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.

Agoraphobia

What eagoraphobiaxactly is agoraphobia?  The word agoraphobia actually means fear of open spaces; however, the essence is a fear of panic attacks.  If you suffer from agoraphobia, you are afraid of being in situation from which escape might be difficult – or in which help might be unavailable – if you suddenly had a panic attack.

 

You may avoid grocery stores or freeways, not so much because of their inherent characteristics but because these are situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing in the event of panic.  The fear of embarrassment plays a key role.  Most agoraphobics fear not only having panic attacks but what other people will think should they be seen having a panic attack.

 

Some of the more common situations that agoraphobics avoid include:

  • Crowded public places such as grocery stores, department stores or restaurants.
  • Enclosed or confined places such as funerals, bridges, or the hairdresser’s chair.
  • Public transportation such as trains, buses, subways, or planes.
  • Being at home alone.

 

The most common feature about agoraphobia is the anxiety about being far away from home or far from a “safe person” (usually spouse, partner, a parent, or anyone you have an attachment to). If you do have agoraphobia, you are not only phobic about a variety of situations but tend to be anxious much of the time.  This anxiety arises from anticipating that you might be stuck in a situation in which you would panic.

 

Agoraphobia, in most cases, appears to be endangered by panic disorder.  First, you become aware that your attacks occur more frequently in confined situations away from home or when you are by yourself.  This is when you start to avoid these situations for fear of panicking, and you might go from mild, moderate or severe problem.  In mild cases, you feel uncomfortable in confined situations but not actually avoid them, and you can continue your day to day activities.  In moderate cases, you start to avoid some situations, such as public transportation, elevators, driving far from home, or being in restaurants.  This only places the restriction level at only partial, and there could be some situations away from home or your safe person that you can handle on your own with some discomfort.  In severe cases, it is an all-inclusive restriction of activities to the point where you are unable to leave your house without being accompanied.

 

Possible Treatment Options

  • Relaxation Training, Panic Control Therapy, and Interoceptive Desensitization: Use the same treatments as for panic attacks.
  • Exposure: Exposure Therapy means you face, or expose, yourself to a feared situation. Situations that you have avoided are gradually confronted through a process of small incremental steps.
  • Cognitive Therapy: To help you replace exaggerated, fearful thinking about panic and phobias with more realistic and supportive mental health. You learn to identify, challenge, and replace counterproductive thoughts and constructive ones.
  • Medication: Current medications utilize SSRIs such as Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, or Cymbalta are likely to be used in more severe cases where a person is household bound or highly restricted in what they are able to do. Low doses of tranquilizers such as Xanax or Klonopin may also be used to help people negotiate the early stages of exposure.
  • Assertiveness Training: Since agoraphobics often have difficulty standing up for themselves and their rights, assertiveness training is frequently part of the treatment.
  • Group Therapy: Treatment for agoraphobia can be done very effectively in a group setting. There is much support available in a group, both for realizing that you are not alone and for completing week-to-week homework assignments.

 

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health, issues please seek help. I am available at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com.  There is help for you.

Bullying and Mental Health

With the school year about to begin again, many children may become the victims of bullying.  This post is going to help you as a parent or teacher help your child or student deal with bullying.

Children that experience bullying may experience serious emotional and mental disabilities. Bullying may interfere with social development, and self-esteem. Children who have been bullied are also at increased risk for problems with anxiety and depression.

1) What Can I Do As A Parent? Help your child to understand what bullying is and teach them how to safely stand up for themselves and others.

2) Always Communicate. Check in with your children often. Listen to them. Know who their friends are, ask questions about school, understand, and listen to their concerns.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health, issues please seek help. I am available at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com.  There is help for you.

 

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses

mental health awarenessSevere 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

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 dealing with mental health, issues please seek help. I am available at darlacarmoneyllpc@gmail.com.  There is help for you.