UPDATE: Why So Many People Are Ignorant About Psych Meds They Take

Editor’s note This blog ,by Diane Engster, was first posted August 18, 2012, without documentation. As editor, I take full responsibility for the oversight, which several readers called to our attention. We are updating the blog now, with documentation.

Whenever possible, WellnessWordworks.com embeds our documentation as links in the in the text, not a list of references at the end. This enables the reader to click on the link, and look at the reference, without leaving the original page of the blog entry. In this video, Wellness Wordworks founder and creative director Corinna West discusses the importance of documenting all

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How to Make a Good New Drop-In Center

The group of us who started a new drop-in center did a tremendous amount of research before we started. First, I had lived in the community for nearly 20 years, as had many of the people in our organizing group. We did multiple focus groups asking consumers in the community what they wanted. We ended up finding two groups of consumers with different needs.

One group had already taken advantage of most of the mental health programs that existed, and wanted more than they had to offer. The other group consisted of people who basically had not been in other

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Where Is Our Mental Health Culture?

NARSAD Artworks Sells Posters by People in Recovery

I’m an oboist who just happens to have a diagnosis, but there are very very few opportunities for me to get together with others in the mental health community to make music. We should do this outside our community, but when I had an episode, I lost my ability to read and play music. A mental health culture — others who might have similar problems — would help me get it back before I try again in the larger community.

Mental Health Culture: Making Our Own Art, Music, and History

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Diane Engster: I Have Problems; I’m Not Low Functioning, Part 2 of 2

Low functioning or unhappy?

My biggest problem is finding a job that’s the right fit for where I am right now. That does not make me “low functioning.”

How would you know if this man is low functioning or just feeling bad?

I can have great energy, great focus, good ideas, etc. etc. for a certain time. Then, all of a sudden, I crash and can’t do much of anything. When the crash happens, I can’t live up to the obligations I’ve committed myself to, and that makes working on projects with other people difficult.

These crashes can come

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By Diane Engster – The Trouble with Judgmental Mental Health Words, Part 1 of 2

Mental Health Words: "SMI"

Judgmental mental health words, like “high functioning” prejudice care givers and prevent recovery when people believe and internalize them.

Stop using mental health words like “SMI” (severely mentally ill) or “high-functioning” or “low-functioning.” Sitting in judgment of others is not part of your job description. You can hardly give hope if you hold others in such low regard.

If you’re too busy passing judgment on others, applying mental health words, you won’t have time to engage them and find out their hopes and dreams and what happened to them to shatter those hopes and dreams.

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