NAMI Blog

Understanding the Spectrum of Bipolar Disorder

By Cheryl Cranick | Mar. 21, 2018

Beyond occasional reference to Types I and II, bipolar disorder is usually viewed as one condition. Ignoring the spectrum breeds confusion and prevents the public from better understanding the complexity of this illness.

5 Myths We’re Taught About Relationships

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Mar. 16, 2018

There are many widely-believed myths about relationships, and because they are so important to our well-being, keeping these myths alive can worsen depression, anxiety or other conditions and symptoms we may have. Here are five of the most common relationship myths we should stop following. 

Why Some People Harm Themselves

By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW | Mar. 14, 2018

Some of the myths about self-harm include: thinking the person is doing it just to be trendy or edgy; or that the person must have a chemical imbalance, personality disorder or intractable mental illness. But understanding self-harm requires us to understand what it means to be emotionally overwhelmed.

How Depression Made Me a Man

By Roro Asmar | Mar. 07, 2018

"Coming out about my depression was one of the most freeing and courageous things I have ever done.  I’m no longer ashamed of my depression. And being self-aware and brave enough to face my emotions fills me with more manly strength and pride than any action hero ever did."

6 Ways You Can Help a Loved One on Their Healing Journey

By Shainna Ali | Mar. 02, 2018

Unfortunately, there are no foolproof guidelines for helping your loved one on their journey towards recovery. However, you can connect to your intentions, convey compassion and maintain your own self-care while empowering your loved one regardless of where they are in their healing journey.

How to Respond to Self-Harm

By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 01, 2018

Self-harm is usually a sign that a person is struggling emotionally and isn’t sure how to cope. It’s a sign that a person needs support, understanding and professional help. Most importantly, it’s a sign that shouldn’t be ignored or judged. 

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