How To Be More Confident: Ditch Your Ego And Trust Yourself
Confidence is about having faith in yourself and your abilities
Confidence is about having faith in yourself and your abilities
Remission in symptoms can be life-changing.
Introduction This blog explores why it is essential to distinguish between the person and the diagnosis when discussing mental health. When diagnosed with a mental health condition, it is easy to forget that a person is behind the diagnosis. Clinical diagnosis can lead to misconceptions and negative attitudes […]
You are the expert on your lived experience
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More importantly, are you experiencing symptoms of psychosis?
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Background: I have been a consumer of mental health services for a litany of diagnoses including but not limited to NPD. With this said, this presentation is intended to explore existing definitions of NPD and offer additional insight into other possible treatment pathways for people seeking support and […]
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