10 Things You Should Know About Mental Health

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Have you ever thought about how your friends view mental health?

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Luckily, many of my friends like myself, are psychology majors or have some type of back ground related to psychology. However, I do have a few that are less familiar with the topic, this post is for them.

I am not poking fun or calling you out, because you are ignorant to the topic, but I do want to spread my knowledge on the subject, being that so many people suffer from mental illness related issues.

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Listed below are 10 things I want my friends who are not educated on mental illness to know:

  1. Different people experience different things. There is no one size fits all mold when it comes to mental illness.
  2. Talking about mental illness/ mental health is not weird.
  3. Mental illnesses are not just figments of someone’s imagination.
  4. Medications are not the only way to help someone cope with mental illness.
  5. Some people need to be medicated, and that too is okay.
  6. No, you can’t “catch” mental illness.
  7. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
  8. Mental health and mental illness is not restricted to one race or gender.
  9. You cannot heal overnight, things take time.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, do your research.

 

Hopefully, this post will help you see the world in a different light. Maybe it will inspire you to help someone else, or maybe you will just read it and forget about it.

 

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Unnoticed Symptoms of Mental Illness

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There are many aspects of mental illness, though we like to focus on the “positive” factors of mental illness sometimes, there are outcomes that negatively effect everyone who suffers from a mental illness. There are common symptoms, but this post will focus on symptoms one may not automatically think of when thinking about mental illness.

First, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be very emotional. They lash out in anger and they tend to cry a lot. To someone who isn’t suffering it may seem like they are crying over nothing, but to them it is a load of stress and anxiety that has built up and being released when they cry.

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Secondly, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be forgetful. From keys, to appointments that have been scheduled for months. People who are suffering from a mental illness forget many things, many individuals write tasks down and depend on lists to remember things to do.

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Third, people who suffer from mental illnesses show a significant amount of guilt. From feeling guilty for letting friends and family down, to being guilty for not being enough, the reasons of guilt are endless.

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Fourth, many people who suffer from mental illnesses tend to show a decrease in their personal hygiene levels. People who are dealing with anxiety and depression can barely scrape up the motivation to get out of bed, much less getting themselves ready. Many individuals who suffer from mental illnesses tend to not shower for a few days in a row and often women will go without makeup.

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If you or someone you know is showing any of these symptoms, be sure to offer a helping hand and encourage talking to a professional.

 

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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Loving Someone Who is Suffering

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Relationships can be challenging for anyone, mental illness or not. However, a mental illness can add a larger challenge for couples. The number of adults diagnosed with a mental illness is at an all-time high. More than ever people are becoming aware of their issues and seeking professional help. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, Schizophrenia, or one of the numerous other illnesses, one thing for sure it that you more than likely know someone who is suffering and living with a mental illness.

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Chances are if you are in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness, and who openly talks about their mental illness, you understand that things are different for them. You understand that it can be harder for them to express their feelings towards you.

 

 

Listed below, are 2 tips to remember when loving someone with a mental illness.

 

  1. SOME DAYS ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS. Some days are good, but there are always going to be bad days. There will be days that your significant other doesn’t want to do anything, these are the days that they need you the most. On these days, you should remember that you are not the reason they are sad or suffering. Bring them breakfast in bed, flowers, a nice card. Letting them know you are thinking about them will encourage them to get through the day.

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  1. ASK QUESTIONS. If you don’t suffer from a mental illness, you probably are not familiar with all the symptoms and other issues that can go along with mental illness. By asking questions, you are showing your significant other that you care about their well-being. You are also, showing them that you are interested. You should be interested, it is always good to understand issues your significant other has.

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Hopefully, with these two tips, you will be able to understand your significant other better. By learning to accept mental illnesses, you are helping in ending stigmas related to mental illness.

 

Remember, there will always be better days than some, and it is better to ask questions rather than assume.

 

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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10 Things You Should Know About Mental Health

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Have you ever thought about how your friends view mental health?

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Luckily, many of my friends like myself, are psychology majors or have some type of back ground related to psychology. However, I do have a few that are less familiar with the topic, this post is for them.

I am not poking fun or calling you out, because you are ignorant to the topic, but I do want to spread my knowledge on the subject, being that so many people suffer from mental illness related issues.

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Listed below are 10 things I want my friends who are not educated on mental illness to know:

  1. Different people experience different things. There is no one size fits all mold when it comes to mental illness.
  2. Talking about mental illness/ mental health is not weird.
  3. Mental illnesses are not just figments of someone’s imagination.
  4. Medications are not the only way to help someone cope with mental illness.
  5. Some people need to be medicated, and that too is okay.
  6. No, you can’t “catch” mental illness.
  7. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
  8. Mental health and mental illness is not restricted to one race or gender.
  9. You cannot heal overnight, things take time.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, do your research.

