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Don’t MIND Me


Breaking down stigma • Pathways toward recovery • Accessibility for ALL!

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY ! Please consider donating via the link in bio and sharing our campaign to help us meet our fundraising goal. We hope to match last year’s $12,000 Mental Health Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund - this scholarship granted access to critical mental health care to those who wouldn’t have been able to afford it. We know how impactful this fund can be, and we hope to continue to reach more people in need with your help!

Thank you to our incredible Don’t MIND Me board, advisors, collaborators, ambassadors, partners, and donors that have helped us move the needle forward in mental health advocacy, action, and access. We wouldn’t be here without you 💚 Click the link in our bio to learn more about us and our work!

Special thank you to this video’s featured guests Mädchen Amick, Mina Tobias, David Alexis, Dana Mason, Brian Kraus, Alaina Bendi, Brittany Marie Barrett, and Asha Ashanti 💚

#DontMINDMe #DMM #GivingTuesday #CrisisIntervention #mentalhealth #fundraiser
Let’s talk about the different types of #THERAPY

A theory of psychotherapy acts as a roadmap for psychologists: It guides them through the process of understanding clients and their problems and developing solutions.

Approaches to psychotherapy fall into five broad categories:

This approach focuses on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations.

This approach focuses on learning's role in developing both normal and abnormal behaviors. This includes:
* Classical conditioning, or associative learning.
* "Desensitizing” - a therapist might help a client with a phobia through repeated exposure to whatever it is that causes anxiety.
* Operant conditioning. This type of learning relies on rewards and punishments to shape people's behavior.
* Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on both thoughts and behaviors.

This approach emphasizes what people think rather than what they do. Cognitive therapists believe that it's dysfunctional thinking that leads to dysfunctional emotions or behaviors. By changing their thoughts, people can change how they feel and what they do.

This approach emphasizes people's capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes. Three types of humanistic therapy are especially influential:
* Client-centered therapy rejects the idea of therapists as authorities on their clients' inner experiences. Instead, therapists help clients change by emphasizing their concern, care and interest.
* Gestalt therapy emphasizes what it calls "organismic holism," the importance of being aware of the here and now and accepting responsibility for yourself.
* Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination and the search for meaning.

Many therapists don't tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client's needs.

Check out our resource page at dontmindme.org/resources-support for more information about what therapy might benefit you!

(Source: https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy/approaches) #DontMINDMe #DMM #mentalhealth #psychotherapy #cbt #psychoanalysis #behaviortherapy #cognitivetherapy #humanisttherapy #integrativetherapy
Let’s talk about STRESS 👇

“1. Stress can cause acne
If you have more breakouts when you’re stressed, it may not be a coincidence. Studies have found that acne may be linked with stress.

2. Stress may increase how often you get sick
In one study, a group of older adults was given the flu vaccine and researchers found that those under chronic stress had a weakened immune response to the vaccine. These results point to a possible association between stress and decreased immunity.

3. Your digestive issues may be related to stress
Some studies have found that stress can affect your digestive system, leaving you with an upset stomach or issues like constipation or diarrhea.

4. Stress makes it harder to remember things
When you’re experiencing a stressful event or chronic stress, your brain may be overstimulated. Stress also causes your body to release hormones that make it difficult for your brain to create new memories.

5. Stress can reduce your life expectancy
A meta-analysis indicated that an estimated 5 million deaths each year are attributed to mood and anxiety disorders worldwide, both natural and otherwise.

6. Some stress can be good
This type of good stress is called eustress. Eustress leads to a positive response rather than a negative one, like when you go on a first date or ride a roller coaster.

7. Stressful thoughts can make you physically sick
Long-term stress can play a key role in how you physically feel. While our bodies can handle some stress, chronic stress and worry may manifest in physical symptoms.

8. Stress can dampen your sex drive
Stress triggers your fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response. While prioritizing body actions that help you survive a threat, your body and brain also dampen other bodily functions — like your libido.

9. Stress can make your allergy symptoms feel worse
It isn’t just psychological stress that can amplify your allergy symptoms. Physical stress, like intense exercise, can also make your allergy symptoms feel worse.

10. Stress can affect your menstrual cycle
High stress levels are associated with menstrual regularities such as a late or skipped period. Periods may also become heavier, more painful, or irregular during high stress.”
#DMM #DontMINDMe #stress #mentalhealth (source: Psych Central - Important Facts To Know About Stress)
#DMMDidYouKnow - July is BIPOC Mental Health Month 👇

“Our lives are deeply intertwined with our environments, and these surroundings impact our mental health and overall wellness. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) populations are faced with disproportionate amounts of historical trauma and displacement that can challenge their ability to thrive in their environments. However, culture, community, and connection are pillars that support and uplift BIPOC individuals in the face of oppression and systemic racism.

