How Hope Affects Your Health and 5 Ways to Build It

How Hope Affects Your Health and 5 Ways to Build It Uncertainty of the pandemic and its long-lasting effects can leave little hope. “It’s very common that when we’re faced with multilevel challenges in terms of finances, health, lifestyle, relationships, and just living in the pandemic, that we have to dig deeper and work

By |2021-04-26T10:41:03-08:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Bipolar Delusions

Delusions are beliefs that aren’t based on reality. During a delusion, you might believe that you’re close friends with a famous musician you’ve never met or that you’re leading the country’s space program. Having delusions can be a condition of its own, called delusional disorder. They also can occur during the manic or depressive

By |2021-04-21T12:16:32-08:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Zoomed: My Experience with Online Group Therapy

Every weekday, I sit at the child-sized desk in my daughter’s old room, plug in my laptop’s charger, put my headphones in, and place my water bottle on a coaster. Underneath the desk’s writing surface, the obsolete keyboard tray bruises my thighs, kicking off the discomfort of the next four hours. In my pandemic

By |2021-04-14T07:52:57-08:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Clinging to Hope During My Son’s Battle with Addiction

On the top shelf of my closet is a shoebox wrapped in striped, metallic wrapping paper. What’s inside are pieces of notebook paper written to my son, Michael, when he was going through addiction. These notes not only have words of encouragement on them, but were also an exercise for me in letting go

By |2021-03-23T09:53:27-08:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

He’s Not a Criminal, He’s in Crisis

I facilitate a peer-led support group called the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for Black men. The men who attend the group have all been accused of felonies. They also have all been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD and depression. Some do not believe they have a

By |2021-03-23T09:44:20-08:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Black History Month: Writing This Triggers My Anxiety

By Brooke Johnson This year, I decided to write about Black History Month. Naturally, I get excited when I can talk about my personal experiences to help people understand the bigger picture. However, as I started to write a title for this blog, I could feel my heart rate rise, my hands begin to

By |2021-02-26T10:11:54-08:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Why Your Brain Feels Broken

I don’t know how else to put it, but lately it seems like my brain is broken. I’m not functioning with the mental quickness I’m used to. I find myself struggling to locate words I want to use, like “vigilant” (it took me a full day to remember it). Sometimes when I’m especially tired

By |2021-02-25T13:02:36-08:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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