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Characteristics That Can Harm Mental Health

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Characteristics Harm Mental Health
These characteristics can harm your mental health.

Living with mental illness can come with challenges, but there are some things that can make doing so more difficult. It’s important that once you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness that you take the right steps to make sure it doesn’t cause any unnecessary issues.  Here are some characteristics that can lead to issues with mental health.

Denial Of The Illness

Because of the stigma around mental illness in our society, it’s common for people to see mental illness as inherently negative. This means that sometimes when people are diagnosed with mental illness, they or those close to them deny that they have it. Denying the existence of mental illness doesn’t make it go away. Rather, it makes things harder for the people who are living with it. Mental illness should be addressed in a similar way to other illnesses, with support and professional care.

Dismissal Of Help

Similarly, sometimes the stigma of mental illness cause the people who live with it to refuse help. Whether it’s professional help or support on a more personal level, at times people living with mental illness dismiss the help that is out there. This can lead to devasting consequences for that individual, so it’s important to avoid this. There are many mental health resources out there and it’s a good idea to utilize them.

Not Learning About The Diagnosis

When people are diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s important for them to truly understand what their diagnosis entails. This means that they should learn not only the name of the mental illness but the situations that may cause the illness to present itself. Doing this can help the individual who has been diagnosed better understand their diagnosis and how it affects their moods and interactions with others.

Skipping Treatment

It’s important to understand that the medical professional you work with has your best interests at heart. This means that when they come up with a treatment plan for you that you should adhere to it. It’s important to make sure to take your medications at the right times and to keep your appointments. In the same way that you would follow your doctor’s advice about a physical illness, you should contact your mental health professional’s advice.

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4 Ways To Maximize Your Therapy Sessions

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Maximize Therapy Sessions
Use these tips to help maximize your therapy sessions.

Deciding to pursue therapy to talk about the issues you’re going through in life is a choice that could result in positive change in your life. It’s important to remember that it’s not enough to simply attend therapy. You need to put forward your best effort in therapy to ensure that you get the best results. Here are some strategies you can use to maximize your therapy sessions.

Record How You’ve Been Feeling

As we go through our lives, it’s easy to lose track of what’s been making us feel like we’ve been feeling. There are various stressors in our lives that we react to but it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect on exactly how we’ve been feeling. Recording situations that made you particularly stressed, angry, or sad will help you get to the foundation of your problems. They give you specific instances that you can talk to your therapist about and could even help you and your therapist see any patterns that might be arising in your life.

Let Your Therapist Take The Lead

It’s important to understand that your therapist is a mental health professional who likely has a wealth of expertise. This means they are qualified enough to lead your sessions where they need to go so you can get the most out of your sessions. Remember that therapy sessions aren’t necessarily one-sided venting sessions where you talk about your problems with no input. It should be a conversation between you and your therapist.

Manage Your Expectations

When seeking therapy, it’s important to be realistic with your expectations for how the sessions will go. Going to therapy is part of a long process of self-improvement that will take some time. Don’t go into your therapy sessions looking for a quick fix. Therapy can work for you but it’ll take some time to make that happen.

Be Prepared For Your Session

Make sure you’re ready for your session to ensure you’ll get the most out of it. This means that you should be on time and ready with any topics you plan to bring up during your session. Your therapist will appreciate your efforts and it’ll go a long way towards making sure your appointment goes smoothly.

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more about cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities, visit here.

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At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at www.fsfinc.org or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
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