Articles on Recovering From a Breakdown

Recovery from a Breakdown (1)
The longest journey starts with a single step
What can you do when your life is a mess, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, and you feel you are so far down the slippery slope that you will never see the light of day again… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (2)
Today we will continue on from our initial blog regarding taking those first small steps to recovery… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (3)
We've learned so far to take small steps in our recovery, and today we'll look at consolidating our progress and taking another small step forward… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (4)
So far, we have looked at achieving small tasks as a means of taking the first steps to recovery from emotional illness. Having successfully achieved a routine of doing one or two activities each day, where do we go to from there… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (5)
Recovery from a severe mental breakdown is undoubtedly the hardest task you will ever have to do in your life. Forget pushing babies down birth canals, passing kidney stones, losing the use of your limbs, or grieving for a loved one- fighting your way back to mental health or even maintaining emotional equilibrium while suffering from a chronic mental illness is the hardest battle of all, because it is a battle with the self. And there is no more difficult, cagier, or more elusive opponent. Hence we need all the help we can get… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (6)
I n Recovering from a Breakdown (5), we looked at using positive sayings to keep us on track in our recovery from breakdown. Today, we'll look at how to use these valuable tools to greatest advantage… (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (7)
In our continuing series on recovering from a breakdown, we will look at the many benefits of helping others while trying to recover. Feel like you can't help yourself, let alone help others? That's a common comment among recoverers. But not only is it possible, it will help you to recover more quickly... (Read more)

Recovery from a Breakdown (8)
In our continuing series in recovering from breakdown, we will look at the power of counting your blessings. When your world has been turned upside down by mental illness, it is easy to lose sight of what is positive about your life. And no matter how sick you are, or how far away recovery seems, there are still positive things in your life. These are the things that we must hold onto during our darkest hours… (Read more)

Finding a Good Therapist
It can be very difficult to make the decision to go into therapy and people begin therapy for many reasons. It could be that the person is in so much emotional pain, that to do nothing is not an option. At the other end of the spectrum are those who don't really want to go to therapy but are forced to go by a spouse or family member. The odds of success are high for the former group and obviously much lower for the second group. But for whatever reason you enter therapy, the one thing you do want is a good therapist. But just what is a good therapist?... (Read more)

Is Your Support Group Supportive?
I often encourage my clients to join support groups knowing that these groups supply an ongoing form of support that every sufferer from mental illness can benefit from. However, these groups can cause problems in some circumstances, and occasionally actually add to the stress load of the participants. Let’s have a look at some real examples of problem group dynamics... (Read more)

What Do People Expect from Counseling?
When problems arise in life and a person is clearly suffering from the effects of a crisis or a long-term problem, it is often common to hear the phrase: "You should go and have some counseling." But what exactly happens during the counseling process? How does a person "get better"? And what are the respective roles and responsibility of the therapist and client?... (Read more)

The Stigma of being a Mental Health Patient
As if it isn't bad enough to be besieged by depression, bipolar disorder or any number of conditions that may land you in a medical facility for a period of time, there is the added stigma you as a patient may receive from family members, neighbors, acquaintances, even your work colleagues... (Read more)

Setting Boundaries When You Have a Mental Illness
It’s important for everyone to have a healthy set of personal boundaries, but even more important when you suffer from a mental illness. Boundaries take many shapes and forms, such as how you let people speak to you or speaking up if you feel you are being belittled because of your illness... (Read More)

Telling People about your Mental Illness
Whether we suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, an eating disorder or one of the many anxiety disorders, there comes a time when decisions have to be made as to who and what to tell about your condition.. (Read More)

The Slow Breakdown
When we hear that a person has had a “nervous breakdown” we might imagine all sorts of things if we do not have a personal experience with the condition or no contact with a friend or family member who has... (Read More)

Life is Precious – Don’t Waste It!
Love every day. Each one is so short and they are so few. This is very powerful quote from Norman Vincent Peale. When I read it, it really pulled me up. While some days may seem to drag and we often spent our lives waiting for certain things to occur, such as holidays, etc, the truth is that life does go quickly and our days here are so few... (Read More)


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