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Having a Mental illness & College

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 5:00pm

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Suicide Prevention
College is meant to be a time in which you explore what it is exactly that you wish to study as well as the possibility of changing your major.

Socializing can be very challenging depending on the cultural environment of your college. Some colleges & universities tend to have a rigorous tradition in which it may be very difficult for students to adapt to such an environment.


That is why, before you even begin going to the college, first investigate the college, not like Sherlock Holmes but more like a snoopy little kitten in search for new place to rest its mind. I'm using a cat as a metaphor here because in many cultures cats are believed to symbolize good luck & even safety. The kitten here should illustrate the calm in sanctuary in which you seek to find within your campus.

Look around the campus & ask yourself:

• Can I make friends here?

• How safe do I feel here to express myself?

• What sort o…

Coping Skills for Distress

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The trigger of trauma can strike you at anytime it can be environmental, the temperature, a sound, something sudden.. Anything can trigger a flight-or-fight reaction. Trauma & depression can go hand in hand. If you have PTSD with depression recovery is much more specialized to cater your needs in nurturing the wounds in your mind. You begin to feel heavy muscle tension or even feel stuck with the inability to move, let alone flex a muscle.  In turn with the physiological effects of frozen muscle tension, you may also experience cognitive distortions such overgeneralization and jumping to conclusions such as mind-reading and fortune telling. 


Dealing wi…

Mindfully Tolerating Change

There will be a stage in life in which you are required to accept change whether you want to or not.
Whatever it is, adjusting to the change may be difficult & even mentally, emotionally & physically distressing. Here are some tips on managing self-care with the help & support from your therapist.


Accepting Change
Change can be very difficult to accept.
Adapting is not easy.
Adjusting to changes can be difficult.
The most challenging is, changing yourself.
One of the most difficult is, understanding at which stage of the change model you're in:


The Model of Change
uninterested in change >> considering change >> planning change >> acting on & maintaining change


Applying Mindfulness to Adapting
Adapting to changes does not have to be difficult.
You can manage the transitioning phase by incorporating daily self-care habits which
may eventually become routine in taking care of yourself as you begin to accept change.
My recommendation is using a journal to help yo…

The Six Types of Changes

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Change can be very difficult for some, especially if you have a difficult time adjusting to a change. Whether the change is by choice or something you just have to accept, it may not always be easy.

Inspiring yourself to be brave enough to be mindful of a change may encourage you to accept the challenge & its complexity. Change can be complex & challenging, however, a fact-based understanding through observation of the situation at that very moment or news of an upcoming change gives you time to plan & prepare for what is to come or what the outcomes may be if there is a limited time to sort through the change.


So what are the six types of changes?

Cognitive Change:the way you think change the way you think about something or how you think in general; for example, if you're always thinking negatively or feeling as though you are being victimized, it may be helpful to understand where such feelings & interpretations are coming from

-- for example, if you were raised i…

How to Choose the Right Service Plan

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Mental health recovery isn't always easy but if you have had a mental illness almost all or half of your life it is important that you accept that you have a mental illness.



Create Recovery Centered Goals
Clearly identify your goals & strategically establish the steps in which you can make your ultimate goal into much smaller achievable goals.

Remind yourself that accomplishing these goals will help you gain a greater quality of life.

Your mental illness is not a barrier but it can be challenging when symptoms occur or if triggers are present & cause mental instability or lack of self-control. In this case it is important that you evaluate your symptoms & the presence of the triggers followed by assessing & evaluating a plan.



What does an effective service plan contain?
An effective service plan contains:

• A professional mental health evaluation
• Proper, non-discriminating & professional assessment of your mental illness
• Your choice of requested services for …

Mental Health Services Explained

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Mental Health Care Services

What are some quality mental health services for women that your insurance may cover?
First, lets begin with the various forms of health-care plans as you may need to register for health insurance in order to qualify for free or low-cost mental health services.
You can inquire about health care service options with Public Health Solutions which is based in various locations within New York City & collaborates with many organizations to help you get screened for health insurance coverage. You can choose which health insurance plan fits you best & either qualify for low-cost enrollment fees or free health insurance.

Once you have enrolled in a health care plan, you can decide which mental health services work best for you, & these are some forms of therapy:

• Dialectic Behavioral Therapy or DBT

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

• Psychotherapy

• Psychoanalytical Therapy

• Family Therapy

• Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

& many more, yo…