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Real life tips for finding a therapist

Date: 26/05/2017 Author: Jeremy Little

Finding the right therapist is a familiar challenge for many people living with mental illness.

It’s a process that’s often compared to dating. For some it’s straightforward, an instant match if you will. While for others it can be a long struggle to find that someone who can be trusted with their deepest thoughts.

To help you on the journey we asked our community for their tips on finding the right therapist.

This is what depression looks like

Date: 23/05/2017 Author: Tori

Depression is not feeling down for an hour out of your day. It's not something to be glorified. It's not beautiful.

Depression is being on the brink of tears because you dropped your glass of water. It’s not having the urge to clean up the mess, rather you fall on the floor and cry.

It's feeling safety in not brushing your hair for weeks at a time.

Depression is one extreme to another, you're either so high with happiness or so down that you doubt the world will have colour again.

Staying safe while supporting peers

Date: 23/05/2017 Author: Jeremy Little

Peer support is a form of mental health care that’s growing in popularity.

Benefits include reduced isolation, empowerment, collaborative learning and connections with people who’ve had similar experiences. Some people say the relaxed environment helps them express issues they would struggle to share in a formal setting.

But it’s important to remember these benefits come with challenges.

How to build a community that's safe for LGBTI people

Date: 17/05/2017 Author: Jeremy Little

Did you know that people of a diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender account for up to 11 per cent of the Australian population? Yet, according to the Human Rights Commission up to 42 per cent of LGBTI people have hidden who they are at a community event.

This statistic reminds us of the importance of language and getting it right. You never know who is in your presence and the potential harm your comments may cause.

It’s been nearly three years since I lost my mind.

I had told people in the past that I’d lost my mind, but I didn’t know what I was talking about.

For instance, I’d once danced on stage with the Flaming Lips while wearing a giant furry koala suit. I told people “It was amazing! I lost my mind!”

But I didn’t know what I was talking about. I was just super excited, quite drunk, and really high.

No, the day I lost my mind was something quite different indeed.

Three reasons to be optimistic about schizophrenia

Date: 11/05/2017 Author: Julie Bell

Despite what many people think, schizophrenia is far from being a life sentence. Recovery, to a lesser or greater degree, is possible.

A 2010 national survey found that 54.8% of participants who had experienced multiple episodes of psychosis went on to achieve partial or good recovery between episodes.

Additionally, about one in seven of those who meet the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia, ultimately achieve near complete recovery.

Lived experience tips for managing schizophrenia

Date: 10/05/2017 Author: Jeremy Little

The symptoms and effects of schizophrenia are as unique and varied as the people who experience the illness.

Likewise the way people manage their symptoms – including treatment methods, medication and self-care strategies – differ from person to person. The strategies implemented can also change throughout someone's life.

So to spread some lived experiece wisdom, we’ve asked our SANE Speakers to share their tips for managing symptoms, taking care of one's self, engaging with others and staying positive.

How to manage conflict

Date: 20/04/2017 Author: Melissa Wilson

Conflict or disagreement is a part of life and something everyone experiences. Yet, we all respond to and resolve conflict in our own unique way.

We often learn conflict management skills from observing others, most commonly our parents and family. But, families are not always the best role models for managing or resolving conflict. Sometimes we adopt their communication skills without realising there’s more than one way to resolve a disagreement.

What’s the difference between bipolar I and II?

Date: 30/03/2017 Author: Jeremy Little

On first impression bipolar disorder is easy to understand. It’s a disorder where a person experiences extreme mood changes, highs and lows, with periods of normality in between.

But, when we look further into the disorder, or we hear people talk about their experiences, it starts to get a little more complex, and the terms bipolar I and bipolar II emerge.

So, what’s the difference? And how do these symptoms affect people living with the disorder?

Self-care for managing mania

Date: 28/03/2017 Author: Tanya Peisley

Mania and hypomania are symptoms of bipolar disorder. Mania is the ‘high’, euphoric end of the mood scale, with hypomania similar but with less intensity.

If you think you’re experiencing mania, or symptoms are coming on, these strategies may help prevent, or reduce the severity of an episode.

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