Out of Trauma Can Come Life-Changing Growth

In a world bombarded by wars, pandemics and civil unrest, how do individuals dealing with traumatic experiences make it through? How do they overcome the pain? There is a way through because people are resilient, and it starts with the right strategies, one called Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), where a positive change can occur in people…

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Mental Health Peer Support Specialists Will Add Boots on the Ground

“I think it will grow,” retired State Sen. Beall said optimistically. “My perception is throughout the mental health community we will have boots on the ground for mental health services, and an army of peer support that is trained.” For the first time in the state’s history, parents, peers, caregivers, and family members are being…

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CalABLE Helps Individuals On Subsidies Break Through The $2,000 Asset Limit

By Moryt Milo Simple gestures of financial kindness can end up costing someone who relies solely on government subsidies for their benefits. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) program is a way for those with a qualifying disability to achieve financial independence without worrying about breaching the $2,000 asset threshold. The program is…

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Dr. Manpreet Singh Discusses Family-Focused Psychotherapy for At-Risk Youth Vulnerable to Bipolar Disorder

By Moryt Milo When Dr. Manpreet Singh, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, talks about the future for those with bipolar disorder, she is optimistic that early intervention and prevention can change the outcome for at-risk youth. Evidence from her clinical studies shows that family-focused psychotherapy can reduce…

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Coping with the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be a time full of joy, parties and gatherings with friends and families. But the holidays can be a difficult time for many persons dealing with: Personal Grief, Loneliness, Illnesses of all Kinds, Economic Concerns, Separation From Family Members and Relationship Issues Like Separation or Divorce.   We talk…

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The Future of Mental Health, According to Tom Insel

By Moryt Milo After thirteen years as the National Institute of Mental Health Director, Tom Insel left his government job. Some might say he turned into a renegade, when Insel acknowledged that limited progress had been made to improve the lives of those with severe mental illness. “We decided, in some odd way, that the…

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Paper Spiders: A Screenplay Turns into a Cathartic Journey

The family dynamics created by mental illness are as diverse as the diseases that shape them.When Natalie Shampanier, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, tried to help her mother who began to exhibit symptoms of severe paranoia and psychosis in her 50s, Natalie’s family life became complicated.

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