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Guest Blogger: 8 Mental Health Tips for Living With Schizophrenia

This article was written by guest blogger, Adam C. He has previously contributed blog articles on Overcoming Schizophrenia. Adam offers great insight on how to manage recovery and provides supporting links for resources and additional information.  The following articles were also written by Adam: Get through These Major Life Changes While Living With  Schizophrenia  (October 26, 2022) For Addicts Recovery Means Creating A New Life  (November 21, 2019) If you’ve recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you may not know how to move forward. You can turn to Overcoming Schizophrenia for advice from other people who have walked in your shoes. Here are some mental health tips to get you started, from cleaning your home to engaging in nonprofit work. Maintain a Clean Home Living in a clean environment can help you manage your symptoms and feel grounded. You can break down the decluttering process one room at a time to make it easier. A tidy, organized space will naturally create a bette
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An Effective Approach to Medication Management and Wellbeing

What do you do when you know you're on the right medication but don't get the desired results? Every day I am applying my coping tools to tackle symptoms. I am aware of my signs and triggers. Although the medication controls signature symptoms that characterizes schizophrenia, I still have other symptoms to deal with.  My recurring issues are depression, anxiety, and irritability.  Depression is a huge problem. Because just when I think I've found a way to combat the feelings and physical challenges with depression I realize I've been fooled, again, and that moment of relief was just that- a moment.  Depression looks different for everybody. For me it could be lack of hygiene, severe fatigue, back pain, procrastination, no motivation nor energy to perform even simple tasks, and negative thinking. Those concerns seem manageable with an aspirin, hot shower, vitamin, daily agenda, and a good pep talk with yourself- but in the midst of depression its not that simple.  Havin

Guest Blogger: How To Manage The Fear Of Loneliness In Your Life

The following article was written by author, Stan Popovich. He wrote the book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear." And, shares this great article with us that provides effective strategies to cope with loneliness.  I think this article would stimulate discussion and help many people. The holidays can be challenging, and these tips can support wellbeing. Also, check out Stan's website for more information: http://www.managingfear.com . Thank you, Stan for sharing the methods to overcoming fear of loneliness. Sometime or another we will experience a time when we are alone. Some people fear of being alone for various reasons. The first step is to become comfortable with yourself and having the self-confidence that you will be able to manage being by yourself. With this in mind, here are 7 suggestions that a person can use so that the fear of loneliness doesn’t become a major issue in their life. 1. Find an activity that you enjoy doing: Joining a group activity can be a great wa

"Low-Grade Depression"

Michelle Obama said she had "low-grade depression." Is there a low-grade cancer? Low-grade eating disorder? My mother was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, and died with stage 4 cancer. I do not take any medical/mental health issue lightly.       Untreated diabetes, for example, can lead to significant risk factors including, heart disease and stroke, among several other health problems. Likewise, untreated mental illness can lead to death- self-harming and suicidal thoughts. As an individual in recovery with signs and symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, this particular phrase sounds like a scale that should not be applied to mental health.       Since 2007, I've been in recovery. And, since 2012, I've held the position of a peer counselor or Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), which is a Medicaid billable service in the state of Georgia. It is my job to motivate peers to stay hopeful about their recovery and to help them tackle goals, such a