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Holiday Stress and Sense-Based Mindfulness

November 17, 2022
a grinning woman takes a deep breath above a mug during the holiday season

by Sheila O’Shea The holidays are a joyous time for many, but they can also be stressful. Cooking huge amounts of food, meeting with crowds of family and friends, the pressure to make everything perfect, the list goes on. Mindfulness—especially sense-based mindfulness—can be helpful in easing holiday stress when dealing with hectic situations. However, focusing…

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6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

November 14, 2022
holiday social activity

Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail CBT Recovery Track Assistant Director, Nicole Casey, shares tips on ways to stay connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. 1. Plan ahead and reach out. If this is your first holiday…

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What People Don’t Get About Chronic Depression

November 7, 2022
a man sits with his arms crossed looking out a window on a rainy day

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate “Why don’t you just get over it?” That question, and variations on it, are the bane of those of us with chronic depression. Believe me, I would love to get over it but just like you don’t flip on the happy emotions I don’t switch off the…

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The Top 3 Ways I’ve Been Supported

October 24, 2022
an illustration of a man sitting in the palm of a supportive hand

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It’s shocking what a text message or an email can do for my mood. Since I told my friend group a month ago about the resurgence of my depression, the amount of unexpected well-wishes has truly blown me away. Some came from friends of mine that I…

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How to Make a To-Do List Work for Handling Mental Illness

October 1, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea One of the things Skyland Trail gave me when I was there was structure. After losing my job due to a mixed episode that sent me to a mental hospital, my life threatened to slide in a very aimless direction. The regular schedule of classes and activities helped stabilize things, and one…

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Do I Have to Take Medications to Manage My Mental Illness?

August 5, 2022
two psychiatric medication capsules stack vertically with a question mark in front

The decision of whether or not to take psychiatric medication is ultimately a decision for the patient to make in partnership with their physician. Decisions informed by the current foundation of research on best practices in prescribing, patient education, and adherence strategies will yield the best long-term outcomes for patients and likely prevent adverse reactions and side effects that make some people skeptical about the utility of psychopharmacology.

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One Way To Stay Productive While Managing Mental Illness

June 6, 2022
an image of hands holding a pick and hammer tools used to etch stone

By Sheila O’Shea There’s a New Yorker cartoon from a long time ago that depicts a sculptor at work. The statue is the stylized figure of a woman with her gaze fixed upward, and it is large enough that the sculptor needs a ladder to work on it. Just below where he holds his hammer…

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Addressing the Teen Mental Health Crisis

May 25, 2022
CDC's Dr. Deb Houry on stage at podium presenting slides about protecting youth mental health

As part of the 2022 Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture, mental health experts discuss the teen mental health crisis and what people, schools, and systems can do to protect youth mental health.

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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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Managing Your Depression During The Holidays

November 17, 2021
A man in a red shirt wearing a red santa hat that is covering his face

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It seems the holidays are annual events that conspire to derail any progress made against my depression. Shorter days mean I get less sunlight. Colder mornings mean it is that much more difficult to extricate myself from the warm sheets. Worst of all though, is the forced…

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