Mental Health Coping Strategies

mental healthThere is a range of strategies that you may find helpful in dealing with mental health disorders.

Tips:

1) Use self-talk.

2) Think positively.

3) Get more sleep.

4) Initiate positive social contact

5) Journaling

6) Seeking professional help if things get too intense.

There are other things that you can do to help deal with mental health, all you have to do is find the activity that helps you.  Every person is different and it is not a one size fits all type of situation.  For some it could be writing or drawing, listening to music, just make sure you find something that you enjoy.

Remember there are professionals out there that can help with any mental health issue.  You can contact me at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com for more information.

Goals Vs. Resolutions

Hapgoals-1py New Years Everyone…I hope that on the second day of 2017 everyone is doing awesome.  Every year we hear about resolutions.  Some people set their resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, go back to school, etc. #goals  #2017ismyyear

 

My resolution is not to make any.  I know myself well enough that I will never keep it and end up feeling down in the dumps in a couple of weeks.  So this year I am going to set goals.  First, let’s define what is a resolution and a goal.  According to dictionary.com a goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; the terminal point in a race. A resolution is the formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course, of action, method, procedure, etc.; a resolve, a decision or determination; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute, firmness of purpose; the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts.

 

So I am making goals and not resolutions for both my personal life and my professional life.  I am going to set a goal and then break it up into steps that are easily obtainable.

 

For my personal goal I would like to become healthier, watch what I eat, move more each day, take medications as prescribed.  For my professional goal I would like to have 20 clients a week. I will market more each week, blog more, post more on Facebook.

 

In order to set a goal you have to consider what you want to achieve and then commit to it.  It needs to be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals that motivate you and make sure you write them down in order to make them feel tangible.  Then you plan the steps you must take to realize your goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.

 

If you want to know more about setting goals you can Google it or contact someone that is knowledgeable about goal setting.

 

If you or someone you know needs help with setting goals or finding your life’s purpose please contact me at 517-894-4416 or email me at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com.

2016 — A Year in Review

2016 has been quite the roller coaster both personally and professionally.

Professionally:  It is amazing that I have been in business for almost two years now.  Last year at this time, I mention my plans for 2016 for the business, and I have attempted most of them.  I wanted to start groups and that really didn’t happen.

Personally: My mom had another surgery, my marriage quit, and I lost a job that I loved for a month with no idea of what to do next.  But this is making me know one thing I am determined to make it happen for me personally.  I will get through my personal trials and use my experience to help my clients by sharing my story of determination and triumph.

As usual if you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues please contact a professional.  You can call me at 517-894-4416 or email me at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com…

Are antipsychotic drugs safe?

As with any medications, antipsychotic drugs have side effects. Here are some tips to help you navigate this aspect of medication:

 

1) Know the Risks

Conduct thorough research to understand the risks of your medication.  Consult more than one source to gain the most complete information. If you have questions or concerns about possible side effects of your medication, your doctor immediately.

 

2) Don’t Be Afraid

No two people are the same in their response to medications. If your friend has had a reaction to their medication that doesn’t mean that you will also have the same reaction.

 

3) Explore The Alternatives

In some cases, counseling, can be more effective than medications. Speak with your doctor about natural alternatives.

Mental Illness and Suicide

Mental health studies conclude that people with poor mental health are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide. Every year in the United States, more than 36,000 individuals die by suicide while hundreds of thousands more attempt it. More often than not, these occurrences are due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Here are some tips for dealing with suicidal thoughts:

 

1) Know that there is always help. Seek the help of a counselor or call a suicide help-line.  Death is not the answer and will not solve your problems. There is hope for you.

 

2) Always take your medication. Individuals who are prescribed antipsychotic medications should under no circumstances stop their medication unless otherwise directed by a physician.

 

If you know someone that is thinking about suicide please encourage them to seek help.  They may think that their life will get better, but they don’t realize that the ones they leave behind have to deal with the affects of it.  You can contact me at darlacarmonyllpc@gmail.com for more information.  There is hope for them and their loved ones.  Be safe…

Divorce Support

Statistics show that divorce is on the rise for each marriage there is a 40% chance of divorce for 1st marriages, 50% for 2nd marriages and 60% for 3rd marriages.

Divorce is the dissolution of marriage.  People divorce for many reasons such as:

  • Adultery
  • Domestic violence
  • Finances
  • Differences of personality
  • Lack of communication and more

I know the pain and suffering of divorce, in fact I am a part of the 50% of second marriages that fail.  My first marriage lasted 5 years and my second about 13 years.

When you are getting a divorce it feels like someone has died, so it is normal to grieve for your lost marriage.  If you have children, you have lost your co-parent, financial support, best friend, and more.  If you don’t have children, you feel like you have lost your dreams for your future the life you have always envisioned.

I am starting a divorce support group on November 9th at 6:30 pm located at 913 W. Holmes Rd #178A, Lansing, MI for $10/week.  Childcare will be provided. If you are in the Lansing area and interested please email me at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com for more information.

This group will offer support and encouragement to help you get through the hardest time of your life.

One thing that I have learned when going through both divorces is you have to take care of yourself before you can deal with your children, ex-spouse, the house, and anything else you have to deal with.  Going through a divorce during the holiday season is difficult, but you can do it no matter what.

We as women have to get used to relying on ourselves once again and I am hoping that with this group we can do that.

See you on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm…

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses.

Sevemental healthre mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely emerge out of the blue. Instead, family, friends, teachers, co workers, or the individuals themselves start to notice that something is not quite right gradually.

Warning signs:

  • Problems with concentration, memory, or logical thought and speech that you haven’t experienced in the past.
  • They could be more emotional or irritable easier. Losing their temper more.
  • Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, or smells as well as an overwhelming feeling of avoidance of over-stimulating situations.

When Should Treatment Begin?:

Seek treatment as soon as possible. There are clinics that specialize in mental health disorders around the country, testing is normally scheduled relatively quickly.

If you or someone you know is having problems please seek professional help. I can be contacted by email at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com.  Please also consider following me on facebook at www.facebook.com/darlacarmoneyllpc and check me out on twitter, tumblr, and instagram as well.