Finals Week and Mental Health: How to survive.

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Being a student is stressful, many times students are juggling classes, extra-curricular activities, and jobs. The week after finals is always a time to stop and recollect for myself, as I know it is for others too. Sometimes juggling so many things, we forget to maintain our feelings and mental health during the semester, and especially during the last two weeks of a semester.

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I always tell myself how to stay stress free throughout the semester, but sometimes that is easier said than done. There are many ways one can maintain mental health. However, students differ from other people because we are usually on a tight budget, tight time frame, and most of the time you cannot just drop your school obligations and go for a spa weekend (regardless how much you want to procrastinate).

For students, simple things like making to do lists and taking naps are essential. Creating to do lists, will keep you on a schedule and keep your stress and anxiety levels down. Taking naps will ensure you are getting enough sleep, even when you pull three “all-nighters” a week.

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Students should call home to their family and friends. Even though you will be reunited with them soon, calling home will lower anxiety and stress levels for most students.

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Even though, as a student you cannot go on a weekend spa retreat, doing things like taking long showers and simple sugar scrubs will take your mind off school, grades, and everything else.

Though the fall semester has officially ended in many schools, remembering these tips for spring finals week will ensure that you are mentally prepared to do well on all your finals.

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

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Healing Yourself of Shame

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Everyone feels shame at some point in their lifetime. An essential part of shame,  is how you deal with it. Below is an excerpt from NAMI’s blog post, “How I Healed Myself Of Shame” by Beverly Engel.

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“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel shame. But I do have evidence that there was once a time when I was shame free. I have a photograph of me as a little baby, smiling with a twinkle in my eye. I look radiant and filled with joy. I have another photo of me at four years old, in which I am frowning, and I look defiant and lost. The twinkle in my eye has been replaced with a dark, empty look.

What had occurred that had taken away the joyous smile on my face and replaced it with darkness, emptiness and hatred?

The answer: shame. Shame replaced my innocence, my joy, my exuberance for life. Shame caused me to build a wall of protection and defiance. Who was I defending myself against? My mother, a woman who was so full of shame herself that she couldn’t help but project it onto me.

After being neglected and emotionally abused by my mother, sexually abused at nine and raped at twelve, I found myself riddled with shame and the belief that I was unlovable and rotten inside. I began acting out by shoplifting. I was angry at my mother, the men who had abused me and at all authority figures. I wanted to get back at everyone who had taken advantage of me. After I was finally caught and brought home in a cop car, my mother gave up on me.

Fortunately, I didn’t give up on myself. I knew there was goodness in me and I fought to find it. I turned to solitude and introspection and began to find the pieces of myself I discarded when trying to shield myself from further harm.”

The full article can be found at, https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2018/How-I-Healed-Myself-of-Shame.

 

Keep on, keeping on.

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

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Mental Health and High School Students

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There is no doubt that people who suffer from Mental Health issues, need extra support. Regardless if it comes from a parent, friend, sponsor, or teacher, just having one person to believe in you can drastically increase self-confidence. Increasing self-confidence will increase self-wellness over time.

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In particular, students need someone who is willing to call and check in on them once or twice a week at most. This is true for students of just about any age, but high school students in particular. High school can be a rough time and even harder for students who are suffering from mental illnesses that may or may not be diagnosed.phone.jpeg

 

By checking in on the student you are showing them they have someone who cares about them and that they are important to someone.

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Parents, make sure you talk to your kids about their mental wellness. Try to understand what they are going through, but also understand they may want to talk to someone other than you about issues related to mental health. Try to encourage them to make the best decisions for their lives. However, if they do not make the best decision, remember they are still your child and support them no matter what comes next.

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

Self- injury According to MHA

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The topic of mental health in America can still be uncomfortable for many people. However, the topic of self-harming, seems to be even more uncomfortable for many Americans.

Below are some statistics and knowledge I felt many people can benefit from gaining, on the topic of self-harm. The full post of this information can be found at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/self-injury.

