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While many women experience mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms & recover.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is ,multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. Please visit the website at AA.org to find out more and to find a meeting near you!
The Co-Anon Family Groups have but one purpose-to help the family members and friends of someone who is addicted to cocaine or other mind-altering substances.
Alateen is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations.
Everyone deserves support for their eating concerns, and NEDA wants to connect you with resources that can help in addition to professional help. These free support options offer ways to connect with others and provide tools to promote recovery.
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope.
Heroin Anonymous (HA) is a fellowship of men and women who have found a better way of life, free from heroin addiction. Our fellowship is based on a twelve-step program of recovery—and if you wish to join us, we are here to share what we have found.
Emotions Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who desire to improve their emotional well-being. EA members come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from any sort of emotional difficulties.
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships.
Welcome! On-Line Gamers Anonymous®, founded in 2002, is a 12-step self-help group. We share our experience, strengths and hope to help and support each other recover and heal from problems resulting from excessive video game playing (gaming disorder)
The Life of a Single Mom is committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. TLSM’s desire is to see that every single mom finds a support group that offers them life-giving relationships, networking opportunities, education, and more.
The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled the unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity & peace of mind.
Food Addicts Anonymous is an org that believes that Food Addiction is a biochemical disorder that occurs at a cellular level and therefore cannot be cured by willpower or by therapy alone. We feel that food addiction is not a moral or character issue
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.
Many people who survive a suicide attempt begin to see challenges in a new light, and realize that there are people available to support them. You don’t need to have all of the answers to heal from this experience. There is a way through. Find a grou
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Members are encouraged to develop their own sexual recovery plan & to define sexual sobriety for themselves. We're not here to repress our sexuality, but to learn how to express it in ways that don't endanger our mental, physical or spiritual health.
Providing peer support and education about the special challenges and unique issues facing "well" spouses every day. Sharing our stories helps well spouses connect with each other and lessens anxiety.There is comfort in knowing that we are not alone.
We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network. Visit NA.org Today!
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. Visit Divorcecare.org today!
ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and...
Participating in peer support is often a crucial element to healing and recovery from BFRBs. There is nothing like being able to share with others who understand what you are going through.
Nicotine Anonymous ("NicA") is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs.
Through our nationwide system of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, APDA uniquely delivers education, support, and patient services to Americans with Parkinson’s and their families each day.
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of another. We understand as perhaps few can. We are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken.
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their lives.
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1 in 5 people experience mental illness in a given year
1 in 2 people experience mental illness during their lifetime
Everyone's treatment for their mental health condition, whether it is related to depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar, schizophrenia or other conditions, is extremely individualized to a degree not seen in most other areas of medicine. This complexity in find the right mix of treatment options and staying with them could be a driver behind the fact that up to 50% of people with mental illness do not seek treatment. Try to put that in perspective. Imagine if 50% of people who had cancer or acute cardiac problems were not receiving treatment.
There are two primary reasons that people don't seek treatment when they should: cost and stigma.
Cost - Go to a doctor or a therapist once, and I can handle the cost. But therapy is not a one time deal. In order to show progress, we have to go repeatedly and even if co-pays are the only, the co-pays and cost of therapy can add up quick. Here are some tips on how to defray these costs:
Make sure to find a therapist that is in network with your insurance
Ask the therapist if they charge on a sliding scale, meaning to what you can afford. It is ok to call around and ask. You will be starting a long term process and it is better to be comfortable with the cost up font.
Check if there are any psychology training institutions in your area. This is typically a source of below market rate therapy.
Regarding cost, take public transit when possible. You also may be able to alternate your therapy sessions between in-person and online.
Stigma and Embarrassment - Sometimes people attach stigma to mental illness because they feel that it is something that they should be able to control. But can you control diabetes without insulin or glucagon? Can you get strong without lifting a thing or lose weight without proper diet and exercise? Simply, No. Our minds require attention. They direct us on what to do constantly, to the extent that we don't even realize how much of what we do is programmed from our experiences and genetic composition. Seeking help, whether in therapy, a group setting, with medication or some combination, illustrates that you care about living a life of your choosing. This is a strength, not something to be embarrassed about. You can actually turn the embarrassment around eventually and be an example to your friends of family. That can make them more likely to seek help if they need it. A terrific example of a win-win.
Other reasons include:
Trust - For many people, the idea of 'spilling your guts' to a stranger can be terrifying. The chances are, though, that you are not saying everything that is on your mind when you speak to family and friends because there are some things that you would rather keep private. It frankly is also not the responsibility of those closest to you to sort out your emotional health. There is no rule that says you have to stay with the therapist you first book with. If you have a session or two and don't trust them, move on to another one local to you. Try until you find the fit that works best for you.
Hopelessness - Why bother? You've had problems with depression, anxiety, addiction, etc, for decades. What is one person going to say that will change that? The reality is that you get one life. You are worth trying over and over again for until you find the solution, whether it be through more individual therapy or different group meetings. It takes a lifetime to grow up. We are never done. You can learn new things you didn't know about yourself constantly and the more of that you do, the closer you are to being healthy and complete emotionally.
Diagnosis - Diagnosis can be very challenging. Just like those of us who are not doctors would not know how to diagnose other medical conditions, trying to diagnose mental health issues on our own can be confusing and tiresome. For the best analysis, you should find a psychologist and/or psychiatrist who can provide the most accurate diagnosis. As a first step though, many people look for tools online. All tools are not created equal. Mental Health America, one of the most well regarded non-profits in the mental health space, has collected over 4 million screens through its online screening tool, which you can find by clicking on this link https://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools
If you made it to this website it is likely because you are in the initial stages of finding help. To provide an additional nudge to find the help that best suits you, I will leave you with this statistic:
80% of people who are treated for depression show an improvement in symptoms within 6 weeks
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