10 Basic Steps to Mental Health Recovery
There are a few basic things you can do to help improve your overall quality of life. While some of these things may seem small, you may be surprised just how much they can impact your mood.
1. Get Enough Sleep: Sleep plays a huge role in both our mental and physical well being. While you sleep, your body and your brain rests and recharges for the next day. Without it, your whole system is altered. In fact, disturbances in sleep is one of the diagnostic criteria for depression, among other mental health illnesses! If you find you are getting poor sleep, not enough sleep, or too much sleep (yes, there is such a thing!), assess your sleep hygiene. (more…)
Your 411 On Mental Health Credentials
Psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist—what’s the difference?? Often times, many people confuse these terms, frequently assuming they’re synonymous. However, they all mean different things, but people in these professions strive for the same outcome: to improve people’s lives.
A therapist is a more general term and refers to anyone who has had some level of training in psychotherapy. This can include psychologists, master’s level counselors, or psychiatrists, to name a few. It is important to know that the term ‘therapist’ is not regulated by any type of licensing or credentialing board, so anyone can call themselves a (more…)
Questions To Ask A Psychologist During An Initial Consultation
So you’ve decided to seek outside, professional help…now what? First of all, kudos to you for being willing to accept professional help to deal with your life’s stressors. Even getting to this point of acceptance can be challenging, especially if you’re typically someone who has considered themselves capable of solving your own problems—and have been effective thus far, without outside intervention! Many people can find choosing a psychologist to be initially overwhelming, and that’s normal. Listed below are some things to consider when choosing a psychologist: (more…)