Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Guest post by Jana Price It is very common for those who struggle with substance abuse to also struggle with an additional mental illness or disorder. One of the more common dual diagnoses with Substance Abuse is Bipolar Disorder.  More than half of those seeking treatment for Bipolar Disorder are also in treatment for substance … More Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

How to Embrace the Hard Work of Self-Care

We are in an age where self-care is cool and hard work, hard stuff is neither passionate, nor cool. Self-care is about setting boundaries that prioritize good health alongside time for employment, family relationships, “maintenance” of of our homes and possessions (which is another word for the ever-unpopular and uncool daily or weekly chores). For … More How to Embrace the Hard Work of Self-Care

Mental Health is About What Makes You Feel Alive

“For me, mental health is not medical. Reducing my mental health to what’s happening with my brain chemistry doesn’t really help me. Mental health is about doing what feels alive rather than maintaining my brain chemistry.” To read more of the article, Mental Illness Cannot Be Treated with Just a Pill,” click on photo. Photo … More Mental Health is About What Makes You Feel Alive

When We Fear Others Because of Their Mental Illness, We Fear a Part of Ourselves

Where we reject those who suffer, we also reject a part of ourselves and our humanity recedes one more step. Where we honor those in need, we use the power that we have to help ourselves and humanity to move towards a better way.  If you (or your son or daughter or parent) were living … More When We Fear Others Because of Their Mental Illness, We Fear a Part of Ourselves

Depression and How to Change Your Brain

Taking medication will change brain chemistry, but this is not enough. Brain chemistry alone will not bring on recovery from depression. It takes an overall approach that will harness the power of our relationships and well-being. For the rest of the article, “This One Factor Will Improve Our Recovery from Depression” click on the photo. Photo … More Depression and How to Change Your Brain