majority of the population at any one time does not have many of the warning signs and has a lower suicide risk rate. But a lower rate in a larger population is still a lot of people - and many completed suicides had only a few of the conditions listed above. In a one person to another person situation, all indications of suicidality need to be taken seriously.
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“To most of those who have experienced it, the horror of depression is so overwhelming as to be quite beyond expression. . . if depression had no termination, then suicide would, indeed, be the only remedy. But. . . depression is not the soul’s annihilation; men and women who have recovered from the disease-and they are countless-bear witness to what is probably its only saving grace: it is conquerable.” William Styron
"Mental Health Support Community's Goal":
SHARE THE AIR; We want all to have the opportunity to share!
GIVE BACK; We often benefit by offering support to others by sharing in our own struggles, triumphs, and experiences!
DIFFERENCES OF OPINIONS ARE OKAY; We are all entitled to our own point of view!
WE ARE ALL EQUALS; Accept all Cultural, Linguistic, Social, and Racial differences and promote their acceptance!
We do not participate in our Support Group / Community as Professionals, we do not instruct or advise. However we share in our own experiences. Only we know what is best for our own Health along with our Doctor's instructions!
IT''S OKAY NOT TO SHARE; People may just read. You do not have to share if you do not want to!
IT'S EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THE SUPPORT GROUP / COMMUNITY A SAFE HAVEN TO SHARE!
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with kindness, and show compassion!
The *Goal *of Mental Health Support Community is that with Professional help "Support" greatly increases the chance of individuals suffering from Mental Illness to either begin, or continue on their way to, or through Recovery. Along with your Medically approved Treatment, we hope you Meet, Greet, Share, and Support with others who are dealing with the same struggles that come along with dealing with these types of Illnesses! We strive to limit the harm that a Mental Health Diagnosis can inflict by offering Peer Support through this Net-Work; by connecting people around the World to one another in order to share your own Fears, Medication Management, Possible Side Effects, Therapy, Joy's, and Sorrow's!
If you have been diagnosed with any Mental Health Disorder we Welcome you to this Peer Support Group / Community. We offer you to give, and gain Peer Support through your journey of Symptoms, Triggers, Treatment, and Recovery. We encourage you to share your journey of Therapy and form friendships with others who are battling the same fight that you are!
A FROM THE STAFF !
I've always been a very passionate person, luckily, for without that passion, I would have no drive.
I lost about every ounce of passion on the day I got diagnosed on January 15, 2000 as Bipolar I with Mixed State and a Rapid Cycler. And lost my job of 8 years of loyalty.
Everything I do in my life comes from my heart, where my passion lies, without that passion I have no drive.
A few years later after I became more educated, understanding towards myself, and accepting of my diagnosis I picked up that pen and felt the passion return again!
Compassion is meant to be "shared and spread through the unchanging truths of ones hope for friendship, and support" and "understanding through many of our own creative ways."
Infusing our fresh expression of our own faithful way in how to cope daily, hourly, or sometimes for me by the minute!
I am gonna be honest, as u probably already know, it is very trying and down right exhausting.
Luckily my drive, passion, and inspiration never did lose focus!
So take a chance go beyond the ordinary, it may take some time, but I can promise you, you won't regret it.
CROSSING THE BP BRIDGE:
At times the bridge is very narrow with planks that are unstable some even missing. I continue my journey holding on tight as the bridge narrows and the planks are unsafe taking each step slowly making choices carefully as I move forward. There are times when the bridge will widen providing me with more space to move about with some what ease, as I continue on not knowing what may lie ahead of me. I will continue on now and tomorrow. My journey I will control it, it will not control me! I will choose where I will go, where and when I will end my journey!! The road is full of twists and turns, cross roads, and valleys. I may stumble but I will get up and continue to where lies my destination.
JanSupport / JmaC
BP and Me:
I meant BP pure desitny We are not friends but we do know each other fairly well. BP has taken from me, but it has also given to me. I may not be the person I may have known my entire life, but them again am I? I do look at people differently give them the benefit of the doubt. I am unique in my own way, we live in the same mind and body, but it is a guest not a permanent resident. And at times it becomes more predominant that I would like it to, but I have learned through our odd relationship, that it does not control me, rule me, or make me the person that I am. BP will continue to be a guest. I call the shots cause this is my mind, my body and I am a survivor today, tomorrow,and always.
