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D.I.D. A Legitimate Diagnosis
A Spiritual Healing
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Mental Health
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[Mental Health Information]
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The websites below are great Mental Health resources, the links open in a new window.
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Mental health information at Psych Central. Opens in a new window.
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Psych Central - Click on above logo.
Healthyplace.com - General Mental Health Issues
Healthyplace.com - Mental health hot line numbers
Suicide.org - Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support!
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Bring Change 2 Mind - To visit website click on logo on the left.
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Stigma is broadly defined as a collection of adverse and unfair beliefs. The stigma around mental health most often leads to the inaccurate and hurtful objectification of people as dangerous and incompetent. Both the shame and isolation associated with stigma prevent people from seeking the help necessary to live healthy and full lives. Let's help end the stigma that is attatched to mental health issues. Please visit the website, learn more, get involved and read stories of other people with mental illness and please sign the pledge to help end the stigma.
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Some forms of mental illness and disorders are listed below. Some are caused by child abuse, domestic violence and others are illnesses that occur in a person at any time of their lives and are not caused by abuse of any kind:
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Sleep Disorders:
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bullet Restless legs syndrome
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bullet Narcolepsy
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Attention deficit disorder
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
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Anxiety Disorder:
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bullet Panic Disorder
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bullet Social anxiety disorder
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bullet Specific phobias
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bullet Generalized anxiety disorder
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Bipolar Disorder
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Eating Disorders:
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bullet Anorexia nervosa
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bullet Bulimia nervosa
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bullet Binge eating disorder
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Suicidal Tendencies
Depression
Schizophrenia
Dissociation
Alzheimer's Disease
Self Injury
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Mood Disorders or Dysthymic Disorder
Psychotic disorders
Neurotic Disorder
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[Definition Of Mental Illness]
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Reference: HealthyPlace.com, Inc. - Copyright © All rights reserved.
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A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thinking, perception and behavior. If these disturbances significantly impair a person's ability to cope with life's ordinary demands and routines, then he or she should immediately seek proper treatment with a mental health professional. With the proper care and treatment, a person can recover and resume normal every day activities.
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[Mind - Body Connection]
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There should be no shame in asking for help, the shame is when we need help and cannot ask for it for fear of social outcast and abandonment.
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Our entire being depends solely upon our minds. If it weren't for our mind to send signals to our body when we are exposed to extremely hot temperatures for instance, then we could virtually disintegrate into ashes. And how could we walk, talk, eat and breathe if this magnificent brain failed to send the correct signals?
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But, indeed this same mind does have the capability to send wrong information if it is not feeling well, therefore at these times it cannot operate properly. Our bodies suffer at times with stomach ulcers, heart disease, headaches, neck and shoulder pains, partly due to the poor condition of our mental health when our minds are stressed out or otherwise ill.
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"Poor mental health" is the phrase that I choose to use because that is exactly where some of our average physical discomforts originate from. In fact we all have bouts of poor mental health during times of grief like losing a loved one, which sometimes results in poor physical health due to the stress that we are under. An argument with someone we deeply care about might cause us to become sad, lose our appetite, experience a heavy beating in our chest or cause us to have headaches and other physical pains. Think of it as a "mental viral domino effect".
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An example of how this domino effect is triggered is negative intake such as an employment rejection. This may be the third application that you've submitted, only to be rejected again. The bills are piling up while the funds are dwindling down. You're facing foreclosure on your home soon and you see no light at the end of the tunnel and chances are good that you have already fallen into a deep depression.
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This may cause fatigue, a loss of appetite and sleeping too much. Your nerves are on edge and every noise that your children make infuriates you, causing you lose your cool more quickly than you normally would.
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Your body has already begun to suffer with lack of exercise, the wrong diet and different sleeping patterns and as a result of the body feeling weaker and your deepening even further, making your body even more ill as well.
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This cycle can go on and on until you think you can't handle anymore. But, suddenly the phone rings and upon answering, you hear the voice of that forth employer with instructions of when to come to work.
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In a matter of minutes your body begins to rejuvenate with adrenaline rushing through your veins, pumping energy that you did not even have ten minutes ago. You're suddenly famished and as you slide out of your grunges and prepare to go out on the town to celebrate, the kids are even welcomed into the room to cheer for your success. What happened? You did nothing physically different but you feel so much better!
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Ah, it was your mind that got the healing power! We all experience poor mental health at different times of our lives so remember that you have nothing to be ashamed of when your mind needs a healthy dose of TLC. The shame is that we suffer alone in silence with major mental discomfort because of the stigma that has been placed on mental issues by our society.
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Why would we brand such a marvelous, important part of our body as taboo when it is ill, when we should really be nurturing this troubled mind back to health? But have no fear, there is help available for those who are suffering with confusion, and other mental discomforts and feel that there is no way out of a life in torment.
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There are ways of dealing, even when we feel at a loss. Exercise is a very good way to help ease the mental pain, along with plenty of exposure to light, aroma-therapy and adjusting your surroundings. I believe that these are the first steps that should be taken when we start to feel down and depressed.
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However, at other times our mental health is so ill that we may need professional help. We sometimes live with issues that are deeply implanted in our subconscious that we simply cannot get in contact with by ourselves. The mental health field is designed to explore the mind and help us determine what issues we may be dealing with that cause us to feel so poorly.
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A psychotherapist's job is to be our sounding board where we can voice our concerns and unload the secrets that we have had bottled up inside for years, and because our mind may even be reacting to physical issues as well. This is where our medical physician comes into play.
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Remember that our physical body and our mind are united and when one or the other is suffering (whether that is physical, mental or emotional) then it will inevitably affect the other. The stigma that is attached to mental illnesses has branded the professional, psychological community almost as weird scientists but that simply is not the case.
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Please do not wait too long if your own remedies fail to work. Our doctors are trained to help us talk out our problems; and let's face it, we all feel better when we get something off our chest and in therapy that's exactly what we do. Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed to mention your mental discomfort even to your regular physician, just as you would any physical complaints because your state of mind could very well be the cause of your physical illness or at least it could be the root of the problem.
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Remember, if we lose our right hand our mind can train our left to function quite well. But, if we lose our mind then both hands become useless!
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