If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.
Two high school students tried to tell stories about teen mental illnesses
Susan Antilla: Schools need to have open conversations about mental health
She says kids suffering from mental illness crave information that can help them
Antilla: A town in Connecticut has seen good results when it fosters discussion
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Madeline Halpert, a junior, and Eva Rosenfeld, a sophomore, had undertaken a Herculean task. After bonding over the discovery that both were being treated for depression, they linked up with other journalism students and gathered highly personal stories about mental illness from teenagers in their school district.
Incredibly, all their subjects agreed to be identified. No unnamed sources. No pseudonyms. These were reporters who did their homework, and subjects who saw the merit of going public about their experiences with everything from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and drug abuse.
Though related, self-acceptance is not the same as self-esteem. Whereas self-esteem refers specifically to how valuable, or worthwhile, we see ourselves, self-acceptance alludes to a far more global affirmation of self. When we're self-accepting, we're able to embrace all facets of ourselves--not just the positive, more "esteem-able" parts. As such, self-acceptance is unconditional, free of any qualification. We can recognize our weaknesses, limitations, and foibles, but this awareness in no way interferes with our ability to fully accept ourselves.
I regularly tell my therapy clients that if they genuinely want to improve their self-esteem, they need to explore what parts of themselves they're not yet able to accept. For, ultimately, liking ourselves more (or getting on better terms with ourselves) has mostly to do with self-acceptance. And it's only when we stop judging ourselves that we can secure a more positive sense of who we are. Which is why I believe self-esteem rises naturally as soon as we cease being so hard on ourselves. And it's precisely because self-acceptance involves far more than self-esteem that I see it as crucial to our happiness and state of well-being.
The beginning of the year is a bummer for many — the combination of dark days, no more holidays to look forward to and never-ending bad weather make this time of year ripe for Seasonal Affected Disorder, or clinical depression with a seasonal onset.
The major symptoms of SAD and clinical depression are the same, Dr. Brandon Gibb, a psychology professor at Binghamton University, told weather.com. You’ll experience an enduring sadness most of the day every day for at least two weeks. (It’s this duration that separates true clinical depression from a few sad moods.) You’ll also experience a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
“The other really key thing is [depression] starts to get in the way of things: work, your ability to do your job, your relationships with people,” he said.
But for some people, there are more subtle signs, counterintuitive to traditional depressive symptoms. Even if you’re working hard at work and going out with your friends, you still could be depressed, in fact.
Some people find it hard to accept compliments when they’re depressed or when their depression is starting to return. One explanation: A compliment disrupts a depressed person’s low self-esteem, so he or she refuses to accept it. Feeling self-centered (when’s the last time you complimented someone else?) is also a sign someone is retreating toward depression.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and although millions and millions of families are affected by mental health issues, I have found that mental illness is one of the least talked about topics. In fact, I would go so far as to call it taboo.
My family is no stranger to mental illness and how it wreaks havoc. As I've recently discovered, various degrees of mental illness go back generations.
This post isn't about my family in particular and I'm not going to get into specifics. That's a whole series of blog posts for another day. I only share with you that I have personal experience in this area in order to let you know that I know of what I speak. I'm also not a mental health professional and my statements below are my opinions, based on my experience.
People with mental illness don't want your pity or to be condescended to. First and foremost, people with mental illness want and deserve to be treated with respect. Take your cues from them. Be patient. They can't always get their thoughts out quickly, but by being patient and not rushing or cutting them off shows respect, treats them with dignity, and re-enforces their value as people.
You've seen the TV commercials, the person in black and white and sad while they watch their friends and family in color happy as can be? Then the sad individual gets help, sees the world in color and has a dog run into frame to play with them, or they are suddenly on the couch petting their beloved cat. Well, there's a reason for that, pets can help individuals with depression/illnesses/anxiety.
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Depression affects millions of individuals in the USA alone. A lot of people reading this suffer from some form or know someone who does. A pet might not be right for everyone, so don't just show up with a pet one day for someone you know with depression.
Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics
TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds.
