By: Laura Susanne Yochelson This is my story about coming to grips with a mental disorder at Lifeskills South Florida, a residential treatment center in Florida. I had a long and painful journey, marked by many false starts. Over the past year, however, I have found my way out of a very dark place. The…Details
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 43.8 million adults experience a mental illness in a given year. Mental illness is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that can vary from no impairment to mild, moderate, or severe. A serious mental illness results in functional impairment and interferes with or…Details
According to the recently released 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 30.5 million Americans over the age of 12 have used an illicit drug in past 30 days. The number of Americans using illicit drugs has increased by just over 2 million…Details
The fall and winter months can be some of the most stressful times of the year for many. Added holiday pressures can trigger heightened difficulties for those with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. For some, these months bring about seasonal depression that may not occur at other times of the year.
As a parent or family member, it is difficult to see a loved one become unfit to care for themselves due to a mental illness or substance use disorder. Sometimes, there may be a need for an Emergency Temporary Guardianship (ETG) to protect the individual at risk and help them find proper treatment. Also known…Details
The holidays are full of merriment, family, and food, but for many it can also be a time of increased anxiety. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed to by the balancing act of a packed calendar and everyday responsibilities. Learning healthy coping mechanisms during the holidays can increase our resiliency and protect us in…Details
It is normal to feel stress, anger, and depression after a traumatic event, such as the recent one in Pittsburgh. After such an event, some people may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, PTSD symptoms may begin later, or may come and go over time. Of those who experience a traumatic event in their…Details
One year ago, Rob’s life changed forever. He was at a crossroads and needed to decide who he was and what he wanted to define his life. Fear that he would never change consumed him.
“Snap out of it.” “Just be positive.” “You need to just get over it.” “What do you have to be sad about?” “Stop being lazy.” “Just smile, and you will feel better.” These are only a few things that people suffering from depression hear. People don’t choose to be depressed, and it is more than…Details
Now in its 29th year, National Recovery Month celebrates the success of those in recovery and helps to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, an active community, a sense of purpose,…Details