Support & Stability

Getting Help

About a Mental Health Evaluation

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need
When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.
When to Seek Help for Your Mental Health
What distinguishes mental illness from problems of daily living is its severity or persistence over time. Mental illness includes mental disorders of thought, mood or behavior. People with a mental illness may have great difficulty with daily routines and tasks, responsibilities of family, work or school, or personal relationships.
Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation
A psychiatric evaluation will look at symptoms and when they occur, as well as what impact they have on family and work relationships.
Mental Health Disorder Statistics
Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. In particular, depressive illnesses tend to occur along with substance abuse and anxiety disorders.
Knowing When to Seek Treatment
Families, spouses, or friends are often the first to suspect that their loved one is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause them to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad.
Controlling Mental Health Costs
Mental health care can be expensive even for people with health insurance. Here are ideas on ways to save.
Psychiatric Treatment Team
Team members may include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, and a psychiatric nurse.

Support Groups

Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group
Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.
In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help
In a mutual support group, people just like you face similar ordeals and challenges.
Helping Someone with Memory Loss
In older people, it's easy to mistake memory problems for the everyday forgetfulness that some people experience as they grow older.
Finding Support for Emotional Issues
How do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?
How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents
Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.

Types of Therapy

The Word on Talk Therapy
Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.

Staying Balanced

The Power of Resilience
When tragedy strikes with the death of a loved one, a serious illness or a job loss, some people fall apart, while others adapt to such life-changing events more easily. Being resilient is what makes the difference.
The Power of Meditation
Meditation allows you to become more awake and more deliberate about your actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to situations in your life.
Moving Beyond All-or-Nothing Thinking
When you lapse from your goals, remind yourself of all you've learned and how much you've accomplished.
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.
The Benefits of Laughter
Laughter can do more than just put you in a good mood. It may buffer you against depression, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.

Caregiving

Being a Caregiver
"Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.
Caring for the Caregiver
Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing.
Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves
More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.
How to Plan for Long-Term Care
Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.
Caring for an Ill Loved One
Caring for anyone is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Here are tips to help make the task easier.
Helping Someone with a Mental Illness
Caring for someone you love who is sick or disabled is never easy. When the illness affects your loved one’s state of mind, the demands placed on you can be especially difficult.
Helping a Friend With an Addiction
When a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say.
Helping Someone with Memory Loss
In older people, it's easy to mistake memory problems for the everyday forgetfulness that some people experience as they grow older.