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How My Experience in Treatment Launched My Career in Psychiatric Nursing
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How My Experience in Treatment Launched My Career in Psychiatric Nursing

"Because of my personal experience with psychiatric treatment, I think this work comes naturally to me."

Syrena’s journey with Schizoaffective Disorder
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Syrena’s journey with Schizoaffective Disorder

Learning to paddle: my journey from nowhere to somewhere (and everywhere in between)
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Learning to paddle: my journey from nowhere to somewhere (and everywhere in between)

My spiraling anxiety, the worst case scenario specialist, was my mind’s attempt to brace me for what could happen. And while I appreciated its effort, what it was failing to do was help me deal with what was actually happening.

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Ambar looks to the future

"I have a whole team behind me who wants to help me go to school, help me go to work, help me get out of bed in the morning when I can't. Today, I have a lot more hope that I can live a full life. Even if days are hard, my future is in my control now."

How finding my passion helped me find strength after experiencing psychosis

How finding my passion helped me find strength after experiencing psychosis

How to Tell Your Parents You Need Mental Health Care
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How to Tell Your Parents You Need Mental Health Care

No matter what you’re going through, you deserve to feel better.

Spring Cleaning, Inside and Out
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Spring Cleaning, Inside and Out

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. -Herman Hesse

Early Treatment Saved My Life
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Early Treatment Saved My Life

I had psychosis when I was 20. Early treatment saved my life.

12 Tips for Living Well With Schizophrenia
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12 Tips for Living Well With Schizophrenia

There are few experiences as inspiring as hearing about someone who has gone through what you have gone through.

Carlos: My Story of Strength
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Carlos: My Story of Strength

I took the reins of my own recovery

How a Student with Psychosis Can Succeed at College
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How a Student with Psychosis Can Succeed at College

Her decision to seek treatment with the support of her school was a huge step forward.

The Importance of Asking for Help
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The Importance of Asking for Help

I learned that I was still myself, and that asking for help didn’t mean that I was weak.

Home Design Strategies for Improved Mental Health
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Home Design Strategies for Improved Mental Health

The appearance, location and decor of an environment can promote feelings of happiness, creativity and even connectedness.

Our Study Finds Google Search Can Encourage Help-Seeking for Psychosis
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Our Study Finds Google Search Can Encourage Help-Seeking for Psychosis

Message for Teens Struggling with Mental Health from a Teen Who’s Been There: Don’t Lose Hope
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Message for Teens Struggling with Mental Health from a Teen Who’s Been There: Don’t Lose Hope

This goes beyond people who have [psychosis]. If you are a person in the world right now, reach out to those around you. - Lauren from Living Well With Schizophrenia

When It Comes To Mental Health Care, We Are Not All Equal
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When It Comes To Mental Health Care, We Are Not All Equal

The report found not only great disparity in the ability to access to care across the states, but enormous room for improvement even at the top of the ranks.

Mental health as a pink ribbon illness: Will we get there?
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Mental health as a pink ribbon illness: Will we get there?

Advocates including Saddleback pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, who lost their son to depression in 2013, continued to push for its closure [5150: Fear VR at Knott's Berry Farm].

Will Congress Pass Mental Health Reform Legislation? It’s Up To Us.
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Will Congress Pass Mental Health Reform Legislation? It’s Up To Us.

Together, we can make a difference!

Recovery From Psychosis Isn’t Easy, But You Will Make It. I did.
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Recovery From Psychosis Isn’t Easy, But You Will Make It. I did.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that psychosis is not the end of the world. You can and will do great things if you put your mind to it. If I can do it, you can too.  -Mike Hedrick

Why Substance Abuse Worsens Your Mental Health
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Why Substance Abuse Worsens Your Mental Health

I researched for months trying to find reading material from a teenager like me, who could explain how they managed and coped in everyday life

Don’t Let Stigma Get in the Way of Your Recovery
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Don’t Let Stigma Get in the Way of Your Recovery

You’re stronger than you think you are.

There’s No Time Limit on the Road to Recovery
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There’s No Time Limit on the Road to Recovery

It’s taken me a while to realize this, but there’s no time limit on recovery. It’s been a year, and I’m still readjusting. I still need to talk with my psychiatrist, family and friends.