Creating and sustaining a community around you is important to your mental health. Humans are social creatures, meaning our brains are wired to seek connection with others. These connections allow us to share interests and feel a sense of belonging and security.

For BIPOC individuals, making connections with those of similar backgrounds has not only provided a sense of belonging and solidarity but has also been a necessary method of survival. Through the power of community connection, BIPOC individuals have been able to sustain themselves and their cultural values.”

#DontMINDMe #DMM #mentalhealth #BIPOC #BIPOCmentalhealth #BIPOCmentalhealthmonth (source: Mental Health America - BIPOC Mental Health Month)
Today’s #DMMDidYouKnow is all about SLEEP 💤👇

“Brain activity fluctuates during sleep, increasing and decreasing during different sleep stages that make up the sleep cycle. In NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, overall brain activity slows, but there are quick bursts of energy. In REM sleep, brain activity picks up rapidly, which is why this stage is associated with more intense dreaming.

Each stage plays a role in brain health, allowing activity in different parts of the brain to ramp up or down and enabling better thinking, learning, and memory. Research has also uncovered that brain activity during sleep has profound effects on emotional and mental health.

Sufficient sleep, especially REM sleep, facilitates the brain’s processing of emotional information. During sleep, the brain works to evaluate and remember thoughts and memories, and it appears that a lack of sleep is especially harmful to the consolidation of positive emotional content. This can influence mood and emotional reactivity and is tied to mental health disorders and their severity, including the risk of suicidal ideas or behaviors.

As a result, the traditional view, which held that sleep problems were a symptom of mental health disorders, is increasingly being called into question. Instead, it is becoming clear that there is a bidirectional relationship between sleep and mental health in which sleeping problems may be both a cause and consequence of mental health problems.

Although further research is needed to identify the diverse connections between sleep and mental health, the existing evidence demonstrates that there is a multifaceted relationship that can be influenced by numerous factors in any specific person’s case.”

Sources: Sleep Foundation - Mental Health And Sleep https://www.sleepfoundation.org/mental-health

#DontMINDMe #DMM #sleep #REM #NREM #sleepstages #mentalhealth
DID YOU KNOW about hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations? Have you ever seen, heard, or felt things that weren’t there when waking up from a dream, or falling asleep at night? 👇

Hypnopompic hallucinations are hallucinations that occur in the morning as you’re waking up. They are very similar to hypnagogic hallucinations, or hallucinations that occur at night as you’re falling asleep.

When you experience these hallucinations, you see, hear, or feel things that aren’t actually there. Sometimes these hallucinations occur alone, and other times they occur in conjunction with sleep paralysis.

Hypnopompic hallucinations are relatively common, occurring in over 12% of people. Up to 37% of people experience [hypnagogic] hallucinations. Together, hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations are referred to as hypnagogia. They both likely originate during an early, non-REM sleep stage.

In 86% of cases, hypnopompic hallucinations are visual. They often involve seeing moving shapes and colors, or images of animals or people. Between 8% and 34% of these hallucinations involve sound. Common sounds include the ringing of bells or the sound of talking voices. Sounds may be paired with images or occur on their own. Also, in 25% to 44% of instances, hypnopompic hallucinations involve tactile sensations. For example, a person might feel like they are weightless, flying, or in the room with another person.

#DMMDidYouKnow #DontMINDMe #DMM #hypnopompichallucinations #hypnagogichallucinations #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #hallucinations (source: SleepFoundation.org - Jay Summer, Dr. Abhinav Singh)
DID YOU KNOW - Spring’s effects on our mental health?

It’s fairly well-known that as the seasons change from autumn to winter, many people experience the winter blues or even seasonal affective disorder (seasonal depression). But what about the much anticipated and welcome shift from winter to spring? If you find yourself frustrated by mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, mania, and even suicidal ideation during spring, know that there are legitimate reasons.

The nature of the shift from winter to spring can disrupt mental health in several ways:

Changing light: Our circadian rhythms change with the increased length and intensity of sunlight, affecting sleep-wake cycles, energy, and mood. Studies have shown that both suicide rates and manic episodes of bipolar disorder peak during the spring season due to change in our circadian rhythm.1
Differing routines: While it can be refreshing to be able to spend more time outdoors and do different activities, it’s still a change our minds and bodies must adjust to. A change in routine can cause or worsen anxiety and stress.
Expectations: Often, we feel we should be happy and active because it’s spring. The sight of other people enjoying the sunshine can make us hard on ourselves if we simply can’t muster the energy or desire to do so, too. Imposing expectations on ourselves can worsen anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders.
The start of spring can indeed negatively impact mental health. Practicing self-care and even working with a mental health professional can help you through it.

