On Wednesday night, we will be discussing schizophrenia, an uncommon yet often very debilitating disorder. Our president will share some personal experiences and an overview of the current research and classification of the disorder. See you all there at 7pm in SC 201! 💚
Life can throw a lot of different emotional things. Things that at times we don’t think we can get through it. I wanted to send this compassionate reminder to anyone going through a difficult time right now.
Please love yourself, be gentle with yourself and remind yourself you are doing the best you can in your current circumstances.
Be kind to yourself and if right now means resting then do so, we don’t always need to be busy moving.
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Mental-illness stigma is all around us, especially on television and in movies where people with psychosis are routinely portrayed as serial killers or worse. Consider one of the most iconic comic-book villains of all time, the Joker. The late Heath Ledger garnered widespread praise, and won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, for his portrayal, in 2008’s The Dark Knight, of a character he described as “a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown.” Schizophrenic? Now that's a joke. (And while we’re at it, psychiatrists aren’t treated much better on screen: Hannibal Lecter? Really?)As if the media portrayal of those with mental illness isn’t bad enough, mental illness has been exploited as a Halloween attraction through the years. Take the amusement-park attraction called “Fear VR: 5150” at Knott’s Berry Farm that centered around the “insane asylum cum horror show” trope. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez recently described how Ron Thomas—the father of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year old man with mental illness who was killed by police in 2011—visited the attraction and left saddened, politely calling it “inappropriate” and “so insensitive.” In response to the public outcry, Knott’s Berry Farm closed the attraction—and Six Flags New England shut down its “Psycho-Path Haunted Asylum” as well. But shuttering a few amusement-park attraction only gets us so far, because the Halloween fetishization of mental illness isn’t just something exploited by corporate America—it’s something we all risk playing a part in because of how entrenched the belief is that mental illness, like some zombie virus, is likely to turn ordinary folks into murderous monsters.
Not convinced? Look no further than Amazon.com to see the ubiquity of Halloween costumes playing on stereotypes of mental illness. Bottom line these costumes only fuel the stigma and it must end.
Not that complaining about your situation will do you good... But does anyone else hear classmates / co-workers moan about how miserable they feel because they have a cough or blocked nose or something? And when they do they always get sympathy from the people around them. Yet if you say how miserable you are because of mental illness you get eye rolls or people saying they're 'busy.' When did we as a society get our priority's so wrong? How come people get the 'poor you' treatment for as something as minor as a cold but people who talk about mental illness are labelled attention seekers? Has the mental health stigma really brainwashed into believing it? Or are we just programmed in a way that we can and can't talk about certain things. Maybe our minds are not our own. Scary thought.
Nebulizing glutathione weekly is keeping my brain healthy and happy. 🧠 .
As a former sufferer of chronic anxiety and OCD, check out the next post detailing how I beat back the creep of anxious thoughts by healing my metabolism. 🍓 because the brain and body really do come as a package deal!
#heyyyy this is #hella#sad there's people out there really struggling in a way most people will never understand, #FAMILY#friends , #loved#ones..... for dude it started at 14...... Maybe you can do something for someone you care about but don't know how.... They think they're #alone#losing#themselves ... Some people will even exploit it, call em fools or worse to exploit the severe misdiagnosis of #schizophrenia How will friends or family know what's really going on, especially when the exploitation has been going on for a decade, for this man it's been decades.
It was costing me my peace. My job. Marketing has never been my passion, helping people has. So, a while back, I made the decision to go back to school for school counseling. Today, I made the decision to put in my two weeks and quit my job. I was so extremely nervous, but it was the right thing to do. And it went fine! My HR Director was very understanding. You have to do whats in your best interest. You have to do what makes you happy...and do it now, or you’ll always wonder, “what if?”. I’m so excited to embark on this new journey and see where it takes me! I can’t wait to be a guidance counselor and finally have a rewarding job.
In this study, patients who were able to access comprehensive “specialized care” from a multidisciplinary mental health team, with 24/7 access to care, reduced the percentage of readmissions from 51% to 33%.
On October 16, 2018, the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists deemed me fit and made lil ol me a fully Licensed Mental Health Therapist!
Board Certified. State Licensed.
Shoutout to all the armchair ig “therapists!” 😆
3 years of grad school coursework
1 year of internship/ practicum
3 years of post-masters supervised work
7 years of sacrifices, a ton of tears, self-doubts, sleepless nights, weight gain, heartbreaks, wanting to give up, questioning my purpose... The journey was not “fun” at all but it has been worth it. The true work (and MONEY 😏) begins here.
There are so many people who have supported me on this journey since it began in 2011 and the love doesn’t go unnoticed! Most importantly, I made 14 year old Sombum proud and for that, I am fulfilled.
Everyone, no matter what it is you’re struggling with, keep going. The world needs you. “You are living for someone, whether you believe it or not.” 💚
Sommer T Henry, LPC, NCC