 

Hopefully, this post will help you see the world in a different light. Maybe it will inspire you to help someone else, or maybe you will just read it and forget about it.

 

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.

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org/

 

New Year; New Purpose.

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“New year; new me” is probably a line many of you have used at some point, but a “new you” starts with taking care of yourself, physically and mentally.

We are all guilty of false promises for New Year’s resolutions. From giving up soda, sweets, and eating out; to more meaningful things like volunteering more and donating more money to your church. There is at least one New Year’s resolution that you have not kept for the entire year.

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For 2018, it took me a little bit longer to come up with a New Year’s resolution. I wanted my resolution to be meaningful and to impact other people. However, I didn’t want to just impact others, I wanted to positively impact others. After numerous, unfortunate events in 2017, I felt that many people around me could benefit from the resolution I ultimately decided on. Which was also very important to me.

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After many ideas, I decided on a New Year’s resolution to spread mental health awareness to others. Seems easy, especially since I intern for a mental health organization. However, getting people to accept mental health as a real thing is easier said than done and I wanted this to be more than just a blog post each week.

With this resolution, I vow to spread knowledge on what mental health is, types of mental illnesses, and where you can seek professional help. My hope is that I can educate many people on the various layers of mental health.

Mental health is not just suicide and anti-depressants. Mental health is the level of psychological well-being. According to MentalHealth.gov, one in five adults experience a mental health issue, one in ten young people experience a period of major depression, and one in twenty- five Americans lived with a serious mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia in 2014.

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I hope that in 2018, you research more on the topic of mental health. The statistics support the fact that you know at least one person who is effected by a mental illness, that person may even be you.

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.

 

7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

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I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

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Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

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Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

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4 Unnoticed Symptoms of Mental Illness

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There are many aspects of mental illness, though we like to focus on the “positive” factors of mental illness sometimes, there are outcomes that negatively effect everyone who suffers from a mental illness. There are common symptoms, but this post will focus on symptoms one may not automatically think of when thinking about mental illness.

First, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be very emotional. They lash out in anger and they tend to cry a lot. To someone who isn’t suffering it may seem like they are crying over nothing, but to them it is a load of stress and anxiety that has built up and being released when they cry.

sad boy

Secondly, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be forgetful. From keys, to appointments that have been scheduled for months. People who are suffering from a mental illness forget many things, many individuals write tasks down and depend on lists to remember things to do.

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Third, people who suffer from mental illnesses show a significant amount of guilt. From feeling guilty for letting friends and family down, to being guilty for not being enough, the reasons of guilt are endless.

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Fourth, many people who suffer from mental illnesses tend to show a decrease in their personal hygiene levels. People who are dealing with anxiety and depression can barely scrape up the motivation to get out of bed, much less getting themselves ready. Many individuals who suffer from mental illnesses tend to not shower for a few days in a row and often women will go without makeup.

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If you or someone you know is showing any of these symptoms, be sure to offer a helping hand and encourage talking to a professional.

 

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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2 Tips to Remember When Your Significant Other is Suffering.

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Relationships can be challenging for anyone, mental illness or not. However, a mental illness can add a larger challenge for couples. The number of adults diagnosed with a mental illness is at an all-time high. More than ever people are becoming aware of their issues and seeking professional help. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, Schizophrenia, or one of the numerous other illnesses, one thing for sure it that you more than likely know someone who is suffering and living with a mental illness.

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Chances are if you are in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness, and who openly talks about their mental illness, you understand that things are different for them. You understand that it can be harder for them to express their feelings towards you.

 

 

Listed below, are 2 tips to remember when loving someone with a mental illness.

 

  1. SOME DAYS ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS. Some days are good, but there are always going to be bad days. There will be days that your significant other doesn’t want to do anything, these are the days that they need you the most. On these days, you should remember that you are not the reason they are sad or suffering. Bring them breakfast in bed, flowers, a nice card. Letting them know you are thinking about them will encourage them to get through the day.

sad.jpeg

  1. ASK QUESTIONS. If you don’t suffer from a mental illness, you probably are not familiar with all the symptoms and other issues that can go along with mental illness. By asking questions, you are showing your significant other that you care about their well-being. You are also, showing them that you are interested. You should be interested, it is always good to understand issues your significant other has.

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Hopefully, with these two tips, you will be able to understand your significant other better. By learning to accept mental illnesses, you are helping in ending stigmas related to mental illness.

 

Remember, there will always be better days than some, and it is better to ask questions rather than assume.

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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