Articles on Recovery & Wellness

  • What is Metabolic Syndrome?

    Every day, it seems we hear about the importance of caring for our overall health. While good health is important for everyone, individuals diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) need to be particularly concerned as they face a 15 to 25 year shorter lifespan than the national average. This shortened lifespan is a result of increased instances of Metabolic Syndrome.

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  • Meds are Not Enough

    One of the problems with conventional medicine is the relationship between the doctor and patient. Too often, the patient is just a passive receptacle that is treated by a doctor whose role is to cure through intervention. A more integrated approach focuses on empowerment. The challenge for both the doctor and patient is to join forces and proactively promote healing.

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  • Lifestyle and Mental Health

    Mental health professionals have significantly underestimated the importance of lifestyle factors (a) as contributors to and treatments for multiple psychopathologies, (b) for fostering individual and social well-being, and (c) for preserving and optimizing cognitive function.

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  • The Many Faces of Bipolar Disorder

    The territory of recovery for a person with this diagnosis cannot be mapped with a cookie cutter approach. However, we have found that highlighting some common, important distinctions is a helpful foundation. They relate to the meaning and implications of the Bipolar Disorder diagnosis.

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  • The Evolution of a Therapeutic Village

    Project Transition began in 1982 as an effort to help one person with serious mental illness (SMI) get his life back - more accurately, to find a way for life to have a more favorable meaning to him in the wake of many psychiatric hospitalizations. At the time, long-term hospital care for persons with SMI was the norm; however. But, often, discharged patients were still symptomatic and vulnerable to psychiatric and addictive relapse. They (and their family members) were demoralized. Additionally, many of these patients seemed unable - without significant support - to generate essential relationships, belonging, membership in social networks, and to participate in work, school, and play.

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  • Help that Hurts

    Families are essential sources of acceptance, insight, compassion, and love. Mental illness confronts families with challenges that are enduring and saturated with stress. When a family member has persistent, serious psychiatric problems, everyone in the family soon learns that there are no quick fixes, no magic pills. As the weight of responsibilities and concerns fall on the family, it can feel overwhelming.

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