Posts Tagged ‘bipolar disorder’

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Depression, Prevalence, Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

As of 2017, the  World Health Organization lists depression as the top cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

 Just a few years ago, it was number four on the list.

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Book Review: Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness by Kathy Brandt and Max Maddox

Mend a broken heartI love this book. The co-authors seamlessly intertwine a full spectrum of education and complex issues associated with living with and the treatment of bipolar 1 disorder within the story of their true emotional and personal lived experiences.

It’s an important work. It contributes to the conversation about the reality of the existence of mental illness, the deplorable lack of  available adequate professional treatment, and the skewed social policies and civil rights laws surrounding the care of those with mental illness in the United States.

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Positive Mental Health: Heidi Koss: Yup, Its Me: the Face of Bipolar Disorder

Yup, It’s Me: The Face of Bipolar

Today I am humbled to share a guest post from Heidi Koss, LMHCA.

Many of you know Heidi Koss from her professional persona. She was  featured on this blog in April, 2013. She runs a busy psychotherapy practice in Washington state and is an activist in the area of Maternal Mental Health. She has volunteered for Postpartum Support International for sixteen years and is the Postpartum SUpport International Washington State Coordinator. Her passion for helping others is rooted in her own personal experiences with perinatal mood disorders. 

I invite you to read her moving personal story.

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Guest Post: When I Realized I Needed to Follow a Treatment Plan by Jennifer Killi Marshall

Guest Post: Today I am pleased to have Jennifer Killi Marshall of Bipolar Mom Life guest posting here today. Her article today is about what is was like for her to become an active participant in managing her well-being and what point she realized that self-care is not just a worn-out concept. Hers is an important story about coping and thriving as a mom with bipolar disorder.  

I love Jennifer’s story.  Because, as a therapist, I always wonder how to reach people, to help them come to the realization that their mental health is valuable and that they are important. Important to their families, to themselves. I’ll let Jennifer

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