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Be a member of your own treatment team!

Treating your depression and bipolar disorder is ideally a joint effort between you and your doctor(s) that often involves both medication and talk therapy. Decisions made in partnership with your treatment providers are called “shared decision making.” It is the model of patient centered care, a process where the clinician and you as the patient work together to make decisions, select diagnostic tests, treatments and care plans based on clinical evidence while balancing the risks[…]

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Staying in the game – what it takes to not give up

I was walking through the hills of the Berkshires with a psychologist friend recently and we got to talking about what it takes to keep going in life.  When things get difficult and you can’t find your way.  How is it that some people seem to persevere and others wither away in their distress? We came to the conclusion that it’s important to just stay in the game.  To not give up on yourself or[…]

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Families Fractured By Mental Illness

A diagnosis of mental illness like anxiety or a mood disorder in one family member affects the whole family.  It might bring a strain on relationships and can be wearing on the entire family in addition to the effects it has on the individual.  These responses are not intentional; they usually arise because of differences in understanding what a mental illness is and how to best deal with it.  But it can lead to fractures[…]

Posted in For Caretakers, Living with Depression, Stressors | 1 Response

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