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Mental Health

What Is Psychiatric Name Calling and How Do We Stop It?

Crazy. Pyscho. Lunatic. Disturbed. Nuts. Looney. These are all words we hear and use for any number of reasons. Sometimes we wield them as barbs to hurt people. In other cases we use them to label events, people or situations we don’t understand.  Or we use those terms as a derogatory way to characterize people with a mental health condition. But, for the most part, a lot of these words are used pretty flippantly and without much regard. “There’s something wrong with her.  ...

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Mental Health

How to Help a Loved One with Depression

Helping a loved one with depression doesn’t have to be scary or hard. It just takes a little understanding, patience, and empathy. What it’s like For those of us with depression, one of the most challenging things about it is that sometimes it can happen with no warning. Life is going great and then WHAM! When it hits, EVERY. LITTLE. THING seems difficult beyond belief. Getting out of bed takes great strength. Holding even the most simple conversation with someone is draining.  ...

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Mental Health, Misc

Teaming up with Pine Rest

The first race I ever ran was the Fifth Third River Bank Run 5K. I remember being SO nervous and scared. 5K?! How on EARTH was I going to do that!? In order to get in shape and have the stamina to run 3.1 miles, I trained using a Couch to 5K program. After weeks of sweat (and maybe a few tears) I was ready for race day. The nerves I had that morning were OUT of CONTROL. I must have visited the porta-potties 10 times before lining up with my pace group. I wasn’t going to back out of  ...

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Mental Health

Have the Holiday Blues? You’re Not Alone

The Holiday Blues are a very real thing. You don’t even have to be diagnosed as clinically depressed to feel down in December. While the holidays are supposed to be the merriest time of the year, there’s a lot going on that can put you in a downward spiral. There’s end-of-year deadlines at work, unhealthy food galore, stressful family get-togethers, and the obligatory (and sometimes) awkward holiday party. Let’s not forget the stress we may feel trying to make  ...

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