When Someone Asks, “Are You Okay?”: What to Say (and What Not to Say)
Are you okay?
Are you okay?
Share, feel free to disclose all aspects of your lived experience and mental health history.
Here’s the thing: having a normal life shouldn’t be the barometer of how well a person is doing in recovery.
However, my efforts were not always enough, and on two occasions, I was given rental violations due to my disorganized apartment.
Sufferers from ‘depression’ have fearful difficulties in trying to come off antidepressants because they revert to their involutional melancholia.
Asking yourself: “What issues seem to pop up consistently?”
Either we disband every manual out there in mental health, or we must only use the DSM-5
I want to introduce a concept called the Early Warning System
Are you complicit in using similar rhetoric to achieve your aim and hide your intentions?
Keep in mind everyone, anxieties, and Mental Health Issues are not death sentences.
When a person walks into a medical facility, hospital, or otherwise, they walk right past the gift shop.
Worst of all, the media shows people with mental illness as incompetent, dangerous, and undeserving, which deters everyone from understanding each other. Enough is enough!
Our evolution is not a gift bestowed by good fortune
I once understood levels of care as abstractions when sifting through a clinical grey area. I now understand each of these precious stops in the system of care as levels of hope.
William (Bill) Anthony, Director of the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Professor at Boston University has died. He was 77. Everyone does not know his name, but many of his ideas have helped people recover from Mental Wellness and Chemical/Drug Addiction and leading successful lives. Several years […]
As 2020 fast approaches, I can’t help but think its necessary to reflect on what was the most ambitious, self-directed, and awe-inspiring ten years of my life. There wasn’t a moment I would re-live, so much to celebrate, and nothing I’ll ever be able to forget. The decade […]
So, I read an article today on the Mighty titled: “I’m not high functioning- and I’m okay with that”. So, this is more complicated than it seems, to quote the article. In the DSM 4, the GAF or Global Assessment of Functioning, attempts to capture the ability of […]
Planning for the future means knowing what went wrong and why,?
The peer world is divided. Okay, so that’s not news. Either are the divisions within the mental health community on how to best advocate and push for better health care. However, are we really as divided as it seems? Or are we overlooking fundamentally important aspects about providing […]
The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy, is about discovering the beauty and profound possibilities of hope in acts of kindness, and has become a grassroots movement. Megan Murphy is the author of A Pebble For Your Thoughts and goes on to explain her work in her […]
putting “language on notice” (University on Watch, J Peters) from now until the end of time
This article was originally published in NAMI’s the Advocate Spring 2019
I have traveled all over the world. Before, after, and during my most psychotic episodes, I have been privileged in the realm of touring, traveling and seeing the world at large. After I attempted suicide in high school, my parents took me on a Caribbean cruise on a […]
The success of Contesting Admission hinged upon my ability to make such waves in the English department that my status as a student could no longer be ignored. The department was resisting and defending their decision at all costs. This resistance included their decision not only to reject […]
Handcuffed in front of my house, with broken glass from my car all over the place, I knew I had entered into a whole new phase of contesting admission. This new phase would not only take all my strength, but new mental powers which seemed to be emerging […]
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