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COPING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER DURING A PANDEMIC AND BEYOND.

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic-depressive illness, is a severe mental health condition that causes extremely high and low changes In the mood and behavior of an individual. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (N.I.M.H), roughly 2.8% of Adult Americans were diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, and about 4.4% will experience it at …

Black, Racism, PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an Anxiety Disorder that usually develops after an individual has been involved in one or more terrifying events in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.  What Can Cause This? The trauma may involve someone’s death or a threat to someone else’s life, serious injury, or a threat …

Social Distancing for the Social Animal

Even if you consider yourself an introvert, from birth until death, our need for physical contact remains constant. If the past few weeks under social distancing guidelines have left you feeling as if you’re running out of oxygen, know that you are not alone. It’s normal to feel panic in a situation that is not …

Therapy in your Pajamas? The Pros and Cons of Telehealth

These days we can do almost anything online, from shopping, taking online courses, booking vacations, and even dating. Now even finding and seeing a mental health provider is just as easy. Telehealth or Telemedicine refers to traditional clinical diagnosis and monitoring that is delivered by technology. Providers have been using telehealth platforms as a means …

Dealing With Loss of Employment Due to COVID-19

Last month, unemployment insurance claims in the US soared past three million, a record-breaking number which far surpasses previous highs. This number shatters the Great Recession crest of 665,000 of March 2009 and has developed into a pandemic of unemployment. There are few places hiring right now, so your chances of getting another job at …

Remaining Compliant With Medications During the Pandemic

With quarantine orders in place and things like toilet paper becoming scarce, if you are taking prescribed medications, you may want to take extra precautions to make sure you have the supply you need — especially if you’re part of a vulnerable population. Here are some tips on ways to remain compliant with prescribed medications. …

Common Reactions to Distress in Children

It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to disasters and traumatic events. Below are some common reactions to distress seen in children. The common reactions to distress will fade over time for most children. Children who were directly exposed to a disaster can become upset again; behaviors related to the event may …

Surviving Quarantine

Social distancing plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This doesn’t mean that coping with the disruption in your normal routine will be easy. Previously existing mental health conditions, including depressive and anxiety disorders, can also impact an individual’s ability to cope with isolation. Here are five ways to cope with being …

Five Ways to Help Children Cope with COVID-19

Children may respond to stress in different ways including regressing from previous milestones or becoming more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated,  and even bedwetting. Here are five ways to help them navigate COVID-19. Manage your own anxieties– Children pick up on the emotions of the adults around them even when they try to hide …

Myths and Facts About Mental Health

Your mental health impacts how you think, feel and carry on in day-by-day life. It likewise influences your capacity to adapt to pressure, beat difficulties, construct connections, and recuperate from life’s misfortunes and hardships.Stable mental health is not only the absence of mental health issues. Being mentally or genuinely healthy is significantly more important than …