August 25, 2010 and ongoing, by Paul Evans
Visit NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This is the premier connection on the web to get help and access resources. As someone who suffered from mental illness all my adult life, getting better only in recent years, I wish so much that I had accessed NAMI and the support it can provide, when I was much younger. If you think you might be suffering from a mental condition, or if you are the parent of a child who may be mentally ill, PLEASE visit this website. One sixth of Americans at some time during their lifetimes are clinically depressed so that they need medication to overcome it. There is no shame in mental illness any more than there is shame in breast cancer. These are organic and generally genetic conditions. NO, you are in NO WAY inferior if you suspect you are mentally ill. Don't let anyone tell you that, and don't you dare think it. Seek help with NAMI! You'll be so glad you did. You know and I know that there is a lot of craziness out there on the street. Only about one half of mentally ill people in the United States are getting any real help. Help yourself. Visit NAMI. What can it hurt to explore? Isn't it better than suffering alone?
More Mental Health Resources:
See Five Things Psychotherapists Shouldn't Do, Politics Daily "Woman Up", August 25, 2010, by Delia Lloyd, excerpt quoted verbatim:
For Your Information, the Five Things Psychotherapists should NEVER Do Are:
Admit that they are impressed or intimidated by you. Tell you about their
own problems. Give it less than their all. Embrace or otherwise touch you.
Sleep with you. Obviously. Visit MentalHealth.com
an excellent non-profit resource. They have a huge collection of internet links
to many resources.
Visit SAMHSA's FRIEND, where you can chat with mentally ill people, and the friends and family of those who are mentally ill. You don't have to be alone!!
Visit Mental Help.net. Be sure to make use of Psych Central's Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online, which is the oldest collection of information and resources on the internet. You can find a therapist with the click of a mouse simply by entering your ZIP code. But, more than that, PsychCentral is a HUGE collection of resources and articles.
The Pharmaceutical company Eli Lillly has an excellent program for those who suffer with depression called Support Partners. Visit NAMI's Suppport and Programs page. Here you can find easy access to state and local resources.
Watch NAMI Connection: All About The Program, YouTube video - 9:25.
Visit the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group. In Ohio: The Summit County Mental Health and Recovery Board has an excellent collection of LINKS to information and resources.
Visit the National Institute for Mental Health Health Topics page. Visit the Real Warriors Campaign, which offers help for veterans returning home from fighting in wars oversees, and veterans in general.
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A Word About Medications: My particular area of expertise, such as it is, in terms of medication, lies in the area of schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, because at various times in my life, I have been diagnosed as having these conditions and treated with psychiatric medicines for them. The first thing to realize in taking psychiatric medications is that there is absolutely no shame in it, and you are doing yourself and your family and friends a huge favor to get yourself treated and on a working medication. It might just save your life.
The second thing to realize, if you are now on a medicine and you don't think it's working right: DON'T stop taking your medication. From personal experience, I can tell you, this will only lead to grief. But the fact is, for any given condition, there are dozens of different medications and finding the one that works the best for you is basically a trial and error sort of project that can sometimes take months or years. You MUST work with your doctor to keep trying different medications until you find a medicine, or a mix of medicines, that works for you.