"Agitation is one of the worst symptoms for patients and their families: it puts the Alzheimer's patient at risk for other system overloads (cardiac, infection), wears them out physically, and exhausts caregivers and families," noted one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He said that while antipsychotic drugs are typically used to help ease the agitation, they are also associated with a higher risk of death for Alzheimer's patients, so safer alternatives would be welcome.
The new study was led by Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center in Baltimore. It included 186 Alzheimer's patients with agitation symptoms such as emotional distress, aggression, irritability, and excessive movem
Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Special to the Register; 11:05 p.m. CDT May 18, 2014
The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in her 20s came as a relief to Hope Richardson. There was finally a name for what she felt and something that could be done, she said. Because mental illness is a lifelong condition, staying well takes effort, and she's mindful of that every day.
Once afraid of others not liking her and unable to stand up for herself, Richardson said she often walked around with her head down and hair covering her face. She went through bouts of depression and struggled with anger, manic episodes and suicidal thoughts.
Early on, she was hesitant to talk about her condition.
"I didn't want people to know. I was kind of embarrassed and ashamed," said Richardson, 44, of Des Moines.
Through therapy and support, she has learned to "live with," rather than "suffer," mental illness and says the only way to end stigma is to educate others.
She's part of a group of trained speakers who open up about their disorders through In Our Own Voice, a public awareness program sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness Greater Des Moines. The local chapter began offering the program last fall.
Sharing their stories serves as a type of ongoing therapy for the speakers and a chance to paint a realistic picture of mental illness, which affects one in four adults — about 61.5 million Americans every year. One in 17, or 13.6 million Americans, live with a serious mental condition such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
Thank you so much, I never really thought to be proud of myself.
Thanks to all who read this post and thought to reply, I have really received a lot of support and you know what, it has given me a bit of courage to try and get a "proper" diagnosis because after reading this I think that depression isn't the right diagnosis. I am trying very hard not to speculate but I think a diagnosis of bipolar is closer to the way I am and I will investigate this possibility properly this time. (anxiousallthetime)
Below is a list of Eating
Disorders Organizations that you can contact for further help,
information and support.
The non-profit organizations listed here can provide educational and written material, lecture information, referrals to treatment in your area, and more. Don't forget to also check out the Treatment Finder for a list of local therapists, treatment facilities, dietitians, nutritionists and support groups.
Please take advantage of this comprehensive list as there is a plethora of knowledge here at your fingertips. ~Lindsay
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Formerly EDAP & AABA 603 Stewart Street, Suite 803 Seattle, WA 98101-1264 Toll-Free (800) 931-2237 Phone (206) 382-3587 FAX (206) 829-8501 The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research. To achieve our mission, we have developed prevention programs for a wide range of audiences, we publish and distribute educational materials, we operate the nation's first toll-free eating disorders information and referral line at 1-800-931-2237, and we continually work to change the cultural, familial, and interpersonal factors which contribute to the development of eating disorders.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Box 7 Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 831-3438 An association that is concerned with and provides a wide variety of programs for the entire Eating Disorders field (consumer advocacy, counsel, education, referral list, research, etc.)
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) 18233 N. 16th Way Phoenix, AZ 85022 a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery.
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) 6728 Old McLean Village Drive McLean, VA 22101 (703) 556-9222 Promotes effective treatment and prevention initiatives, and stimulates research. AED sponsors an international conference.
The Elisa Project 8600 NW Plaza Drive, Suite 2B Dallas, Texas 75225 (214) 369-5222 To be a cohesive resource in providing eating disorder sufferers with a better chance of a cure. We accomplish this by educating Health professionals, Parents, Children, The Community and The Funding Community.
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness PO Box 13155 North Palm Beach, FL 33408-3155 (561) 841-0900 Seeks to establish easily accessible programs across the nation that allow children and young adults the opportunity to learn about eating disorders.
Eating Disorders Coalition 609 10th Street NE, Suite #1 Washington, DC 20002 (202) 543-3842 To promote, at the federal level, further investment in the healthy development of children and all at risk for eating disorders, recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority, and commitment to effective prevention and evidence based and accessible treatment of these disorders.