How Obamacare Helped Me Make it to Graduation
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How Obamacare Helped Me Make it to Graduation

I encourage you to learn about how Obamacare affected your family members and community and call to share that information with your elected representatives.

Inside an Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic
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Inside an Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic

Everything that we do at EPIC is patient and recovery-oriented. That means that we want people to get back to doing all of the things that they were doing prior to any of this happening.

7 Facts About Exercise and Brain Health
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7 Facts About Exercise and Brain Health

Turns out that while we’re sweating calories away in the park or yoga class, our brain is arming itself against depression and anxiety, forming new neurons and improving its function.

Digital Intervention Pilot Results: Infographic
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Digital Intervention Pilot Results: Infographic

Strong 365 identifies people in the early stages of a mental health concern and uses digital ads (i.e. Google search ads) to connect them to specialized treatment in their communities.

Leave No Stone Unturned
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Leave No Stone Unturned

My next endeavor is to create an intensive outpatient space specific to schizophrenia. Then, essentially, once I tackle that hurdle that leaves us with no stone left unturned in terms of age and acuity.

Mental health as a pink ribbon illness: Will we get there?
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Mental health as a pink ribbon illness: Will we get there?

We learned that we can indeed successfully identify people seeking help for psychosis via targeted search engine marketing and social media ads.

The Moment I Decided To Take Control Of My Recovery
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The Moment I Decided To Take Control Of My Recovery

Psychosis isn’t something that just gets cured. On a couple of occasions I’ve had stays in secure hospital units but everything has a purpose, an opportunity to learn. Every step I took was a step forward to recovery.

3 Prescriptions For Self Care When Stress Takes Its Toll
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3 Prescriptions For Self Care When Stress Takes Its Toll

There’s no shame in feeling deeply affected by what’s going on in our world — in fact, it’s a sign of compassion, and a first step toward action.

Teen Calls for Mental Health Education in High School
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Teen Calls for Mental Health Education in High School

The Wilmington Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 12.5% of students reported having hurt or injured themselves on purpose in the past 12 months. That is about 100 in this very building.

Accepting Yourself Through ACT
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Accepting Yourself Through ACT

Though that might sound weird, if you think about it, many of us are not kind to ourselves and may even be resentful of our critical thoughts.

Maintaining Your Self-Worth in the Age of Social Media
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Maintaining Your Self-Worth in the Age of Social Media

When a person is bombarded with the achievements of his or her peers, comparing oneself to others becomes almost unavoidable

Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Psychosis
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Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Psychosis

Psychosis affects the brain’s ability to perceive reality.

Getting Help at the Right Time Helped Me Stay in School, Become an Advocate for Others
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Getting Help at the Right Time Helped Me Stay in School, Become an Advocate for Others

“It’s really been a long road, but I found it to be healing over time to talk about it.”

Navigating Psychosis: Things Do Get Better
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Navigating Psychosis: Things Do Get Better

There were times when I wasn’t sure who I was or what would happen next, but in hindsight I can say with certainty that things do get better, especially when families stick together.

Fast and Without Too Much Sadness
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Fast and Without Too Much Sadness

One second, I am the great hibernationist. The next a hummingbird, with two heartbeats and a mouth full of language

Staying Strong through the COVID-19 Crisis
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Staying Strong through the COVID-19 Crisis

“This goes beyond people who have [psychosis]. If you are a person in the world right now, reach out to those around you.” - Lauren from Living Well With Schizophrenia

Why Substance Abuse Worsens Your Mental Health
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Why Substance Abuse Worsens Your Mental Health

I know this from experience. I myself struggled with an addiction to painkillers, alcoholism, and depression. Fortunately, there is hope. After getting the proper dual diagnosis treatment, I’ve never been happier and healthier in my life.

How My Experience in Treatment Launched My Career in Psychiatric Nursing
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How My Experience in Treatment Launched My Career in Psychiatric Nursing

Psychiatric nurse practitioner Tiffany Martinez is using her personal experience with treatment to inform her work and studies focused on improving quality and access to mental health care in rural areas.

Our Study Finds Google Search Can Encourage Help-Seeking for Psychosis
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Our Study Finds Google Search Can Encourage Help-Seeking for Psychosis

My Journey With Schizoaffective Disorder
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My Journey With Schizoaffective Disorder

I can still remember sitting in that stiff chair asking, “What comes next?”










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