7 Tools To Improve Mental Health

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Mental illness, specifically untreated depression, is the leading cause of suicide. You are not alone. Seek help.

Mental illness is real. You can survive and thrive.-Shanna A. Jefferson

7 Tools To Improve Mental Health

  • Celebrate the positives of your loved one experiencing mental illness as well as those whom have lost their lives.
  • Forgive yourself.
  • Keep It Real. “We must be honest and transparent”. –Shanti Das
  • Make the decision to be happy.
  • Engage in self-care.
  • Engage in physical activity.
  • Turn your pain into purpose.

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5 Warning Signs of Depression

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Are you depressed?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. (www.nami.org).

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It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

5 Warning Signs of Depression

  1. A lack of interest in activities that the person used to be interested in. Typically, people who suffer from depression lose interest in doing things that they once enjoyed doing. This can range as anything from dropping out of social events like clubs and sports teams, to walling themselves off from outsiders with whom they once shared a hobby. This symptom of depression typically goes on to worsen the condition, because it hurts some of the social relationships that depression sufferers previously engaged in.
  2. A noticeable change in eating habits is another big warning sign of depression. While there are obviously a number of reasons why one might change their diet, big shifts in weight gain and/or weight loss typically signify a loss of interest in eating or a lackadaisical attitude towards making food. This symptom, in turn, can negatively impact a depression sufferer’s physical health.
  3. Suddenly noticing an increase in the number of headaches, stomachaches and physical symptoms is another sign of depression. While depression in itself is a mental condition, it is often accompanied by a number of physical discomforts like headaches and stomachaches.
  4. Constant fatigue or an inability to sleep is a big warning sign of depression. This can either come as a slight problem with sleeping enough to feel fully rested, or it can be full-blown insomnia. Waking up too early or constantly waking up during the night are other common signs of depression.
  5. The most serious sign of depression is thoughts of suicide or hurting oneself. Unlike the other symptoms, which on their own can be indicators of a number of conditions, this particular sign almost always signals depression.

(Source http://www.psyweb.com)

 

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Speak positivity through your pain, through your tears, through your joy…speak positive affirmations into your life. -Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW

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5 Signs of Emotional Distress

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How do you know if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental illness? What are signs?

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The Campaign to Change Direction identifies 5 key signs that someone may be experiencing a mental illness. The signs are personality change, agitated, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs above, it is important to seek treatment.

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It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients in NC, SC, and GA. Services are available via telephone and our secured online platform. Office sessions available for Greenville, SC.

Contact us today at 1-800-647-3345 or visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

 

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The Powerful Black Women: Part 3

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Part 1 of this discussion of Guilt and Shame concentrated on reasons why women harbor guilt and shame which included: Past Experiences of Abuse or Trauma; Feelings that she has to be all things for everyone; and being Physically and Mentally oppressed.  These reasons keep women trapped which will ultimately jeopardize her health.

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Part 2 of this discussion was reasons to Let Go of Guilt and Shame that increases the risk for women to experience morbidity problems of: Anxiety; Depressed Moods; Self-loathing.  Holding on to guilt and shame can cause unwanted health concerns.  Guilt and Shame may appear that she is barring all things and keeping it all together to the outside world, but all the while jeopardizing her physical and mental health.

Finally Part 3: The Break-Through

There is a Misconception of Black Women that states:  To be Strong Black women suggests a superhuman trait rendering Black women capable and obligated to take on and handle all the burdens of the world (Walton & Oyewuwo-Gassikia, 2017).

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Strong Black women have gone through some stuff…

 The Powerful Black Woman

  • Recognizes that she has limits:
    • May not have the answers, out of control, emotionally spent, and powerless;
  • Recognizes when to solicit help from others:
    • Enlists a support system (family, friends, faith community, social resources);
  • Takes responsibility for her actions and completes the tasks:
    • Sets clear boundaries;
  • Finally, she shares her story!
    • Helping others by being transparent.

 

 

2 CORINTHIANS 13:9

We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong;

and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.

 

Peace and Blessings!

