What To Do When You Suspect a Loved One Is Mentally Ill

Walter Winchell, American newspaper columnist, once said, “A real friend is the one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” This truth is never more evident than in the case of mental illness. Unfortunately, mental illness can come between friends- especially when a response or action on the part of one…

The Holiday Let-Down

The Holidays are over for 2015 and the New Year is in full swing. And, although the holidays can be difficult, most people experience some sort of disappointment now that routines are “back to normal.” Why is that? First, with special events/holidays come expectations. Our culture (generally through the media) portrays holidays as magical and…

‘Tis the Season….for Family Drama

Family drama….we all have it. Unfortunately, the holiday season seems to make it worse. Often, you and your troublesome loved one want the same thing- a satisfying relationship. However, there are times that we simply disagree. What can we do about it? 1. Be honest with one another. “Giving in” and agreeing to do something…

Grief and the Holidays

Look around you- holiday shopping, events, and celebrations are in full swing. Unfortunately, not everyone finds the holidays to be a joyous time of year. For many, this is the first holiday without a loved one. The grief can be overwhelming and feelings of loneliness can seem enormous . If someone you love is grieving,…

Demystifying Mental Health Provider Nomenclature

Welcome to the second edition of my blog. Thank you for allowing me to occupy a piece of the real estate in your inbox! For this second post, I’d like to provide a little information about the various providers of mental health services. Let’s examine the different types of providers. There are psychiatrists, therapists, counselors,…

Mental Illness- The Numbers

Welcome to my first blog post. Thank you for allowing me to occupy a piece of the real estate in your inbox! Feel free to share my blog with your family and friends. For this first post, I’d like to provide a little information about the prevalence of mental illness. According to the National Institute…