from Ruby Wax’s, “What’s So Funny About Mental Illness?”
four people suffer from some sort of mental illness, I am one of the one in
four. I think I inherited it from my mother, who, use to crawl around the house
on all fours.She had two sponges in her
hand, and then she had two tied to her knees. My mother was completely
absorbent. And she would crawl around behind me going, "Who brings
footprints into a building?!" So that was kind of a clue that things
Everyone greives differently:
Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on
many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your
faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens
gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried – andthere is no “normal” timetable
for grieving.Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others,
the grieving process is measured in years.
In meeting with various clients I have discovered that those who report negative self worth concerns do not "own" their self esteem. What I mean by this is that they gather self worth from the opinions of others. Someone tells them they look nice, they then believe they are attractive and feel good about themselves. However, when someone tells them they look bad, they then believe they are unattractive and feel terrible about themselves. Do you see the problem with this?
64% of College Students wtih Mental Health Issues Drop Out
Mental health may be a larger factor in college student success than previously thought.
A majority of former students with mental illnesses dropped out for a mental-health related reason, according to a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
There were 765 respondents in the survey, all from individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition who are currently or were enrolled in college within the past five years. Of the respondents who participated in the survey, 64 percent are no longer enrolled in college.
Common Symptoms of Depression
- sleeping much more or much less than usual
- eating much more or much less than usual
- feeling fatigued, lacking energy
- frequent headaches, stomachaches, or otherwise inexplicable aches and pains
- diminished interest in and enjoyment of previously pleasurable activities, such as going out with friends, sports, hobbies, sex, etc.
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- neglecting responsibilities and personal appearance
- depressed mood-this can mean feeling down, irritable, pessimistic, guilty, anxious, empty, etc.
"What You Think, You Become"
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, as it becomes your destiny.