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O.C.D., My Exhausting Best Friend

October 15, 2018

Opinion Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a companion that constantly wants to protect me, never realizing the threats it sees aren’t legitimate. By Wajahat Ali Contributing Opinion Writer CreditCreditKelsey Borch Ever since I was young, my mind has gotten stuck. I’ll be flooded with intrusive thoughts. An image or an idea will transform into a burning question — “What more »

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Hard Lessons Learned As A Parent Of An Adult With An SMI

September 5, 2018

Helping Someone Who Has A Mental Illness: Lessons I’ve Learned (8-31-18) From My Files Friday. I receive emails each week from parents seeking advice. This blog that I first posed eight years ago still rings true. It’s difficult helping someone with a mental illness. My relationship with my son,  Kevin, has not always been easy. Those more »

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How to Best Support Someone with Psychosis

August 28, 2018

Published on August 21, 2018 This article was first published here, on the blog of Dr. Melissa Welby Psychosis can be a terrifying experience for everyone. When a loved one has a psychotic episode, families, and friends are usually not prepared. The first step is figuring out “What is psychosis?” and getting a basic understanding of more »

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What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

July 8, 2018

There are no easy answers for helping someone struggling with depression, especially if you’ve already tried and tried. Here are some tips from experts. By Heather Murphy Jun. 7th, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/health/depression-suicide-helping.html Reports of Kate Spade’s suicide and struggle with depression instantly transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects more »

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What is depression and why is it rising?

June 9, 2018

What is depression? Depressed people don’t all shuffle around with a long face, or cry at any provocation. MentalHealth.gov, a US government website, defines it as “losing interest in important parts of life”. Symptoms include eating or sleeping too much or too little; pulling away from people and usual activities; having low or no energy; more »

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