By:  Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University |

Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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References

Walton, Q. L., & Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. (2017). The case for #blackgirlmagic: Application  of a strengths-based, intersectional practice framework for working with black women with depression. Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(4), 461-475. doi:10.1177/0886109917712213

3 Reasons To Let Go of Guilt and Shame: Part 2

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Still I Rise

Part 1 of this discussion of guilt and shame concentrated on reasons why women harbor guilt and shame which included: Past Experiences of Abuse or Trauma; Feelings that she has to be all things for everyone; and being Physically and Mentally Oppressed.  These reasons keep women trapped which will ultimately jeopardize her health.  Today let’s discuss 3 Reasons to Let Go of Guilt and Shame that increases the risk for women to experience morbidity problems of:

    1. Anxiety
    2. Depressed Moods
    3. Self-loathing

 

Holding on to guilt and shame can cause unwanted health concerns.  Guilt and Shame may appear that she is barring all things and keeping it all together to the outside world, but all the while jeopardizing her physical and mental health.

Feeling the stress and strain of guilt and shame can create health dispersing consequences that can be avoided.  Rise up women and take care of yourself!

Until next time keep the faith!

By:  Kristen Pettaway, MA-LPC Liberty University |

Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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3 Things to Remember When Enough Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

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Have you ever felt like everything you do just falls short of whatever it is you are working towards? If you said no you are more than likely lying and it is time you accept your failures. It is normal to feel disappointed after a failure, all humans experience this feeling of dissatisfaction. While it is perfectly normal to feel disappointed when you experience failure, repeated feelings of disappointment over time can lead to stress, anxiety, which can then lead to depression.

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There are a few things to remember when you feel like what you are doing isn’t enough.

 

 

 

  1. Think back on all your success. As humans, we tend to focus on the negative things when something goes wrong and forget everything we have done right. By thinking back on your successes after a failure will help you remain focus that you can and will accomplish the goal you are trying to achieve.

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  1. Do not compare yourself. Every human is unique and goes through different trials and tribulations. Your best friend may excel at something the first try, whereas it takes you a few times to have success. And vice versa. NO two humans are the same, so stop comparing your failures and successes to other people’s.

 

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  1. Remind yourself to get back up. People tend to stop trying to do something after a few failures. Giving up seems like the easy way out, but really it is the lazy way out. Always remember, no matter how hard you fall, how you get up is what others remember.

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Hopefully you can keep these three tips in the back of your mind when you are feeling like enough isn’t enough. Regardless if it is a failed relationship, failed test, you got fired, etc. remembering these three things when you feel like your enough is not enough will aid you in positively enhancing your mental well-being.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org/

 

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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3 Things to Remember When Enough Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

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Have you ever felt like everything you do just falls short of whatever it is you are working towards? If you said no you are more than likely lying and it is time you accept your failures. It is normal to feel disappointed after a failure, all humans experience this feeling of dissatisfaction. While it is perfectly normal to feel disappointed when you experience failure, repeated feelings of disappointment over time can lead to stress, anxiety, which can then lead to depression.

enough

 

There are a few things to remember when you feel like what you are doing isn’t enough.

 

 

 

  1. Think back on all your success. As humans, we tend to focus on the negative things when something goes wrong and forget everything we have done right. By thinking back on your successes after a failure will help you remain focus that you can and will accomplish the goal you are trying to achieve.

 success

  1. Do not compare yourself. Every human is unique and goes through different trials and tribulations. Your best friend may excel at something the first try, whereas it takes you a few times to have success. And vice versa. NO two humans are the same, so stop comparing your failures and successes to other people’s.

 

people.jpeg 

  1. Remind yourself to get back up. People tend to stop trying to do something after a few failures. Giving up seems like the easy way out, but really it is the lazy way out. Always remember, no matter how hard you fall, how you get up is what others remember.

standing 

Hopefully you can keep these three tips in the back of your mind when you are feeling like enough isn’t enough. Regardless if it is a failed relationship, failed test, you got fired, etc. remembering these three things when you feel like your enough is not enough will aid you in positively enhancing your mental well-being.

 

 

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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7 Signs of Bullying

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Male Bully

Bullying is a form of hostile aggression of an imbalance of power where the one doing the bullying presents as a more powerful person or group attacking than the less powerful one.  Bullying behavior is intended to annoy or harm the victim and occurs repeatedly over time.

