5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma, the unwarranted shame and disgrace associated with mental illness, is a serious problem affecting the estimated 61.5 million Americans who experience mental illness in any given year. Not only do these individuals struggle with the debilitating symptoms of their illness, but they also face various forms of discrimination, social prejudice, judgmental mindsets and other…

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Sentencing Options Needed for Youth with Mental Illness

Sentencing Options Needed for Youth with Mental Illness

Research indicates the human brain continues to develop throughout adolescence. In particular, the area of the brain associated with complex reasoning, thinking before acting and decision-making is not fully developed until the mid-twenties. The development of mental illness during this natural process of brain growth is an unfortunate possibility. This means that there is, at…

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Improving Teen Mental Health with Positive Psychology

Improving Teen Mental Health with Positive Psychology

The adolescent years have always been seen as a time when teens often pull away from their parents, develop their identities and assert their independence. But the unprecedented rate of depression, stress and anxiety among modern teens indicates they are facing unique challenges that require new and effective ways for improving the situation. What is…

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The Stigma of Mental Illness How Celebrities Are Helping

The Stigma of Mental Illness: How Celebrities Are Helping

For adolescents dealing with mental illness, one of the most challenging aspects can be overcoming the stigma associated with it. According to a study by the Association for Psychological Science, shame and disgrace are significant factors preventing people from seeking mental health treatment. The Problem of Mental Illness Stigma Stigma is not the only obstacle…

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Chicken and couscous salad

Chicken and couscous salad

  Chicken and couscous salad   1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 (5.7-ounce) box uncooked couscous 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 cup diced radishes 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted   Dressing:   1/4…

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4 Tips for Parenting Teens with Mental Health Issues

4 Tips for Parenting Teens with Mental Health Issues

Good parents want to help their children experience the best in life. But sometimes it is difficult to know how to help, especially during adolescence. The teen years are ordinarily challenging enough on their own, but when mental health issues are present, they are even more complicated. 1. Pay Attention to Behaviors If you begin…

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Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake

Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake

  Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake 1C Butter 2 ½ C Fresh Cranberries 1 ¾ C Sugar 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest 2 ½ C Flour 1 tsp Vanilla 2 tsp Baking Powder ¾ C Butter Milk 1 tsp Salt Preheat oven to 350 In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and lemon…

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Top Sirloin Kabobs

Top Sirloin Kabobs

Ingredients Marinade Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1/4 cup honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger Freshly ground black pepper to taste Kebab Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 1 large bell pepper 1-2 medium red onions…

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How Do I Know If I Need Help

How Do I Know If I Need Help?

Experiencing personal challenges as a teen can be painful and confusing. Some kinds of struggles are invisible to others, but they still deeply affect the way you think and feel, even how you feel about yourself. In the midst of these private battles, you may truly want help, for someone who can lend a hand and…

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What is Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that approximately one in five people in the United States—approximately 43.8 million people—experiences mental illness in a given year. Additional statistics demonstrate that substance abuse is on the rise, with 23.5 million Americans addicted to alcohol and drugs. These statistics are certainly alarming. But what happens…

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