This year, approximately one in five American adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and many others will be troubled by significant emotional and psychological distress, especially in times of difficulty. For most of these people, treatment can be effective and recovery is possible. Yet today, millions of Americans still do not receive the care they need.
The first week in May is Natoinal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (NADAW). Some goals of NADAW are to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and its treatment, overcome fear and misunderstanding, and to make sure that all those dealing with mental health issues know they are not alone.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, taking action to help yourself is a sign of strength.
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Mindful Matters are articles and stories about a wide range of mental health concerns contributed by licensed mental health professionals
What Everyone Should Know About Sleep
While most of us take a good night’s sleep for granted, many adults and children suffer from different types of sleep disorders. Sleep is essential to our health and not only does the quantity of sleep matter, but also the quality of it is important as well. Feeling well rested and being able to function the next day depends on the total sleep time and how much of the various stages of sleep you get each night. Cutting back sleep...
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Mindfulness and Meditation: Question and Answer
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Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy organization. Mary Guardino founded FFF in 1984 as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences having suffered from anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.