Harvard Eating Disorders Center (HEDC) 356 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02118 1-888-236-1188 A national nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education, seeking to expand knowledge about Eating Disorders, their detection, treatment and prevention.
Massachusetts Eating Disorders Association, Inc. (MEDA) 92 Pearl Street Newton, MA 02158 (617) 558-1881 Newsletter, referral network, and local support groups.
Overeaters Anonymous P.O. Box 44020 Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124-4020 (505) 891-2664 FAX (505) 891-4320 Dealing with the issues of Compulsive Overeating. Site contains information on OA, info for healthcare professionals, a meeting locator map, fact file, OA literature, upcoming events and more.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) CW 1-211, 200 Elizabeth Street Toronto, Ontario 416-340-4156 A non-profit organisation established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
Eating Disorders Association of Manitoba PO BOX 34099 RPO Fort Richmond Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5T5 (204) 275-3732 A provincial non-profit organization founded in April of 1998 to provide support for individuals that have a loved one that suffers from an eating disorder.
Eating Disorders Association (UK) First Floor, Wensum House 103 Prince of Wales Road NORWICH, NR 1 1DW Norfolk, UK 01603 621 414 Offers understanding and support to sufferers and their families involved with the problems of Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa.
Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association Strode House, 10 Leigh Road STREET, Somerset, BA16 0HA or 18-25 Project, 20A High Street GLASTONBURY, Somerset, BA6 9DU 01458 448600 Providing support to those affected by eating disorders; core services include the telephone helpline and support groups.
The Eating Disorders Action Group 150 Bedford Highway, #2614 Halifax, NS B3M 3J5 (902) 443-9944 The Eating Disorders Action Group is a community based, charitable organization dedicated to promoting healthy body image and self esteem and to supporting individuals who experience disordered eating.
ANAB Quebec 114 Donegani Boulevard Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 2V4 (514) 630-0907 ANAB Quebec is a Montreal-based non-profit organization that has been working since 1984 to help those whose lives are touched by an eating disorder.
Food Addicts Anonymous to find a local group visit the website or call: The World Service Office at: (561) 967-3871 National Food Addicts Anonymous Homepage -- information about the FAA recovery program. Worldwide events, on-line meetings, tools for recovery, 12 steps and 12 traditions and much more.
HUGS International Inc. Contact: Linda Omichinski, RD
The center for information and resources about nondieting for adults and teens. We offer worldwide support and programs for people seeking a lifestyle without diets.
Eating Disorders Association Resource Center The Eating Disorders Association is based in Queensland, Australia. It is an organization of people concerned about the growing prevalence and seriousness of eating disorders in our society.
Eating Disorders Association Bryson House, 38 Ormeau Road, Belfast 7 IRELAND Sackville Place, 44 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1JE. Tel 080 232 234914 Members all receive information about Eating Disorders, including the magazine Signpost
British Columbia Eating Disorders Assocation 841 Fairfield Road Victoria BC Canada (250) 383-2755 Non-profit organization dedicated to peer support, peer counseling, and advocacy. We also run prevention programs for elementary, secondary schools and university/college classes. We are completely volunteer driven and supported! Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W. PO BOX 4403 10016 Pioneer Blvd Suite 101 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (310) 942-8161 fax (310) 948-3721 A twelve step recovery program.
Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) 123 NW 13th St. #206 Boca Raton, FL 33432-1618 (800) 800-8126 fax (407) 338-9913 An organization providing education, newsletters, local chapters, monthly bulletins, regional workshops, and certification. Professional membership.
Promoting Legislation & Education About Self-Esteem, Inc. (PLEASE) 91 S Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107 (860) 521-2515 Memberships and Educational Programs, Workshops, and local chapters. Watch-dog of the growing diet industry.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Inc. (NAAFA) P.O. Box 188620 Sacramento, CA 95818 (800) 442-1214 Advocacy group promoting size acceptance. Membership newsletters, educational materials, regional chapters, yearly convention, and pen-pal program
Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
Information on Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive
Overeating. Eating Disorders definitions, signs and symptoms, physical
dangers, treatment finder, online support and much more.
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