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The Holiday season can be tough for many people, but especially difficult for individuals and family with mental illness. So many factors can cause misunderstandings and confusion outside even physical symptoms.
Margaret and I talk about two perspectives of parent and child on how to support and work through some common situations faced by families during the holidays.
Take away some tips on how to make the Christmas season more of a supportive, empathetic and caring environment for the whole family.
How do you become a mental health advocate? How do you break down stigma surrounding mental illness? How do you start to heal, love, and accept yourself with a mental illness?
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Mental illness makes us feel SO alone sometimes. What you don't know is that hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same way that you do with some of the same symptoms! There is so much healing and power in connecting with individuals who have experienced mental illness. You don't ever have to be or feel alone with your experience.
Also, you don't have to have a mental illness to be an advocate! Do you support better care for mental health? Do you have empathy and compassion for the topic of mental health? Speak up and let people know you support others in their mental illness challenges and you will be an advocate as well!
Ro Vitale and Chrissie Hodges, both advocates for mental health share their experiences of how powerful sharing their personal stories changed their lives and others.
Thank you for the support and courage to share your own journey!
An unexpected turn in our conversation has co-host, Tim Blue and myself talking about the challenges of personal stigma that we face when we are diagnosed with a mental illness. How is it that all is lost about what we believe we are and what we could be just by a simple diagnosis? Check out our show and hear our thoughts on the topic!
Pierson is officially the youngest guest ever appearing on my show! I cannot imagine the lives he is going to change as he spreads advocacy and awareness so early in his life and career. I have met many brave people on this show, but Pierson by far exceeds the courage and passion for wanting to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Please join me as I talk to Pierson and his mom about his life with OCD and Tourette's Syndrome, how he stays motivated, and what his plans are for future advocacy.
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Willpower has been defined as the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals. Isn’t it just self-control by another name? Nope… according to this week’s expert guest on The Autoimmune Hour on Life Interrupted Radio.
Willpower expert Colin Robertson helps us decode willpower and why it’s a powerful place to tap when you have a chronic illness. As a researcher of performance psychology, he will share with you the cutting-edge research on how to focus your mind, withstand temptation and reclaim your health and life. You will learn how to create the habit of health with his easy to implement techniques on:
How to set yourself up to succeed
Why creating the right environment is imperative
Easy ways to overcome even the hardest days
What to do when the Zeignarik Effect intervenes
How to stay powerful, positive and resourceful
Listen to the latest Autoimmune Hour podcast at www.LifeInterruptedRadio.com/Willpower this Friday February 5th at 7PM EST
About Colin Robertson
Colin Robertson is a researcher of performance psychology and spent the last 5 years researching the science behind how some of the world's greatest heroes achieved their success. He writes about and teaches the science of willpower that these heroes used to dream big, overcome obstacles, and persevere through hard times. As a special gift to The Autoimmune Hour on Life Interrupted Radio listeners, Colin is offering his free Ebook - Know Thy Will - that will help you learn even more about how to use you willpower. http://www.willpowered.co/know-thy-will
It's hard enough having romantic relationships WITHOUT a mental illness!? Ever wonder what it is like to try to have a 'normal' relationship while living with a monstrous disorder in your brain? Tim Blue and I will talk about some of the difficulties as well as some good advice on how to navigate relationships with mental illness (hopefully successfully!!)
Jennifer Hill from the Colorado Mental Wellness Network will also be joining to talk about their services here in Colorado as well as their upcoming fundraiser!
Mental illness is rough on relationships of any kind, especially on couples. “The stress level often stretches into a crisis mode, in which managing the illness becomes, for all intents and purposes, the sole function of the relationship.”
“The mental illness has a way of directing the functionality and dynamic of the relationship, rather than the individuals involved. Nevertheless we have to remember that the people involved in the relationship have the ultimate control.
Join me, MSKeepItMoving and my special cohost, Michael “QuietStorm” Walton as we discuss the strain Mental Illness can put on your relationships. Get some tips on how you can maintain a healthy relationship rather than being consumed and controlled by Mental Illness.
Dial into the show from where ever you are. The number is (773)897-6470 or click the link below to listen online. Join us and bring someone with you.
Oftentimes we focus so much on the individual suffering with mental illness, we tend to overlook the impact it has on our families. Family deals with stigma, suffering, and pain as well and often feels helpless with their loved one and within the system. Their voices are JUST as important as the individual stories of triumph over mental illness.
Today, Eunice Brownlee will join me and talk about what it is like to have a father who lives with bipolar disorder. She has not only become HIS advocate, but a powerful voice in the advocacy movement for mental health.
Please join me as I talk to Eunice about how she defines her role as a child of someone with bipolar but has to play the role of an authority figure in his life to get what he needs in the system.
Much thanks to Eunice and all she does in our movement.
As part of celebrating the collaboration of advocacy on www.overcomingocd.net with Shannon Shy and Lyndsee Hargett, we are hosting a call in show answering questions and sharing stories about OCD and being OCD advocates!
Three types of OCD, three different experiences, three different advocacy paths---it is so great to know we are not alone!
Eating Disorders are often stigmatized and even 'envied' by individuals who do not understand the severity and misery they cause the sufferer.
Kate will talk to us today about the reality of living in the hell of the eating disorder, bulimia. It's not just about being thin!
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