Mental Illness Awareness Week

The following are some of the various topics pertaining to this all-important week:

ADHD
Anger Management
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Central Nervous System
Cognition Difficulties
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Coping Mechanisms
Creativity
Depression
Emotions
Family Violence
Fear
Grief
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Menopause
Metabolic Disorders
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Negative Personality/Attitude
Neuroscience
Neurotransmitters
Panic Attacks
Phobias
Positive Personality/Attitude
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Prescribed Medication
Psychopathy
Psychotherapy
Relaxation
Schizophrenia
Shame
Sleep
Spirituality
Stress Management
Strengths
Substance Abuse
Synaesthesia
Therapy
Weaknesses
Weight Gain

Do your part to destigmatize mental health conditions.

 

Vikki

 

On Time Management, A Spiritual Message

The day will come when all of us will reflect on our lives.  As is the case, most reflections are performed brutally honest.  The following are important issues to consider:

  • Did we engage in the practice of lifting up others, or did we tear them down?
  • Will our nickname be called Peacemaker, or Instigator–always searching for problems to ignite?
  • Will we have the ability to describe ourselves long-tempered/even-tempered, or as individuals who should have entered anger management therapy long ago?
  • Are we positive role models worth emulating, or something else entirely?
  • In conflicts, and where appropriate, did we offer kindness (i.e., humor/ignoring/remaining silent) to defuse unpleasant situations, or were we always at the ready to argue, swing a punch?
  • Did we harbor intelligence, or a limited mind based upon disparaging comments spewed at others (and about others) on a regular basis?
  • Were we inclusive because we like people, or engage in anti-semitism, bigotry, prejudice, racism, homophobia predicated on self-hatred?
  • Did our attitudes and behaviors bring good people around us, or did good people run/scatter/perform u-turns to escape from us because of our foul attitudes and behaviors?
  • Did envy and a jealous nature live beneath us, or will these attributes have front-row chairs in our hearts and minds?
  • Shall we have understood that life pertained to long-term self-improvement, or utter such nonsense that we are examples of perfection itself?
  • Will we say that love, compassion for others have been the hallmark of our lives, or that we lived a life of selfishness?  Can we say we were spending our lives making numerous attempts to become people our Heavenly Father can be proud of?

May everyone have peace, happiness, love, an abundance of life, and positive reflection on that special day.

 

Vikki

 

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is Vital When the Patient is On a Drug Therapy Regimen

In too many instances, a therapist will write out prescriptions for their patient with a sentiment of, “Now off you go.”

As a business practice, that is not healing the whole person.  The individual also requires Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a hybrid treatment approach to learn new thinking skills/keep them on track to foster –

  • Even though they have a mental health issue, they are not a mental health issue;
  • Gain clarity;
  • Elevate self-esteem;
  • Continue with interests, hobbies, activities.  Life;
  • They are a good person;
  • Remove aloneness–they are not the only one experiencing a mental health difficulty;
  • Maintain/begin nutritional diet and exercise routine;
  • Continue goal pursuits;
  • Difficulties can nurture emotional and mental strength, and
  • Becoming mentally proactive in handling life challenges.

 

Vikki

 

Hatred: A False Teacher

The curriculum includes:

  • Anti-semitism
  • Bigotry
  • Black-on-Black crime, violence
  • Conflicts within communities
  • Conflicts w/external communities
  • Domestic abuse, in all the various forms
  • Homophobia
  • Misogyny
  • Natural disrespect towards authority
  • Physical altercations
  • Prejudice
  • Racial arsonists, opportunists
  • Racism
  • Terrorism
  • Wars between/amongst countries, regions
  • Wars within countries, regions
  • Xenophobia

When we consider the destructive attitudes and behaviors promoted from hatred, the latter should become viewed a type of mental illness, and a dangerous one.

Those who openly espouse said mindset need to be looked upon with suspect and called out by name to protect society.

 

Vikki