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J. Peters writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into his work. J blogs daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog and for other sites around the United States and Europe, bringing his passion for mental health to consumers everywhere.

Completing a Self-Administered Mental Status Exam (MSE): The Steps, Explained

    We all feel differently on a day-to-day basis. Most of us self-assess, in our own way, how we are doing weekly, monthly, with friends, family members, and sometimes,

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My Coping Skills aren’t Working: Now what do I do?

There are going to be times when existing coping or self-management skills are not going to help or remedy a particular situation. This article is designed to help readers create

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Make Your Own Psychiatric Triage: What to do when you are in a non-life threatening crisis to feel more Safe

Undeniably, there are times when we all feel out of control. There is no question that when we are in the midst of a crisis, whether it be interpersonal, existential,

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Community Mental Health Re-Discovered

I have always believed in having a plan, a next step. Call it a goal or an objective. I believe in a tomorrow that begins with right now. More than

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Forced Treatment: An Ethics of Hope for Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill Persons

This article seeks to articulate the challenges with treatment of Severe and persistent mental health diagnoses for persons (SPMI) non-adherent to the clinical recommendations of their providers. It is the

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What is Recovery? Differentiating the Diagnosis from the Person

This article seeks to discuss, define, and set up an ongoing dialogue around what recovery means. As people, we all have our own eccentricities. Some of us are moody; others

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Your Inner Guidance System: Tuning-in

This article seeks to explore more advanced self-care strategies. Tuning-in to the self, and/or self-awareness, is one of the quintessential skills for knowing how to self-regulate effectively in stressful, unknown,

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On Self-Care: Monitoring our ADL’s

This article seeks to highlight the unquestionable importance of self-care in everyday life. Self-care is paramount to survival and this article will review the essential skills necessary to continue and

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Allies in Recovery: The “DO’s” and “DONT’s” of Radical Acceptance

This article explores symptoms that complicate interpersonal relationships and interfere with pro-social interactions. There are many diagnoses that have symptoms that further complicate our social lives when socialization is what’s

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Surviving on the Unit

Have you lost all control in your life or does it feel that way? This article is intended to explore the feelings and thoughts associated with experiencing an in patient

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Readiness for Psychiatric Hospitalization

If you suffer from chronic mental illness you are no stranger to the hospital. There are many people who have been hospitalized so many times they cannot remember each admission

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Managing the Unknown: Reducing Rumination and Committing to your Goals

Too many disorders have a common symptom: rumination, perseveration and the greater experience of fear that disturbs our moments and may even evoke enough agitation to land us in the

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Chronic Mental Illness: Living with Unresolved Symptoms in-spite of Full Adherence to Medication and Psychotherapy

We all have our struggles with mental health problems. Some of us, more minor than others, but nevertheless, nobody’s mental health is perfect. Everyone is going to have a different

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Socialization and Support for those Carrying a Diagnosis: Preparing Friends and Relatives with the Resources to be Allies in Recovery

For quite some time now it has been accepted and recommended by researchers in mental health treatment for people to be socially active. Indeed, for those of us carrying a

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