Shelby Paulsen is the director of The Rising Sun Clubhouse.
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.
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.
“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.
“Here I am, alone again.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
The human body is constantly surprising me — especially the brain. New research into the brain continues to inform my academic appetite and I can’t help but share it.