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  1. Mixed Support Groups

    [Info Sheet]

    When a member of a family is diagnosed with a mental illness, that person and the rest of their family is usually in need of support. While others in the family, and friends, can provide advice and a shoulder to lean on, very often that is not enough. ...

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  2. Body Image and Physical Activity

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    For many women, the body doesn't always seem like a very safe place. This can be especially true for those coping with issues of mental health and addictions. In some of these cases, it seems safer to numb bodily sensations than to fully experience a ...

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  3. The Church as Supporter

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    “Marja,” my friend Helen said, as she fixed her eyes firmly on mine, “no matter what you do or what you say, I’ll always love you.” Her words touched me deeply. How I needed to hear that! I had been depressed for a while, feeling ashamed and worthless. Al ...

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  4. Visions- Medications

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    PDF | Vol. 4, No. 2 (2007) Medications are often a double-edged sword. They can lift symptoms of mental illness or addiction so that people can feel well enough to do all the other hard work needed for recovery. But, they also present a host of complex ch ...

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  5. Editor's Message: Medications

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    I never knew him, but my granduncle was institutionalized for ‘melancholia’ in the 1920s or 30s. His depression left him catatonic toward the end of his life and he never left that facility. When, 75 years later, I needed psychotropic medication as part o ...

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  6. Medications for Mental Illness

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    In 1996, two Harvard researchers with the World Health Organization (WHO) published a landmark book, The Global Burden of Disease. 1 For the first time, the cost of illness was estimated using disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), which is the sum of ye ...

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  7. Medications Glossary

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    Disclaimer: These definitions are adapted from ones found in key literature in the field. We hope they will help readers outside the medications field to better understand some of the terms used in this issue. They are purposely brief and in plain languag ...

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  8. All About Benzos

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    Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a type of medication that “depresses” or slows down your central nervous system†. Benzos include tranquilizers and sleeping pills. In the medical world, they are called sedatives or anxiolytic agents. ...

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  9. From Happenstance to Targeted Investigation

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    The early development of medications for mental illness involved more luck than formal scientific method. It’s surprising how many of these medications have been discovered by chance. ...

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  10. To Take or Not to Take?

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    A Google search on “patient compliance” generates 5.5 million returns in 0.13 seconds. This speaks to the enormous concern of doctors, health care workers and patients about following treatment programs. From taking medications, to following through on re ...

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