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Having an invisible illness such as mental health comes with all manner of problems and stigma. I’m very lucky in the sense that I am supported by my family and friends but I often find that thought creeping into my head... ‘they just don’t get it’.What I mean by that is, even though everyone supports me, looks after me and helps me where they can...
March 5, 2018
By: Kathleen Westerhaus
Cryptic acronyms texted on our phones, new words perhaps, communicate ideas in short memorable phrases; examples include: LOL, ICYMI, DYK. I’ve come to appreciate the creativity of individuals who cleverly express phrases on their vehicle’s license plates. The trick is to convey the idea in less than seven letters or numbers -- at least on license...
February 28, 2018
By: John Poehler
It is interesting to note that the prevalence and type of bipolar disorder related to men’s health is gender specific.The DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) provides some startling statistics:The incidence of bipolar disorder is the same in both men and womenMen experience rapid cycling three times as much as womenMen are more likely...
February 27, 2018
By: Brandon L. Lowe CCSI, MS, LPC, LCAS, MAC, CSOTP
My name is Brandon Lowe, I’m a therapist and owner of a mental health agency (Knew Era Consulting PLLC) in Winston Salem, NC. I have experience spanning over 11 years in the field of psychology and therapy. I currently hold state licensures in the state of North Carolina as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and a LCAS CCS-I...
February 26, 2018
By: Lori Lane-Murphy
I hate seeing my beloved struggling. He has severe depression that, thankfully, has been managed quite well for the past several years. Like many of us, he still has some days that are a little darker than he’d like, but nothing he can’t handle.Yesterday, I received a call while he was out running errands.“I’m just not doing well. I’m coming home...
February 26, 2018
Lori Lane-Murphy is a comedic storyteller with a passion for mental health advocacy, particularly stigma reduction. Her goal in life is to show people that living with mental illness is no different than any other physical illness.Having grown up in a house with the happiest depressed guy ever, her dad, Lori found a way to live with her own...
February 20, 2018
By: Emily McGuigan
My journey with food has been a long and exhausting eight year cycle of self-destruction. In those eight years, a mental and physical war broke out against myself, with myself. As someone who already suffers from mental illness, I have unintentionally used eating as a weapon of self harm. An eating disorder is a private battle; I have learned...
February 16, 2018
By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT
Relationships can be full of ups, downs, stress, excitement, and everything in between. From family relationships that have been lifelong, to platonic friendships that withstand the test of time, to romantic relationships that take us to a new level of emotional intimacy, relationships require above all an awareness of self and the other person....