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What is the difference between being sad and being depressed? America and Theresa discuss the warning signs when your sadness crosses over to depression. They also give some advice on what you could do if you are in these unhappy states, how they deal with their personal bouts of sadness and how you could attempt to turn it around.
On this episode we talk about the internal question many struggle with about their mental illness: why me? Negative thoughts can be destructive because mental illnesses happen for countless reasons so sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint an answer. You have to come to terms with it, understand and accept it and allow yourself to feel it so seek help and get support.
It’s a scary topic for a lot of people but it’s a necessary conversation to have for Theresa and America. There is a difference between thoughts of death and contemplating suicide; it’s vital to find that line that separates the two. Theresa finds comfort in being open about her thoughts on death and why they suggest checking in with someone is important.
Theresa is joined once again by Kelly Davis to chat about cognitive distortions or as they put it: "stopping stupid thoughts." They both share their personal familiarity with thoughts that are personally damaging and ways in which they’ve tried to improve on their process when those feelings occur. Recognizing the patterns is important but it’s not easy, it’s definitely a process.
This show topic is for those who are seeking help and how you might want to take that next step. Theresa and America discuss what that journey might look like and how every case is unique. They lay out a few different approaches to getting help on your own like self-care pieces, monitoring diet/exercise and how they affect your mood and ways to work through your emotional and environmental triggers.
America returns with Theresa to have a conversation about what people might mean when they say something like “I destroy everything.” The “destroying” action could be about coping skills or the act of lashing out but there are other ways of getting that release. They discuss their personal experiences with self-destruction and ways to attempt to curb that “rage monster.”
On this episode Theresa is joined by Kelly Davis, a member of the Peer Support & Peer Advocacy Department, to discuss the popular comment – “I Hate Myself.” They talk about where that comment stems from, the shame that follows those thoughts and their personal experiences with that feeling of hating themselves. They both give examples of how they’ve worked to get better by differentiating which voice is which, getting to know the pathways of the brain plus why trying to change is a brave action.
There is a connection between people that may use drugs and mental illness and also how mental illness may be impacted by the use of drugs; we talk about all that on this episode. The conversation is about some people’s state of mind and how they try to make themselves feel better by self-medicating. If and when you begin to see signs of a problem some of the most important steps are recognizing them and trying to accept them.
Mental Illness can take its toll on a person and some are looking for when it will ever stop, it's definitely not easy but it doesn’t have to last forever. For those that feel like their mental illness will never end America and Theresa offer some advice and explain that there is always an opportunity to get better. They talk about ways to find support, why there is no quick fix and the positive aspects of just accepting your "junk."
On today’s show, Theresa and America talk about how to approach the topic of your mental health problems with others and the importance of not feeling alone. Choosing who you talk to is key and finding out what you need is dependent on who you talk to. They also discuss how to prepare yourself for that conversation, some advice on how to have that talk but emphasize how finding support is vital on the road to getting better.
Once someone realizes something is going on inside of them that is outside of their “normal”, what’s next? Theresa and America go over some possibilities to help you get to that next stage of making the choice of trying to get better. Who can you talk to...Friends? Family? A Therapist? Whatever decision is made you ultimately have to choose you every day.
We discuss an article that was written for the website about the popular question people often ask: “Am I Crazy?” We explain what that evens means, why people might google that phrase and if that’s a normal feeling to have. We talk about mental health problems, signs of reoccurring issues and we try to give our best answer to the question.
Join Mental Health America members America Paredes (Associate Vice President of Partnerships & Community Outreach) and Theresa Nguyen (Vice President of Policy and Programs) for our premiere episode of the “In The Open” Podcast. They give a brief overview of the organization and describe what they try to accomplish with their work. We get to know the co-hosts as they share a little bit about themselves and how they both got involved with MHA.