Archive for May 21, 2013

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Mental Health

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome back to this new series ~all about your health!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people have mental health issues and deal with everything from seasonal affective disorder to bipolar or schizophrenia. Mental illness is no different from any other health concern. Just like having a lump in your breast or a sinus infection, you need to take care of it. And since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I’m going to educate you just a little bit about this subject. It’s not something you need to be afraid of. You’ll see why.

Please keep the people of Oklahoma in your thoughts and prayers after yesterday’s horrific tornado.

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Mental illness affects about 25 percent of the population. Physician Jeffery Rediger of Harvard University indicates “Mental illnesses are treatable, and often more fixable than people realize. For a discipline that is not much more than one hundred years old, it’s surprising how effective many treatments are, and how much better a person can feel when they have the professional assistance that helps them solve problems, decrease stress, and feel supported.”

When asked what the biggest misconception the public has with mental illness  Dr. Rediger said this, “That an illness involving the brain is any different from any other kind of illness. People too often still feel judged if they struggle with their mental health. Psychotherapist Tina Tessina added, “Only a very small percentage of mentally ill people pose a danger to others. Slightly more are dangerous to themselves (suicidal, neglecting health care and hygiene, manic, or apt to endanger themselves because they’re not attuned to their surroundings). Most mentally ill people are not as dramatic or visible as most people think.

Personally, I know someone with schizophrenia and another with mild bipolar — they have just the depression not the mania (high) associated with the most serious form of the illness. Both individuals are well-adjusted and live normal lives and they work. I had no idea either one had an illness. I think it just our own fear about something we know nothing about that frightens us. You can learn more at the link below.

Link to find out more about mental health:

http://causes.msn.com/mental_health_month_2013/?section=gallerylong_4#section=gallerylong_4

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