mental illness

Managing Your Mania

Managing Your Mania

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER? Bipolar disorder (Type I) is a mental illness characterized by having prolonged fluctuations between manic and major depressive episodes, whereas bipolar disorder (Type II) is characterized by fluctuations between hypomanic and major depressive episodes. People who have bipolar disorder experience intense emotional instability and find it…

Practicing Mindfulness to Get Through Your Addiction

Practicing Mindfulness to Get Through Your Addiction

Are you struggling with a drug, alcohol, or behavioral addiction? While you are on your path to sobriety, you’ll probably face unexpected bumps in the road. There may be events or thoughts that trigger your desire to drink or use drugs. No one ever said getting sober is easy, but…

Using Forgiveness as a Vehicle for Inner Peace

Using Forgiveness as a Vehicle for Inner Peace

People are often reluctant to forgive others, or themselves, because they think they have to disregard their pain and emotions. If others have wronged you, or if you hurt others, forgiveness is an important tool in the healing process to help you find inner peace. The first step to forgiveness…

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…

Caring for Yourself When Caring for a Loved One with Schizophrenia

Caring for Yourself When Caring for a Loved One with Schizophrenia

Caring for a loved one with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder can be exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming… but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips on how to support your loved one while taking care of yourself at the same time. OVERVIEW Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are thought…