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Suicide: About the Numbers

Our world was broken again last week by the tragic loss of two public figures to suicide, designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and sobering data on the rising rates of suicide in the United States. They report that suicide has increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016, up more than 30% in half the states, and highest[…]

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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[…]

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When Someone Refuses Treatment: What to do

When someone you love refuses to get professional treatment for their mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, this can put you as a family member in a very uncomfortable and difficult position.  You care for the person, can see that he or she needs help, and feel powerless to just stand by.  It’s a time when you cannot force treatment if he is over age 18 unless he is at risk of harming[…]

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