EXPERIENCING WELLNESS WHILE LIVING WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER – WENDY BLANCHARD, M.S., CHHC, CPS

One of the things that I teach about as an educator in the mental health field certified by the National Council on Behavioral Health, are a variety of mental health disorders. One Disorder that I am getting lots of questions about lately is manic depression.

Manic episodes are a quick change in mood/mindset/behavior, highs and lows,  that may come about when we lack impulse control and self-regulation, and when we are living with depression. We may be triggered by a specific situation, or person, at any given time.

We all have mental health, and depending upon what is happening within us, and around us in our environment, we may fluctuate from feeling well, to feeling unwell on the continuum, and it’s up to us to know what we need to get back to balance in feeling well…we must ask for what we need. We must be vulnerable, which at its core, means taking emotional risk, and facing uncertainty…courage.

In order to live in WELLNESS, we must seek outside professional support, and perhaps even medication, in addition to acquiring new healthy practices that will manage symptoms of mania, such as talk therapy, exercise, healthy foods, healthy, loving relationships, recreation, good sleep hygiene, limiting our time on social media, and positive thinking, which all create a sustainable healthy mood/mindset.

Most importantly, we must be open and willing to face ourselves, to be brave enough to dig deep and do the work, and to know and understand that this disorder is completely diagnosable, treatable, and manageable.

There is full hope in recovery!

Wishing you Harmonious Health 4 Life!

Love and blessings,

Wendy

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