Shelby Paulsen

Shelby Paulsen is the director of The Rising Sun Clubhouse.

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Column: Family involvement and kids’ mental health, Part 1

Last month, I wrote about my personal experience with depression. Throughout my life I have had many ups and downs. However, it was the “downs” that left the greatest amount of impact on my life.

Column: A personal look at depression

In my studies of psychology over the years, I have found that personal experience trumps all textbooks, classes and lectures within the mental health field. You can have gobs of knowledge about a topic, but until you actually experience a problem with your own mental health, it is nearly impossible to fully understand the depths of mental illness.

Dual diagnosis: Substance abuse and mental illness

Hand in hand, they often walk together. Side by side, they will take their toll on many lives in this day and age. An enemy to many, substance abuse frequents those with mental illness, and it is rarely a positive relationship.

Column: How you can go from SAD to glad

“Tis the season to be jolly” is a true statement for some. For others however, this is the time of seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD.

With mental illness, you don’t have to go it alone

“Here I am, alone again.”

Suicidal thoughts? Hold out for hope

When I hear the word “suicide” I begin to cringe. That word alone sends a deep pang to the pit of my stomach. I grimace at the sound of it coming from a person’s mouth.

Nutrition implicated in research into positive mental health

“You are what you eat!” My mother has always been famous for saying that line, and I have now made it part of my life as well. Proper nutrition is vital for mental and physical health.

How to avoid, recover from adverse childhood experiences

The study of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) has become a well-known effort to assess relations between childhood mistreatment and later-life health and well-being.

Lend a hand of assistance to those with mental illnesses

We’ve learned a lot together since last October when I began to submit articles to the Weekly. I’ve gotten some great responses, conversations and personal life tips from people in the community. I’ve challenged you and you’ve challenged me. It’s not very often that I get excited to step out of my homemade box, but you have all shown me how truly important it is to do so.

Prevention best way to deal with mental illness

There are many limitations in finding a cure-all for mental illness. In my eyes, there is only one way to avoid the risk of mental illness among any given population, and that is prevention. Of course this isn’t to say that once a person has mental illness, all hope is lost. There is a road to recovery.

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