Category: Addressing Symptoms

Allies in Recovery: Use and Overuse of Collateral Support

Burnout exists among practitioners & caregivers for those carrying a mental health diagnosis. Our allies, collateral contacts, and both natural and artificial supports are all susceptible to burnout. This presentation is designed to prevent and disrupt behaviors which contribute to burnout among people working…

Chronic Illness & Recovery: Setting the Pace for Sustainable Healing

For people with a chronic illness and long standing mental health diagnosis finding the right pace for recovery & healing can be difficult and even misleading at times during the life of a disorder. Acute disorders provide people with the space and room for…

No Flowers for People with a Mental Health Disorder

When a person walks into a medical facility, hospital, or otherwise, they walk right past the gift shop. Usually, people walk right past it, just to ask someone else passing by: “where is the gift shop?” because they were headed there anyway and didn’t…

Disrupting the Cycle of Anger & Explosive Behavior

I can never figure out why people choose to be angry. It is a choice. As a therapist, I diagnose people with Intermittent Explosive disorder from the DSM 5. I also provide treatment for the person carrying the diagnosis, help in terms of psychoeducation…

The Living Room Model in Practice: Inside HDSW of Westchester

The Living Room model suggests that people in crisis are going to go the Emergency Room (ER/ED) if they cannot resolve the emergent dilemmas overwhelming them in the moment. These emergent dilemmas can be anything from new or worsening symptoms to a change in…

Addressing Symptoms: Functional Impairments

We all have our limitations. Some of them more visible to the naked eye, others, more covert, and hidden away from the public but regardless still an internal struggle we battle everyday. As a therapist, I have the opportunity to listen to other practitioners…

Addressing Symptoms: Mania

Mania can seem like the best high in the world. Mania is all intoxicating. Mania can make you believe and buy into fantasies of all shapes, sizes and forms. During a manic episode, you can transcend historical points of reference and religious symbolism/iconography prescribed…

Addressing Symptoms: The Birth of the Delusional System and Bizarre Thoughts (Fixed & Solvent)

Delusions put the crazy in madness and mental health disorders. This means, simply, when we think he or she is “out there” and “nuts” it’s delusional systems that we are referring to within a persons larger set of symptoms. Delusions carve out the imaginary…

Our Community & Mental Health

Where we live, grow up, work, and spend our time impacts our chances for success and ultimately survival in the world. Ever hear the expression: Person versus environment. It is an age-old debate on whether certain aspects of our success and/or failures is due…

Audio, Visual & Tactile Hallucinations: The Violent Collision of the Subconscious With Reality

One of the most canonical features or symptoms of mental illness is the hallucination. There are many known presentations of hallucinations. Some of them are one voice or noise. It can seem like it is exterior to our body or it can sound internal….

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 new strategies to cope with new symptoms in their mental health or situations in…

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, and new unexplored situations. Knowing yourself, and how to balance and regulate your moods…

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 hospitalization. It is not intended to override the guidance of your treatment team. As…

Psychotic Break Survival Skill Kit: Moderate Impairment

Psychosis has a pattern and habit of evolving into something more elaborate and complex to unravel and make sense of for the person experiencing the symptom. As your psychosis worsens or levels off as a fixed delusional system as a more manageable impairment you…

Psychotic Break Survival Skill Kit: Mild Impairment

Have you been diagnosed as having a psychotic disorder or being treated for psychosis? Are you prepared for your psychosis to worsen? Begin preparing yourself for the worst when you are first diagnosed. This means getting to know how your psychotic symptoms impact you…

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 or maybe so traumatized they would rather not remember the experience altogether. There are…

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 hospital. Our anxieties can not only get out of hand for us personally, but…

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 way of coping with their diagnosis despite the severity and chronicity of their symptoms….