 

Cyber Bully

Bullying can be in the form of verbal (i.e. name-calling, or threats), psychological (i.e. spreading rumors or exclusion) physical (i.e. kicking, hitting, or taunting).  Bullying can be done directly or indirectly at schools in the classroom, hallway, playground; and sometimes anonymously through email, and text messages, and through social media (i.e. Facebook,                                                                                           Instagram, chat rooms, etc.).

School girl Bullies

Bullying can present in many ways but maintains the same essential mean-spiritedness of dominance over others through hostile means, and no empathy for the victim.  Bullying is widespread and most likely to occur in middle school, but bullying can start as early as in late elementary school and extend into high school. Bullying victims, as well as those who bully, are usually male.  However, the population of female bullying has increased in recent years with females using relational aggression through the avenue of social media.

7 Signs of bullying include:

Depression                                                    Hopelessness

Feelings of isolation                                    Loss of friendships

High levels of anxiety                                 Unhappiness

Self-injury and/or thoughts of suicide

 

Workplace Bully

Bullying is not only a problem for children and adolescents but adults can experience bullying as well.  Often times bullying for adults may occur in the workplace and can affect them in the same manner.

 

Recognizing the signs is the first step to combat bullying behavior.  The best way to stop bullying is to tell someone and to bring it to light.  Bullying can be stopped and help is available.

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3 Things to Remember When Enough Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

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Have you ever felt like everything you do just falls short of whatever it is you are working towards? If you said no you are more than likely lying and it is time you accept your failures. It is normal to feel disappointed after a failure, all humans experience this feeling of dissatisfaction. While it is perfectly normal to feel disappointed when you experience failure, repeated feelings of disappointment over time can lead to stress, anxiety, which can then lead to depression.

enough

 

There are a few things to remember when you feel like what you are doing isn’t enough.

 

 

 

  1. Think back on all your success. As humans, we tend to focus on the negative things when something goes wrong and forget everything we have done right. By thinking back on your successes after a failure will help you remain focus that you can and will accomplish the goal you are trying to achieve.

 success

  1. Do not compare yourself. Every human is unique and goes through different trials and tribulations. Your best friend may excel at something the first try, whereas it takes you a few times to have success. And vice versa. NO two humans are the same, so stop comparing your failures and successes to other people’s.

 

people.jpeg 

  1. Remind yourself to get back up. People tend to stop trying to do something after a few failures. Giving up seems like the easy way out, but really it is the lazy way out. Always remember, no matter how hard you fall, how you get up is what others remember.

standing 

Hopefully you can keep these three tips in the back of your mind when you are feeling like enough isn’t enough. Regardless if it is a failed relationship, failed test, you got fired, etc. remembering these three things when you feel like your enough is not enough will aid you in positively enhancing your mental well-being.

 

 

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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4 Tips: Mental Wellness & The Entrepreneur

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Mental Health and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions.  The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo.  Most start-ups are one-person machines.  The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.

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A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion.  However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused.  Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?

The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.

Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind.  The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal.  Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent.  It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.

My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.

4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur

  1. Engage in Self-Care.
  2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
  3. Complete a personal and business inventory.
  4. Seek professional help.
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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

About The Author

Shanna A. Jefferson, LCSW, is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity and achieve greatness.  As a Woman of God, Change Agent, Business Executive, Life Coach, Philanthropist and Author – she is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others. Having achieved a Bachelors of Public Policy and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at Capella University.

In addition to her academic achievements, Shanna is a thriving entrepreneur as well. She is CEO of Destination Greatness, Founder of The Destination Greatness Foundation, COO of 1929 Enterprises, CEO of Divine Vision Coaching and Consulting and Chief Visionary Officer of Shanna A. Jefferson, Inc. She is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Financial Therapy Association.  At age 32, Shanna became a self-published Author with the release of 32 Shades of Greatness and thereafter The Greatness Toolbox: 33 Tools for Success and Be Bodacious: A 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs to Elevate Your Life.

Connect with Shanna

Website: http://www.shannajefferson.com

Facebook: facebook.com/entrepreneurshannajefferson