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“Self-injury, also known as self-harm, self-mutilation, or self-abuse occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself in a way that is impulsive and not intended to be lethal.

The most common methods are:

  • Skin cutting (70-90%),
  • Head banging or hitting (21%-44%), and
  • Burning (15%-35%).

Other forms of self-injury include excessive scratching to the point of drawing blood, punching self or objects, infecting oneself, inserting objects into body openings, drinking something harmful (like bleach or detergent), and breaking bones purposefully. [1] Most individuals who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) hurt themselves in more than one way.

How Common is Self-Injury?

Research indicates that self-injury occurs in approximately as many as 4% of adults in the United States. Rates are higher among adolescents, who seem to be at an increased risk for self-injury, with approximately 15% of teens reporting some form of self-injury. Studies show an even higher risk for self-injury among college students, with rates ranging from 17%-35%. [2]

Why Do People Self-Injure?

People who self-injure commonly report they feel empty inside, over or under stimulated, unable to express their feelings, lonely, not understood by others and fearful of intimate relationships and adult responsibilities. Self-injury is their way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings, and is generally not a suicide attempt. But relief is temporary, and a self-destructive cycle often develops without proper treatment. Self-injury can also be a way to have control over your body when you can’t control anything else in your life. A lot of people who cut themselves also have an eating disorder.”

 

 

Hopefully, this information will educate you on a topic that so many people suffer from.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

Grief: An Essential Part of Mental Health

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Death is inevitable, it is the one thing that everyone is guaranteed. Coping with death is also something that everyone will have to go through at some point in their lives. Though many would like to think there is a “one size fits all” way to grief, there simply is not. There is not a set timeline, nor is there a correct way to grieve. Everyone is different.

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Some put their feelings away and make everything a joke, some turn inward and refuse to talk about it. Others, turn to journaling or some form of spiritual healing. No matter how you deal with the death of a loved one, know it is necessary to deal with it.

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Grieving the loss of a loved one is required, for someone to “move on” with their life. No, I am not suggesting that you should forget all your precious memories to move on from missing your loved one, I am simply suggesting that you must learn a new normal living without them.

I think this is the hardest part. Accepting a new normal is hard, for me anyways. I, like many I am sure, really despise change in general. Two years after the death of my treasured step-father, I still find myself tearing up when I hear any AC DC song. Old school rock and roll was his thing, he would listen to it in his truck, on the house speakers, etc. Honestly, I think he would listen to it anywhere he could blast it.

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Grieving is essential for one’s mental health to stay upright. It may take you a while to realize what you are going through, and how to cope with it. However, once you get to this point, you will be in a better mental state.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Mental Health According to the CDC

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There’s no doubt that mental health awareness is on a rise in the United States, but do you really know what mental health is?

It’s not just depression and anxiety attacks.

Below is a section of the mental health section, published on the CDC’s webpage.

To read the entire article, please visit, https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm.

“The term mental health is commonly used in reference to mental illness. However, knowledge in the field has progressed to a level that appropriately differentiates the two. Although mental health and mental illness are related, they represent different psychological states.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”1 It is estimated that only about 17% of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health.2 There is emerging evidence that positive mental health is associated with improved health outcomes.

Mental illness is defined as “collectively all diagnosable mental disorders” or “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.”2 Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.3 It has been estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, trailing only ischemic heart disease.4

Evidence has shown that mental disorders, especially depressive disorders, are strongly related to the occurrence, successful treatment, and course of many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity5 and many risk behaviors for chronic disease; such as, physical inactivity, smoking, excessive drinking, and insufficient sleep.”

 

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4 Ways for Easy and Quick Self-Care.

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When thinking of self-care, most people think of bath bombs, spa time, and relaxing vacations. However, self-care can come in the form of anything that helps you release stress. Whether it is taking time to let all of your emotions out  or journaling. We are going to cover a few self-care tips for the busy person.

1.Let it out. It is okay to cry, many people can release stress just by crying it out.