#DMMDidYouKnow #DontMINDMe #DMM #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness
It’s #AAPIHeritageMonth - and we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight Asian American / Pacific Islander Communities Mental Health!


According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, mental health issues are on the rise for Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian young adults.

Serious mental illness (SMI) rose from 2.9 percent (47,000) to 5.6 percent (136,000) in AAPI people ages 18-25 between 2008 and 2018.

Major depressive episodes increased from 10 percent-13.6 percent in AAPI youth ages 12-17, 8.9 percent to 10.1 percent in young adults 18-25, and 3.2 percent to 5 percent in the 26-49 age range between 2015 and 2018.

Suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts are also rising among AAPI young adults. While still lower than the overall U.S. population aged 18-25, 8.1 percent (196,000) of AAPI 18-25 year-olds had serious thoughts of suicide in 2018, compared to 7.7 percent (122,000) in 2008. 2.2 percent (52,000) made a plan in 2018, compared to 1.8 percent (29,000) in 2008, and 7,000 more AAPI young adults made an attempt in 2018, compared to 2008.

Binge drinking, smoking (cigarettes and marijuana), illicit drug use and prescription pain reliever misuse are more frequent among AAPI adults with mental illnesses.

Treatment Issues

Language barriers make it difficult for Asian Americans to access mental health services. Discussing mental health concerns is considered taboo in many Asian cultures. Because of this, Asian Americans tend to dismiss, deny, or neglect their symptoms.

Lack of awareness of the resources and services that are available, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health issues, are the biggest deterrents in seeking professional help.

Most young Asian Americans tend to seek out support from personal networks such as close friends, family members, and religious community members rather than seek professional help for their mental health concerns.

Share this with anyone who wants to learn more about AAPI and the specific mental health concerns in the community #DontMINDMe #DMM (source: Mental Health America - Asian American / Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health)
For today’s #DMMDIdYouKnow - let’s talk about Sleep! Are you looking for ways to improve your sleep schedule for your mental health? Check out the tips below to get started 👇

1. Watch what you consume. Avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol or sugar before bedtime, or eating large meals. Curb screen use. Shut down electronic, screened devices at least a half-hour before you plan to sleep, as the blue light they emit stimulates the brain.

2. Create a comfortable sleep environment. Is your bedroom cool and dark? Are your bed and pillow comfortable? Try to create an oasis that feels comfortable and cozy, so that getting into bed feels welcoming.

3. Employ relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, body scan meditation, and mindfulness can help calm individuals and decrease anxiety about going to sleep.

4. Exercise. Studies show that exercise is associated with improved sleep quality. Talk with your health care provider about the kind of exercise that will work for you. Note on timing: Avoid exercise too close to bedtime.

5. Try therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you control or eliminate negative thoughts and worries that keep you awake.

6. Find time to nap. A brief nap—up to 30 minutes—can help you feel alert again during the day. Even 15 minutes of daytime sleep is helpful. Avoid naps after 3 pm.

7. Don’t fight sleeplessness. If you wake up and find you cannot fall back asleep, try getting up to reading a book or listen to music, instead of tossing and turning.

8. Be consistent. Aim to go to sleep and wake up the same time every day.

9. Talk to your doctor about medication and other remedies. If you suffer from insomnia, talk to your health care provider about medications and herbal remedies. Doctors don’t generally recommend staying on medication for more than a few weeks for insomnia, but there are a few medications that have been approved for longer term use. source: NAMI California - BETTER SLEEP TO MAINTAIN MENTAL HEALTH)
For todays #DMMDidYouKnow - let’s talk about one of the most rare mental disorders, #DepersonalizationDisorder 👇

“Depersonalization/ Derealization Disorder (DDD) is one of the most rare mental disorders. DDD results in people feeling outside of their body. It also can include feeling like things outside of them aren’t real. Common symptoms include:
* Feeling completely numb to sensations or emotions.
* Feeling disconnected to the mind and body.
* Experiencing detachment from past memories or experiences.
* Believing that your body and limbs are distorted.
* Feeling extreme awareness of your surroundings.
* Perceiving recent events as events that happened a long time ago.
* Seeing surroundings through a distorted lens (i.e, two-dimensional, larger-than-life, colorless).

Unlike with psychotic disorders, people struggling with DDD have insight into their experiences. Many of them fear that something is wrong with them. Only around 2% of people who have experienced a dissociative episode meet the criteria for DDD.”
#DontMINDMe #DMM #mentalillness #DDD (source: MedCircle, Rare Mental Disorders: What You Need to Know)
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