Wellness Wordworks Founder Corinna West Maintains for Mental and Physical Wellness
In many ways, I was responsible for my breakdown. I did not take good care of my mental and physical wellness. My life and work were out of balance. When I got tired and depressed, instead of rest and recreation, I trusted medical professionals to “find and fight the disease.”
I frequently worked long hours, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much coffee to stay awake. I neglected my family and personal life.
In my office. it was a badge of honor to work late at night and
Continue reading Anonymous – After Medical Treatment for My Breakdown, I Fear My Mental and Physical Wellness Might Not Come Back
Undiagnosing Emotional Distress as an alternative approach for mental illness seems to be the issue.
I attended a presention by the DBT guru at my local community mental health center. DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a type of mental health talk therapy treatment that focuses on mindfulness or being in the moment, tolerating distress, and developing people skills. The founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan, is a person who is herself in recovery from mental health diagnoses. She recently shared her story for the first time in the New York Times.
The pillowcase project from Fulton State Hospital in Missouri where
Continue reading Anonymous – My epiphany on DBT, Trauma, and Undiagnosing Emotional Distress
Mental health advocacy is much more complex than most people want to admit.
Recently it has become fashionable in mental health civil rights communities to bash NAMI. It’s almost reflexive, “They take drug money.” Well, they’re working on it.
Yes, NAMI has harmed many people. But they have also helped many people, and the harm they have done was, for the most part, unintentional. Some NAMI people, not all, are looking for answers. When we reflexively bash their mental health advocacy efforts, it’s hard to keep a conversation going.
Corinna West talking to Tomas Hernandez from NAMI Kansas City
Continue reading NAMI has two sides to their story; we all do.