Author Archives: ben overby

Be A Friend, Listen, Believe, Show-up

Kevin (not his real name) is in his mid twenties. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 13. He hears voices, has a typical disorganized thought process, but is well-treated with medication.  He spent time in a mental … Continue reading

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Being a Paper Wad Can Be Good!

Looking back on the first time I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I can think of a lot of metaphors to describe the shock. Imagine a notebook. All the pages are normal, useful, where they should be. As you thumb … Continue reading

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Diagnoses Inflation and Medication Over-kill

Diagnoses Inflation and Medication Over-kill.

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Diagnoses Inflation and Medication Over-kill

Dr. Allen Frances chaired the DSV-IV task force–the holy grail for psychiatrist in determining diagnosis. Recently I read his book Saving Normal. It made a lot of sense. DSM-5 came out a couple of years ago and we experienced what … Continue reading

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Listening Session

There will be a listening session March 13, from 1 until 4:30. All are invited to give feedback to various groups that are influential regarding mental health services in our area. Ideas for improvement and your personal experience are welcome. … Continue reading

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War

Thomas Merton made the following simple observation in the initial sentence of The New Man. “Life and death are at war within us. As soon as we are born, we begin at the same time to live and die.” And … Continue reading

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contrary to my previous announcement, the meeting scheduled for February the 11th will be held on February the 18th. Sorry for the confusion

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12 Step Meeting

We will join with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network to conduct Double Trouble in Recovery peer meetings beginning Tuesday, February 11 @ 6:00pm. This is a 12 step program for people living with a dual diagnosis– mental illness plus … Continue reading

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A Conversation: Confirms many of the problems associated with Mental Illness

Exclusive Interview With Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1401/27/acd.01.html Aired January 27, 2014 – 20:00   ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Good … Continue reading

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Change Talk

I attended a meeting last week. We learned how to recognize “change talk” and “sustain talk.” If you have a family member living with a mental illness and who has been reluctant to seek a professional or the guidance of … Continue reading

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