Here are my 20 Books of 2020!
I have seen many lists in response to recent events in the U.S. Some highlight accounts/voices, to amplify Black voices. Others share mental health resources for the Black community. Lists also share educational tools (books, movies, shows, podcasts) to help educate people on topics related to racism. Below, I have gathered several of the lists [...]
If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression). Why [...]
"As far as looking for the right therapist, do remember to actually look. Too many people make the mistake of picking the first name off the list provided by their insurance company and assuming that if things aren't working with that therapist that means therapy doesn't work for them, period. Finding the right therapist takes [...]
From my experience and what I've heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I've listed 3, but there are certainly many more! One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way. Last summer, [...]
Even though vacations are meant to be relaxing, they can also be stressful, especially for someone with mental illnesses. Changing time zones, overcrowded rooms (hello, entire family in one tiny house), inability to sleep, lack of routine... the list goes on and on. So, what should you bring along with you or do? Here [...]
Black and white thinking is a thinking distortion that is exacerbated by my mental illness, bipolar disorder. The mania brings on one extreme and the depression brings about the other. Black and white thinking: "You think in absolutes, that things are either good or bad, with no middle ground. Practice thinking about the gray area [...]
It may be beneficial to identify common thinking distortions in your own thinking! These manners of thinking can become exaggerated when anxious or depressed. Once you recognize these distortions, it's easier to limit or stop these thought patterns in the future! Common thinking distortions: Black & white thinking: thinking in absolutes, things are either [...]