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10 Tips on Handling Family During the Holidays When You Have Mental Illness

10 Tips on Handling Family During the Holidays When You Have Mental Illness

For some, the holidays are a time of year for joy and celebration. But for others, it can bring on unnecessary stress and tension, especially if you are struggling with mental illness. Everyone has a family member (or two or three) who spreads rumors, pushes buttons, or pokes their nose…

10 Tips for Supporting Your Loved One with Depression

10 Tips for Supporting Your Loved One with Depression

We all want our loved ones to be happy, and when you’re caring for someone who is struggling with depression, it’s common to feel hopeless or stuck. Whomever it is in your life that has depression, whether it’s your friend, spouse, or family member, it can be painful to watch…

How Self-Advocacy Can Reduce the Stigma of Schizophrenia

How Self-Advocacy Can Reduce the Stigma of Schizophrenia

In today’s world, mental illness is still, unfortunately, stigmatized. While there is a movement to reduce stigma, we still have a long way to go. It may surprise you, but some of the biggest culprits of fearing and having preconceptions about mental illness are those who have it. I wish…

How to Manage Anxiety

How to Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is a human emotion we all share, and it’s important to remember that you are not the only one who suffers, or has suffered, from it. It’s important to keep in mind that anxiety, at low and moderate levels, isn’t destructive, and in fact, can be beneficial. It keeps us…

How to Tell People You’re Depressed When Your Life Seems OK

How to Tell People You’re Depressed When Your Life Seems OK

If your life is OK and you are functioning day-to-day but struggling with depression, you’re not alone. Many people who are depressed may be functioning well outwardly, excelling at work or school, maintaining relationships, and carrying on with their social life. But just because your life is going how you…