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3 Schizophrenia Treatment Tactics for Mental Health Awareness Month 2015

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I wanted to focus on an overview of schizophrenia treatment and recovery. In a lot of ways, things have changed since I was first diagnosed in 1987. Yet in some ways things are the same. Research your treatment o...

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5 Thoughts on Schizophrenia Recovery at Mid Life

This month I turned 50. This was taken two weeks before my birthday. I treated myself to a makeup lesson to celebrate. In our older years the motto should be: “Have more fun!” I want to revisit schizophrenia recovery at mid life because it should be ...

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4 Thoughts on Schizophrenia and Trauma

This month I’m focusing on Schizophrenia and trauma. Here are some key things to consider: Early childhood experiences can be traumatic. Yes. I experienced childhood trauma. The neighborhood kids bullied me. My mother was verbally abusive toward me. ...

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6 Succession Planning Strategies for Family Members

The burden falls on me to settle my parents’ affairs even though I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 22. My father is 80 and my mother is 77. Too often, individuals who were diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1970s and 1980s were shunted i...

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4 Techniques for Self-Care

I have a job as a librarian in a public library and I’m a magnet for troubled individuals that tell me their life stories. It can be hard to bear witness to pain whether it’s yours, a loved one’s, or someone else’s. Creating self-care rituals is one ...

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5 Techniques for Overcoming Isolation

Isolation is a common symptom of mental illness. Here are simple ways to manage getting out in public.

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7 Benefits of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

In February, the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC-not funded by drug companies) hired Health Management Associates (HMA) to examine and report on cost findings in seven jurisdictions that use Assisted-Outpatient Treatment (AOT). The study also noted an...

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5 Strategies for Coping With Hard Times

I’ve lived in recovery for 28 years now. I’ve learned many things I wish my younger self knew when I was just starting out. It’s because I’ve decided to live my life left of the dial (with things in balance on an even keel, like I wrote about in my m...

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Nutrition Information for Schizophrenia Patients

We can use food as fuel. Our bodies are workhorses that can help us accomplish our goals. Along with developing a fitness routine, creating a healthy eating plan can help us stay mentally fit as well as physically fit. Six Nutrition Pointers to Consi...

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The Triangle of Mental Health

As a mental health activist, I’ve developed a three-cornered approach to helping individuals newly-diagnosed with schizophrenia. I call this “The Triangle of Mental Health.” It’s comprised of these three approaches. Appropriate Medication Upwards of ...