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Excerpt From Ruby Wax's "What's So Funny About Mental Illness?"

Excerpt from Ruby Wax’s, “What’s So Funny About Mental Illness?”

One in 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 weren't right.

Everyone Grieves Differently

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.

Do You Own Your Self Esteem?

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 with Mental Health Issues Drop Out

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.

Symptoms of Depression

Common Symptoms of Depression
 
Physical
  • 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

Behavioral/Attitude
  • 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
 
Emotional
  • depressed mood-this can mean feeling down, irritable, pessimistic, guilty, anxious, empty, etc.

Did you know you become what you think about?

"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.
 
(Yoga Philosophy)