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Practicing Mindfulness Through The Senses

April 25, 2022
a woman takes a deep breath to smell the fresh cup of coffee in her mug while near a window with plentiful sun

By Sheila O’Shea I have a lot of mindfulness techniques in my mental toolbox that I use to handle my bipolar disorder, particularly the depressive ends of it. I refined my knowledge of mindfulness meditation at Skyland Trail, and I have a few methods that I came up with on my own. Mindfulness In Hearing…

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Caffeine and Mental Health

March 1, 2022
coffee cup from above with foam in the shape of a brain

Discover the effects of caffeine on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders.

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The Wrong Thing: The Hazards of Misdiagnosis

January 28, 2022
an image of a wooden square block on top of a piece of wood with round holes to signify putting a square peg in a round hole.

By Sheila O’Shea [Trigger warning: suicidal ideation] I knew it wasn’t Attention Deficit Disorder. I went through a battery of tests for ADD—pointing at pictures of aliens and reciting their names, holding a metal rod steady so it wouldn’t touch the inside of a metal ring, filling out questionnaires—and the doctor concluded that I didn’t…

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The Brain and the Body: How Mental Health and Physical Health Are Connected

February 9, 2021
a graphic showing the brain and dna

In order to fully understand how to best treat mental illness, we must first understand the factors that can cause mental illness, specifically the balance between nature and nurture. It’s important to remember that psychiatric conditions are medical problems that deserve the same kind of attention, research, and treatment as any physical ailment. What Causes…

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Sleep and Brain Health

June 26, 2019
man sleeping 8 hours a night

By: Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer We all struggle through times when sleep is in short supply: when college exams, a new baby, or a financial worry prevent us from getting a peaceful night’s rest. But research continues to uncover the consequences of regularly missing out on healthy sleep and…

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Comparing Bipolar Disorder vs Borderline Personality Disorder

March 20, 2018
bipolar disorder vs borderline personality disorder

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are two mental illnesses that can cause significant disability and disruption in someone’s life. Despite being commonly grouped together or even used interchangeably in movies, TV, and other pop culture references, they are two separate and distinct illnesses that have different diagnostic criteria and require different treatments. Find out more about how…

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Onset of Mental Illness: First Signs and Symptoms in Young Adults

March 14, 2018
young adults and mental illness

You may think that once you’re out of high school, you’re finished growing up. Physically, you’re probably as tall as you will ever get, and from this point forward, you may remain the same overall size throughout much of your adult life. Whether you head off to college or out to make your own way…

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A Positive Outlook on Living With Bipolar Disorder

August 25, 2017

People rarely view psychiatric conditions in a positive light. In the U.S. and other countries worldwide, mental illness carries a stigma. Social and perceived stigmas impact people diagnosed with a psychiatric condition in significant ways. In the U.S., fewer than half of adults with a psychiatric disorder sought out health services in the past year, which help…

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3 Categories of Mental Illnesses Treated at Skyland Trail

October 1, 2015
DSM-5 diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

1. Mood Disorders Mood disorders include an array of illnesses characterized by shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, among others. They often cause disability and, because they are linked to suicide, can be life-threatening. Major depression is the most common mood disorder. Between 7 and…

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