May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health, and one of the most recognized mental health awareness events in the country. This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, focuses on increasing the understanding of how the body’s various systems impact mental health based on recent research. When we talk about health, we tend to think only of our physical health, but often don’t realize that so much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Five key areas are vital to staying physically and mentally healthy. (more…)
What defines a family varies on a person’s culture, belief systems, and circumstances, and is not necessarily stagnant over time. Family can take on many forms extending beyond the nuclear family one was born into or raised. Whatever the make-up of the family, it is an emotional system where each member influences one another. In family therapy, the effects of addiction and mental illness are viewed as “a family disease,” and impacting all family members even if they are not directly involved. Loved ones of a person suffering from an addiction or mental illness can become overwhelmed and may experience stress and anxiety affecting their health and life satisfaction; leading to poor sleep, sadness, excessive worrying, embarrassment, isolation and can cause interpersonal issues in other relationships as well as affect personal responsibilities. (more…)
As Heather Hayes was gathering information for her speech, A Nation Held Hostage, she created an acronym for a call-to-action in helping fight the mental illness of addiction. RESIST is built around teaching others about respecting those who are fighting the addiction battle and their families, and empowering them to overcome the fear of seeking ethical treatment for addiction. Sharing information is also part of the acronym, as we need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of addiction. There are many resources available for this purpose, and we need to educate others and raise awareness about the stigma surrounding addiction. It is imperative that we send a message to those suffering and their families that they are not alone and safe, ethical treatment available. (more…)
Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), also called cognitive enhancement therapy, helps a person learn skills to manage their everyday life. CRT aims to reduce problems with cognition, such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. As a mental illness progresses, cognitive skills suffer and become more impaired. This decline will begin to interfere with a person’s normal functioning in relationships, at work and in school. Cognitive remediation focuses on improving cognitive deficits by interrupting the diminishment of these skills. (more…)
Those in mental health and addiction professions often overlook their “self-care” while focusing on others and before it’s too late it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Interventions, emergencies, ”on-call schedules,” and crisis management with clients and their families are just a few work-related stressors that can lead to poor self-care.
The first step in mental health recovery is seeking treatment. Your treatment journey is supported by clinicians, therapists, and nutritionist, but the most important support is that from your family and loved ones. (more…)
Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), sometimes referred to as cognitive enhancement therapy, is a treatment method with the goal of helping an individual improve their memory, attention, organizational skills and information processing. This type of therapy was developed to help individuals struggling with psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, eating disorders, ADHD and traumatic brain injury. Cognitive remediation therapy is often completed in a computer-based classroom setting.