Healthy Minds

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that, “There is no health without Mental Health”. That’s true. Did you know that the typical lifespan of adults with serious mental illness is about 53 years old? Add substance abuse to that and that person on average will live to about 48. So that’s the bad news. The good news is that there are so many things that you can do to help yourself and help family members and you can start right now! It’s important to understand what you’re dealing with, and then have a plan for action. In this area, we have basic information about common mental health issues. We always encourage anyone who is in crisis now to dial 9-1-1. We also encourage individuals and family members to seek mental health help in your area.

Years of dealing with issues ourselves have led us to seek some of the most scientifically proven techniques and methods that can help on an everyday basis. Even things that aren’t quite so scientific… like exercise (it really helps!), and Transcendental Meditation (scientifically proven to help relieve stress!) as well as dietary suggestions in our healthy bodies section. Again, we aren’t Doctors. Some people respond very well to medications, and it’s important to seek professional help. Our goal is to provide some education and some inspiration to get on the path, as our friends at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health say, to “Hope, Wellness and Recovery!”

There is help. There is hope. We have been there… we know.

Use some of this to inform yourself on various mental health issues, however it is no substitute for seeing a mental health professional and working with them to diagnose and make a plan for your mental health.

*Click here to hear our radio show about mental health.

Are you looking for help? Check out our resources page.

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Healthy Minds

How Your Recovery Can Bloom and Grow

We’d like to welcome  Cathy Taughinbaugh, a Life and Recovery Coach and Founder of Treatment Talk, as our new guest blogger.  We’ve been following her great work and know our readers will benefit from her experience with her own family and others in guiding people through recovery.   Sometimes it’s necessary to reteach a thing its [...]

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Anatomy Of A Panic Attack

GUEST POST – A Psych Student Has A Panic Attack By Justin Matheson Just last year, I finally got around to taking a full course in abnormal psychology. I’m working towards an academic career in psychiatry, so it seems like a good idea, right? I remember when we covered panic disorder thinking, “Huh, that sounds [...]

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Our Newest Guest Blogger on Anxiety, Social Phobias and Panic Disorders: Justin Matheson

Please welcome our newest guest blogger Justin Matheson.  His honest stories about his struggles with anxiety, social phobia and panic disorder and the ways he has overcome them caught our attention.  He is now studying to be a professor of psychiatry in college.  We have a complete Bio at the end of this post. We warmly [...]

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Welcome Our New Guest Blogger ~ Maricela, As She Shares Her Experiences With Bipolar and Meeting Britney Spears…

Maricela came onto our  Free Your Mind Radio Show and she impressed us so much with her past experiences with Bipolar Disorder and how she deals with her challenges and is leading the way for herself and others with her own successful recovery. She lives a very happy life now helping others that were in her shoes.  She [...]

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Bath Salts, Cannibals and Zombies…

Over a year ago we wrote the post below on the increasing number of incidents concerning bath salts (see below).  Now it’s just getting worse.  As of this post there have been about 4 cases of Cannibalism and many more suicides and psychotic episodes occurring all over the country.   Many people who are apprehended [...]

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Dealing with Depression, Alcohol, Jail and other issues on the Free Your Mind Radio Show…. Counselor Sherry Gaba talks about co-occurring disorders, Judge Steven Manley and Dr. Nancy Pena talk about teaming up and making a very positive impact in Santa Clara County with Prop. 63 funding and saving taxpayer’s money!

In our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment with Jennifer Whitney, Judge Steven Manley, Santa Clara County Superior Court and Dr. Nancy Pena, Mental Health Director Santa Clara County, have made a real positive impact by working closely together to stop the cycle of incarcerations for the mentally ill.   We also feature the [...]

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Three Top Life Wasting Behaviors

We all have behaviors that we use to deal with issues in our lives that are not constructive, rather they are ultimately destructive. However, because the behavior we choose is meeting some immediate need we continue to use them. These behaviors may be in the form of addictions such as a drug or alcohol addiction [...]

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Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Do you often feel driven to make grandiose plans, and pursue them relentlessly? And, do weeks go by when you just can’t get out of bed? If you find that these contrasting moods predominate your life, please read over this description of common bipolar disorder symptoms: it may help you to determine whether to talk [...]

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Bipolar Cures

Dr. Descartes Li, M.D by Descartes Li, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Bipolar Disorder Program; Co-director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Service, at UCSF A lot of people ask me about “cures” for bipolar disorder. I often have mixed feelings about this question. We don’t have any cure for bipolar disorder yet, but we do have a [...]

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Causes of Bipolar Disorder

If you or a loved one lives with bipolar disorder, you may wonder what caused the illness to begin. This question is both interesting and important, as the answers can help with managing symptoms and planning a family. Doctors generally accept that bipolar disorder is caused by a mix of interacting genetic defects and stressors [...]

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