The journey called Bipolar disorder is no typical journey that just anyone takes, yes a lot of people have it a lot worse in their lives, some a lot better. But I speak of the journey we are taking together. This journey is complex and challenging yet a learning experience, it can ruin relationships, marriages, careers, and ones self worth, and zap us of our inner strength. At times it is overwhelming all consuming and we preserve each day. Yes, it will knock us down, beat us up, rob us, and threaten us, and attempt to destroy us after time. But we preserve each day, we may fall down but we get up again and again. This is survival at its best! They say you can not pick your relatives but you can pick your friends. Friends are something you can not buy in a store or wish for. They are special bonds woven through similar experiences, struggles, challenges, heart aches, as well as success and unforgettable memories. We need to treasure our friends they can be our support when family just don't understand. Friends listen, never judge you or tell you that they don't care. We all need friends just as we need air to breathe.
You will have a better tomorrow if only you think about today. You will not have a good day if you just sit around and think of yesterday. Our BP journey is like a domino effect. We get through yesterday, put that day in the past move on through today and work through it. Tomorrow what it can bring to us is fresh and new and the beginning of the day's possibilities. Always look forward to tomorrow and what it may bring us as you travel through the peaks and valleys and when you reach that peak hang on, because the view at the top is much brighter.
When sadness knocks at your door don't answer it! It will leave and when happiness knocks answer it and bring it into your life. Do not be frightened when it leaves when you least expect it, it shall return. The journey continues to walk the road of challenge, adversity, and obstacles. Even when the odds are against us we continue to go on with complete effort. Never stop trying and we will never feel there is no chance to win. And if we face the right direction on this road that has been given to us we have to keep going, no matter how difficult this road may be, we may feel despair, loneliness, and be afraid but we will not falter, and we may not be there yet, but we are much closer as of yesterday and what we get by reaching our destination is not nearly as vital of what we will find and whom we may become when we do.
Moving forward not looking back is key to continue on this journey. Yes, we have made mistakes, burned a lot of bridges, but who hasn’t. Learning to live and forgive oneself is the first step towards moving forward. We have difficult times during this BP journey and we may at times feel we are so alone, so different, and cannot give anymore, but we have and continue to do so. For its not the BP which defined us as who we are, nor will we let it control our lives. Our relationship with BP is not a close one, nor do we want it to be, but the relationship we have with ourselves is an important one. Loving ourselves, understanding ourselves, is what we are about, and who we are. The BP life is a journey we take every day.
Whether we notice or not all things in life are connected in some way. We live with the intention to continue to learn. The doors of our lives that we open today will decide the lives we live. As we look back life is different yet it stays the same, everything is relative, and all the struggles, fears, hopes and dreams will return again, for life always changes, just as quickly as it remains the same. But the difference is with each return we always have a hope of a new day, for a chance at a better life. The journey of life is connected and everything is relative for the strength and hope will continue to return.
JanSupport / JmaC....
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Welcome to the oldest annotated directory of online psychology and mental health resources. This directory began in 1992 and was originally published in the Usenet newsgroups; it was transferred to its current Web-based format in 1995. Every resource contained herein has been personally reviewed by one of our Psych Central associate editors.
Dr.Phelps / *Psych Education*
PsychEducation.org began in 2001 as a way to explain tricky stuff to my patients and colleagues. I write in plain english, but also provide research references. Skepticism is welcome. A book version of the main ideas is now available from Norton press, with a version for patients and families out in December.
David Oliver / *Bipolar Central*
I put together this web site to help people who are living or supporting a loved one with bipolar disorder. Why did I do it? Here's a bit about my life story that will help you understand why bipolar disorder has become so important to me.
General Psychology Web Sites
The following site links have been grouped under the broad heading of "General" the reason being is that the many of the sites content are so broad and comprehensive, that in some cases that they do not easily fall within a particular "Psychological Category". All of the sites listed are recommended as "first stops" in your global search for psychology information.
Mental Health Today Recommended Links
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GoodTherapy.org is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, or therapy. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding any mental health symptom or medical condition. Never disregard professional psychological or medical advice nor delay in seeking professional advice or treatment because of something you have read on GoodTherapy.org.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Learn more about clinical studies and about this site, including relevant history, policies, and laws.
Test and quiz whether you have ADULT Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
This quiz tests whether your CHILD or TEEN may have Attention Deficit Disorder ( ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Bipolar Screening Quiz ... In order for the results of this quiz to be most accurate, you should be 18 or older.
This test will help determine if you may suffer from symptoms associated with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Depression Screening Test. By Ivan Goldberg, M.D.
Use this test to help determine if you have an Eating Disorder.
Mania Quiz. By Ivan Goldberg, M.D.
Discover whether you suffer from an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
News & Experts ...16-Type Jungian Personality Test ... questions for the most accurate score possible.
Scientifically test whether you have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Mindful Web Site.
The Mindfulness Insitute.
Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.
Christopher Germer, PhD, Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Mindful Awareness Research Center at University of California Los Angeles.
University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness.
The Centre for Mindfulness Study Resources.
Insight Meditation Society.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
Western Buddhist Teachings.
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