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This Week in News You Can Use
Talk So Doc Will Listen
No matter what type of doctor you see, he or she probably runs on a super-tight schedule that can leave you feeling rushed, not listened to, or not able to get through everything you wanted to talk about. An attending physician at Bellevue Hospital offers strategies and decodes "what you say" vs "what doctor hears and thinks" in We Asked a Doctor How to Talk So They Will Listen. Image courtesy of Dmitriy Shironosov/123RF.com
Understanding Psychosomatic Symptoms
When neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan was assigned to provide treatment to patients whose epilepsy was not improving, she discovered that many of them experienced psychosomatic symptoms. Is This Why You Feel Awful Even If Your Doctor Says Nothing's Wrong? is a short Q&A to help us better understand psychosomatic disorders and their implications.
Self-Care in Codependency
Self-care is important for everyone, but it's especially important - and probably more of a struggle - for people with codependency traits. Sharon Martin, LCSW and author, shares insights and three self-reflection exercises to help understand 3 Reasons Codependents Struggle with Self-Care.
Know the Facts to Break Stigma
As more people speak out about living with mental illness, conditions like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are finding a healthy place in public conversation. But misconceptions still exist, and they perpetuate the stigma surrounding these all-too-common illnesses. Good news: Learning the facts can help. This slide show, 22 Common Mental Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing, is worth a watch...and worth passing along!
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If you want to understand what someone with a mental illness is thinking and feeling, or if you think you're experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, click through to these easy-to-read, printable and shareable infographics. They explain what people say each disorder feels like, facts and figures related to the illness, and strategies for recovery.
St. Louis Area BRIDGES Support Groups
- CenterPointe - 4905 Mexico Rd., St. Peters - Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30
- Harvester House - 41 David St., St. Charles - Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00
BRIDGES is a peer-to-peer program focused on recovery, meaning all participants face the challenges and celebrate the triumphs of living with a mental illness.
Click here for a BRIDGES flyer or call Ramona at 314-773-1399.
When it comes to cancer, heart conditions or diabetes, we don't wait until someone is gravely ill to start treatment. We start as soon as they are diagnosed -- before they reach a crisis Stage 4 level. With many diseases, we actually start before the treatment phase...we begin with education, prevention and early detection. And if a disease takes hold, we immediately work to reverse it. So why don't we do the same for someone who is dealing with a potentially serious mental illness? See what MHA is doing to change the way all of us think about mental illness in in Why B4Stage4? and B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health.