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One Person CAN Make a Difference!

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  • 1. The Road to RecoveryThe Road to Recovery One person CAN make aOne person CAN make a difference!difference! MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS COALITION CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 28, 2007 Presented by: Susi Morales, PSS, BHT
  • 2. OverviewOverview • IntroductionIntroduction • Pre-DiagnosisPre-Diagnosis • Mental Illness vs. “Diagnosis”Mental Illness vs. “Diagnosis” • Maintaining Our HumanityMaintaining Our Humanity • Recognizing What is HappeningRecognizing What is Happening • Surviving the aftermathSurviving the aftermath • Supporters: What you can doSupporters: What you can do • A Balanced Diet: Utilizing HopeA Balanced Diet: Utilizing Hope • Realizing the power of a dreamRealizing the power of a dream • One Voice: One person CAN make a differenceOne Voice: One person CAN make a difference • ConclusionConclusion
  • 3. Pre-DiagnosisPre-Diagnosis
  • 4. • Mechanism:Mechanism: • (n.) a process, technique, or system for achieving a result.(n.) a process, technique, or system for achieving a result. • (n.) the fundamental process for an action, reaction or other(n.) the fundamental process for an action, reaction or other natural phenomenon.natural phenomenon. • Mechanism (defense):Mechanism (defense): • (n.) an often unconscious mental process that makes(n.) an often unconscious mental process that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problemspossible compromise solutions to personal problems • Mechanism (escape):Mechanism (escape): • (n.) a mode or behavior or thinking adopted to evade(n.) a mode or behavior or thinking adopted to evade unpleasant facts or responsibilities.unpleasant facts or responsibilities.
  • 5. MechanismsMechanisms • DoubtDoubt • Reacting from fearReacting from fear • ““Imagination” vs. realityImagination” vs. reality • Minimization of traumatic experiencesMinimization of traumatic experiences • Mentally removing oneself from present situationMentally removing oneself from present situation
  • 6. Mental IllnessMental Illness vs.vs. “My Diagnosis”“My Diagnosis”
  • 7. Rationalizing or Reality?Rationalizing or Reality? • Am I mentally ill?Am I mentally ill? • Is the disorder only an illness during an episode?Is the disorder only an illness during an episode? • Are episodes controllable?Are episodes controllable? • Choice vs. comfortChoice vs. comfort • Relapse vs. controlRelapse vs. control • Culture choicesCulture choices – Peer or Recovery?Peer or Recovery?
  • 8. MaintainingMaintaining Our HumanityOur Humanity
  • 9. If you’re overly excited You’re happy But I am manic If you imagine the phone ringing You’re stressed But I’m psychotic If you cry and sleep all day You’re sad and need rest But I’m depressed and need to get up If you are afraid to leave the house at night You’re cautious But I’m paranoid If you stand up for yourself You’re assertive But I’m aggressive If you don’t like something and say so IF YOU GET ANGRY You’re upset BUT I’M DANGEROUSBUT I’M DANGEROUS For all of these things you are not hospitalized or forced to take a pill You’re being honest But I am being difficult Excerpts from “YOU and ME” by Debbie Sesula BUT I AMBUT I AM
  • 10. The Human Side of EmotionThe Human Side of Emotion • Every human being experiences strongEvery human being experiences strong emotions from time to time…emotions from time to time… Happiness Fear Joy Sorrow Apprehension Love Disdain Anxiety Disappointment Grief Sadness Hope Excitement
  • 11. Humanity removed...Humanity removed... • The right to be human isThe right to be human is removed and replaced withremoved and replaced with Paranoia Hypo-mania Mania Inappropriate use of emotion Anti-social Hyperactivity Hyper-sexuality Rage Anxiety Inability to Cope Depression Dissociation SYMPTOMS Grandiosity
  • 12. • EducationEducation • Redefining WellnessRedefining Wellness • Trust in others and selfTrust in others and self Removing Self-StigmatizationRemoving Self-Stigmatization
  • 13. RecognizingRecognizing What is HappeningWhat is Happening
  • 14. Coping SkillsCoping Skills – Diversionary ActionsDiversionary Actions – Reality ChecksReality Checks – Calling a friendCalling a friend – Finding someone you trustFinding someone you trust – Cognitive retraining of your thoughtsCognitive retraining of your thoughts – Repeating positive affirmationsRepeating positive affirmations – Spending time doing something you enjoySpending time doing something you enjoy – JournalingJournaling
  • 15. SurvivingSurviving the Aftermaththe Aftermath
  • 16. Self-AdvocacySelf-Advocacy • No one knows you like YOU do!No one knows you like YOU do! • Utilizing your treatment team to theirUtilizing your treatment team to their fullest potential.fullest potential. • Know and learn to recognize your limitsKnow and learn to recognize your limits and your strengthsand your strengths • Share what you find with supporter orShare what you find with supporter or team memberteam member
  • 17. ““It is through the weakness that we are perceivedIt is through the weakness that we are perceived by others to have, that we are made strong.”by others to have, that we are made strong.” -Alfred W. Davis, Editor-Alfred W. Davis, Editor The Wall Street Magazine*The Wall Street Magazine* (in a personal letter(in a personal letter to his daughter-in-law,to his daughter-in-law, Susan M. Davis, 1951)Susan M. Davis, 1951) *now The Wall Street Journal*now The Wall Street Journal
  • 18. Give me a fishGive me a fish TEACH ME TO FISH…TEACH ME TO FISH… and I can share your meal…and I can share your meal… and I will learn to cook!and I will learn to cook!
