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Should you have a PAD?

You have the ability accept or refuse treatments and medications in the event you are hospitalized after a mental health crisis. There is a very simple form called a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) that you can complete now, before any potential future hospitalizations. A PAD is a legally binding document that allows you to stipulate […]

Older Americans Experiencing Mental Health Issues

Americans are getting older. Currently, about 15 percent of the population are 60 and over. By 2050 Americans 60 and over will comprise about 25 percent. With the aging of our population, we are seeing an increase in the number of people dealing with depression and other mental health disorders. Several factors are contributing to […]

The Benefits of Attending Peer Support Group Meetings

The primary function of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is to provide free peer-led support groups for people living with a mood disorder. There are many benefits from attending a peer support group meeting. The most important benefit is that you learn you are not alone. You’ll meet and interact with others with similar situations. […]

Optimum Diet for Mental Health

Following an optimum diet, in addition to medication and other therapies, can enhance living with a mental illness. The goal is to eat as healthily as possible. There are foods that should be avoided and foods that should be added to one’s diet. Among the foods to avoid are sugary drinks such as sodas and […]

The Miracle of the Half-Smile

by Mark Brennaman Gather round and let me tell you how I discovered the miracle of the half-smile. Half-smile, you wonder. What is a half-smile? A half of a smile? Yes, a half-smile. Not a grin from ear to ear. Not a big smile. Just a half-smile. Barely turn up the corners of your mouth. […]