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The Path to Wellness is Not Meant to be a Solitary Journey.
Information, Inspiration, Encouragement, & Hope found here. exists to provide information, encouragement, help and resources to anyone who would like to know more about mental illness.

According to the NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) website, one in four US adults with face a mental illness annually.

If you are an individual with a mental illness, building the right support network is very important.

If you think you might have a psychiatric condition, call your local mental health center. This is probably the first step toward building that important support system. The mental health system in the US is not perfect, but we have come a long way from those early years.

Unfortunately, your first experience with the mental health system may be an involuntary hospitalization. This can be a very traumatic event. Usually the police and the legal system are involved. My first hospitalization was involuntary and it was scary and confusing.

In these cases, an attorney is appointed to you (if you desire one). The judge reviews the case and makes a ruling. At this hearing, the judge will decide to whether to commit you and also will decide the conditions of your discharge from the hospital.

Many times this includes a requirement for you to adhere to a treatment plan and keep outpatient psychiatrist and psychotherapy appointments for a certain length of time. 

New consumers of mental health services often face a season of trial and error in their treatment. In the early stages of treatment, relapses, re-hospitalizations, and medication changes are common.  

If you happen to be going through this stage, my admonishment to you is to not give up hope. You might get a little worse before you start feeling a little improvement. Hang in there and be honest with your treatment team about your thoughts and feelings. 

In most cases, your illness didn’t manifest overnight. Often it has developed over time. In the same way, your expectations about recovery need to be realistic.

While medication may be an important component of your treatment, you can’t just take a pill and expect your condition to be cured. Recovery involves much, much more than that.

Learning (or relearning) how to take care of yourself is important, as well as becoming educated about stress reduction and relaxation techniques and coping skills.

For me, recovery is a constant process. The path to wellness is an ongoing, active journey, not a destination.

It is my goal for this website to be a source of inspiration, encouragement and most importantly, hope to visitors.

Many times in my own struggle with mental illness, I have wished someone could have “mentored” me. But that didn't happen. Many times people struggle alone. That feeling of isolation-that feeling that no one else has ever struggled with what you struggle with-can be quite devastating.

The truth is this:

It is my prayer that you will allow me, through this website, to come alongside you in your journey.

I am a real person and you can read about me and/or contact me.

Thank you for visiting today. My vision is for this website to become a thriving community of people at all different stages of recovery who have a desire to contribute and mentor others so that no one else has to feel like they are alone in their illness.

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Involuntary Commitment - The Basis of Mental Health Assessments, Laws of the United States, How to Seek Help When Recognizing Illness in Others, and The Evaluation Process.
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Coping Skills for Mental Illness
This page discusses coping skills: Medication/Relaxation, Setting Aside Time For Yourself, Exercising, Reading, Assertiveness Skills, and Anger Management Skills.
Advanced Coping Skills for Mental Illness
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Sleep Hygiene
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Anger Management Skills
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Relaxation Techniques For Mental Health
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Cognitive Restructuring for Anger Managment
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Breathing Exercises for Stress Reduction
This page discusses some breathing exercises for stress reduction and relaxation.
Journaling For Mental Illness Recovery
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Define Emotional Support
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Natural Depression Treatment - Ways You can Alleviate Your Depression Naturally
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Theories of Psychotherapy
This page discusses the myriad of Theories of Psychotherapy used in the treatment of Mental Illness
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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Group Therapy
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Dealing With Loss
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Types of Depression
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This page discusses Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety symptoms, causes for anxiety, and some anxiety treatments.
Panic Attack - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
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OCD - What is it and how does it manifest itself?
OCD - This page discusses what it is and how it manifests itself in a person's mind and behavior.
Dealing With Schizophrenia
Dealing with Schizophrenia in the United States.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Personality Disorders
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Drug Addiction And Some Ways of Treating It.
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PTSD - What is it? What are some signs and symptoms? What about Veterans? What are some Tests? What are some Treatment types and options?
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