  • 19. Personal ResponsibilityPersonal Responsibility • Could the episode have been avoided?Could the episode have been avoided? – Recognizing the signsRecognizing the signs • What can prevent future episodes?What can prevent future episodes? – Making a pactMaking a pact • What can be done from this point on?What can be done from this point on? – Taking an honest look at what happenedTaking an honest look at what happened – Learning to pick up the pieces (one piece at aLearning to pick up the pieces (one piece at a time)time)
  • 20. • Skills:Skills: • (n.) the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively(n.) the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performanceand readily in execution or performance • (n.) a learned power of doing something(n.) a learned power of doing something competently; a developed attitude or ability.competently; a developed attitude or ability.
  • 21. Positive Coping SkillsPositive Coping Skills • It is only by learning what works and why it worksIt is only by learning what works and why it works that we are able to switch from those reactionarythat we are able to switch from those reactionary mechanisms to positive coping skillsmechanisms to positive coping skills • The mechanisms from our pre-diagnosis daysThe mechanisms from our pre-diagnosis days served us well for purposes that we may notserved us well for purposes that we may not understand until we learn why those mechanismsunderstand until we learn why those mechanisms were in place, and truly what purpose they served.were in place, and truly what purpose they served.
  • 22. Supporters:Supporters: What you can doWhat you can do
  • 23. What you can doWhat you can do • Recognize and appreciate each others’Recognize and appreciate each others’ differencesdifferences • Remain as calm as possibleRemain as calm as possible • Remember that no one can be responsible forRemember that no one can be responsible for the behavior of anotherthe behavior of another • Celebrate each others’ successesCelebrate each others’ successes • COMMUNICATE!COMMUNICATE! • Try not to lay blameTry not to lay blame • Take care of yourself firstTake care of yourself first • Know when to say when!Know when to say when!
  • 24. A Balanced Diet:A Balanced Diet: Utilizing HopeUtilizing Hope
  • 25. ““Hope is the foundationHope is the foundation upon which we lay ourupon which we lay our road to recovery.”road to recovery.” -- The Psychotropic DietThe Psychotropic Diet
  • 26. ““The best and safest thing is to keep aThe best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the greatbalance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can dopowers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are truly athat, and live that way, you are truly a wise manwise man.”.” -- EuripidesEuripides
  • 27. BalanceBalance • Psychotropic meds are only ONE ingredient in aPsychotropic meds are only ONE ingredient in a medley of necessary ingredientsmedley of necessary ingredients – MedicationsMedications – NutritionNutrition – ExerciseExercise – SpiritualitySpirituality – Self-LoveSelf-Love – Desire to learnDesire to learn – Courage to changeCourage to change
  • 28. Realizing theRealizing the Power of a DreamPower of a Dream
  • 29. Power withinPower within • You are the only YOU this world has!You are the only YOU this world has! – No one can contribute what you can to your world.No one can contribute what you can to your world. – Each of us has gifts unique to us that we bring to theEach of us has gifts unique to us that we bring to the table of lifetable of life – Hope is where it startsHope is where it starts • That spark of newness when you realize what you want to doThat spark of newness when you realize what you want to do with your lifewith your life – Courage to stand against the oddsCourage to stand against the odds • Your dream is unique to you, but you must have the courageYour dream is unique to you, but you must have the courage to stand against the odds to find what it takes to realize thatto stand against the odds to find what it takes to realize that dream.dream.
  • 30. One Voice:One Voice: One Person CANOne Person CAN Make a Difference!Make a Difference!
  • 31. Share YourselfShare Yourself • The experiences gained in life haveThe experiences gained in life have molded who we are todaymolded who we are today • Through those experiences a uniqueThrough those experiences a unique wisdom is gainedwisdom is gained • Reach out to others going through similarReach out to others going through similar experiencesexperiences • Realize and consider the contribution thatRealize and consider the contribution that only you can makeonly you can make
  • 32. CONCLUSIONCONCLUSION
  • 33. CCelebrate individualityelebrate individuality EEmbrace compassionmbrace compassion LLove with your heartove with your heart EExpect the best from EVERYONExpect the best from EVERYONE BBe kinde kind RRespect others’ RIGHT to chooseespect others’ RIGHT to choose AAlways listenlways listen TTake care of yourselfake care of yourself EEqual consideration for equal peoplequal consideration for equal people
  • 34. ConclusionConclusion • Hope and personal responsibility go handHope and personal responsibility go hand in handin hand • Advocate for yourselfAdvocate for yourself • Speak outSpeak out • Lend a helping handLend a helping hand DISCUSSIONDISCUSSION

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