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2. Meditate. Download a meditation app on your phone, or search for meditation videos on Youtube. Meditating can be an hour or ten minutes and it is guaranteed to relieve built up stress and emotions.

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3. Find what makes you happy. Find something that can keep your mind clear of your situation. Listen to your favorite music, read a new book, or take up a new hobby. Refocusing your mind on something can help keep you upbeat and positive.

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4. Journaling. Many people who keep a journal report that it is a stress reliever. If you are not able to write everyday, try writing an entry one a week a week for a month, then decide if it is something you feel works for you.

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Keep on, keeping on.

 

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men and Mental Health

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Though we have covered the topic before, it should be noted that men can too be affected by mental illness. Below is an excerpt from a NAMI post about men and mental illness.

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“Depression can be hard to talk about—so hard that a lot of men end up silently struggling for years, only to reach out when they’ve hit rock bottom. Others, sadly, don’t reach out at all. This is one of the reasons why men account for 3.5 times the number of suicides as women. And depression is one of the leading causes of suicide.

Fighting depression is difficult. Not only do you have to fight the illness but you also fight the stigma attached to it. For men, the fear of looking weak or unmanly adds to this strain. Anger, shame and other defenses can kick in as a means of self-protection but may ultimately prevent men from seeking treatment.

Here are some common myths that stand between men and recovery from depression:

Depression = Weakness

It cannot be emphasized enough that depression has nothing to do with personal weakness. It is a serious health condition that millions of men contend with every year. It’s no different than if you develop diabetes or high blood pressure—it can happen to anyone. We show our strength by working and building supports to get better.

A Man Should Be Able To Control His Feelings

Depression is a mood disorder, which means it can make us feel down when there is absolutely nothing to feel down about. We can’t always control what we feel, but we can do our best to control how we react. And that includes choosing whether to ignore our problems or face them before they get out of hand.”

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If you wish to read the full article please visit, https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/March-2018/5-Myths-that-Prevent-Men-from-Fighting-Depression.

I hope that this excerpt will open at-least one persons views on men and mental illness. Our men are important to us, we need to end stigmas related to men and mental illness.

 

Keep on, keeping on.

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

Arming Our Schools: Why Counselors and School Social Workers are Needed.

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With the topic of school shootings and arming teachers on the rise, I felt the need to write about what our schools actually need. As a parent I would never feel comfortable if I knew my child was in a classroom where his teacher had a loaded gun on his/her body. I think instead we need to arm our children and teachers with more counselors and social workers.

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The need for school social workers and counselors are at an all time high with the rates of mental illnesses in youths.

Though, there is a high need for workers in these careers, there are many people who are unsure of what these professionals do.

According to, SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com,  a “school social worker is an important asset to students, parents, communities, and school districts. By working to ensure that all students are equipped and able to handle the demands of an education, school social workers are able to help children and adolescents overcome a number of obstacles that could impede both social and academic success.”

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It seems to me that if each school were able to add an extra school counselor or social worker, then catastrophes could be avoided. All because someone was able to take the time to understand and relate to students on a  more personal level.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org/

 

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending Mental Health Stigmas

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There is no doubt that there are stigmas related to mental illness. Not only are these stigmas effecting people who suffer from mental illnesses, they are effecting the way others view mental illness.

Often, people joke about being “crazy”, but when 1 in 5 people are suffering from a mental illness, this is no joking matter.

Until everyone decides to stop the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses, there will always being certain stigmas related to the topic.

Though you may not know it, there are multiple ways you can help end stigmas related to mental illness. If you are suffering, seek help. You never know who is watching, be a positive influence on whomever is watching you. Show them that it is okay to seek help.

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Simple things like speaking out against stigmas can also help end these stigmas. By bringing knowledge to the topic, people will be less likely to speak negatively on it.

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Lastly, join a support group if you are trying to find ways to beat the stigmas related to mental illnesses. Joining a group, can introduce you to others, who too are suffering. By connecting with others who are suffering, you will not only have someone who can relate to your issues, but you will have someone who can give you ideas on how to cope.

Keep on, keeping on.

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.