True healing from PTSD is a challenge to find

Helping Someone with PTSD

Helping Someone with PTSD

Helping a Loved One While Taking Care of Yourself

Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson. Last updated: July 2018.

When someone you care about suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. The changes in your loved one can be worrying or even frightening. You may feel angry about what’s happening to your family and relationship, or hurt by your loved one’s distance and moodiness. But it’s important to know is that you’re not helpless. Your support can make all the difference in your partner, friend, or family member’s recovery. With your help, your loved one can overcome PTSD and move on with their life.

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How you eat affects how you feel

Food and Your Mood: Nutrition and Mental Health

The documentary 'Super Size Me' is a very extreme depiction of how food can make someone feel. In this 2004 movie, Morgan Spurlock sets out to eat only McDonald's food 3 times per day for 30 days to explore the connection between the obesity epidemic and the increased intake of fast food in our country. He consumes nothing, not even water, unless it comes from McDonald's, and if he's ever asked to 'super size' a meal, he has to say yes, hence the title. In addition, he restricts his physical activity.

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Your mental health is affected by your mental health

Exercise for Mental Health

Exercise for Mental Health

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2006; 8(2): 106.

Ashish Sharma, M.D.,1 Vishal Madaan, M.D.,2 and Frederick D. Petty, M.D., Ph.D.3

In this era of exponential growth of the “metabolic syndrome” and obesity, lifestyle modifications could be a cost-effective way to improve health and quality of life. Lifestyle modifications can assume especially great importance in individuals with serious mental illness. Many of these individuals are at a high risk of chronic diseases associated with sedentary behavior and medication side effects, including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease.1 An essential component of lifestyle modification is exercise. The importance of exercise is not adequately understood or appreciated by patients and mental health professionals alike. Evidence has suggested that exercise may be an often-neglected intervention in mental health care.2

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Getting enough sleep has an impact on your mental health

Bipolar disorder and sleep

Bipolar disorder and sleep



Extreme highs, extreme lows, and the sleep problems that go with it are commonplace for the over 3 million Americans living with bipolar disorder.

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